April 2021 Membership Meeting

April Membership Meeting Notice

Brothers & Sisters:

Due to CDC guidelines and State of RI directives on public gatherings during the current pandemic, Teamsters Local 251 Executive Board voted to hold the April 2021 monthly meeting virtually. Such RI state directives prohibit large indoor meetings. When larger gatherings are allowed, we will explore outdoor meetings. But for April 2021, we will be conducting a membership meeting virtually instead.

All members are encouraged to participate in the membership meeting.

April Membership Meeting
Sunday, April 25, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM
Text Meeting251 to 313131 to Register
Please Respond to the Question(s) Asked

You must register ahead to access these meetings, to verify your standing in the union. To do so, please text Meeting251 to 313131 or call 401-434-0454 x222 during normal business hours. Cut off for registration is Friday April 23 at 4:30pm. We will provide login or call in information by text alert on the morning of the meeting to those who register. There is a limit on number of attendees so attendance is on a first come basis.

March 2021 Membership Meeting

March Membership Meeting Notice

Brothers & Sisters:

Due to CDC guidelines and State of RI directives on public gatherings during the current pandemic, Teamsters Local 251 Executive Board voted to hold the March 2021 monthly meeting virtually. Such RI state directives prohibit large indoor meetings. When larger gatherings are allowed, we will explore outdoor meetings. But for March 2021, we will be conducting a membership meeting virtually instead.

All members are encouraged to participate in the membership meeting.

March Membership Meeting
Sunday,March 28, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM
Text Meeting251 to 313131 to Register
Please Respond to the Question(s) Asked

You must register ahead to access these meetings, to verify your standing in the union. To do so, please text Meeting251 to 313131 or call 401-434-0454 x222 during normal business hours. Cut off for registration is Friday March 26 at 4:30pm. We will provide login or call in information by text alert on the morning of the meeting to those who register. There is a limit on number of attendees so attendance is on a first come basis.

Members Blow the Whistle on Harassment at UPS

Local 251 members came together to blow the whistle on harassment at UPS. United action by our union paid off. The very next day, the supervisor who serially harassed members was removed from his position.

For months, members on the preload shift filed grievances against a supervisor who harassed and humiliated employees. 

More than a dozen members filed harassment grievances with no response from management. The final straw came when the supervisor screamed at a hearing-impaired employee and told the shop steward, “I don’t give a crap about his handicap.”

When management continued to postpone grievance meetings, members took action. 

On February 18, shop stewards distributed leaflets and over 400 whistles to drivers and inside employees at shift change. 

“A lot of members hadn’t heard about the issue. Once they did, they wanted to send the message that we have each other’s backs,” said Jack Warren, the lead steward for the drivers.

“We let everyone know what was going on. Drivers were blowing the whistles as they went inside. The leaflets were everywhere,” said Matt Knowlton, the chief steward for the preload. 

“When we came back to work that night, members were blowing the whistles like crazy. That definitely got management’s attention and turned up the heat,” Knowlton said. 

The very next morning, management stopped stonewalling and met with the member and union representatives. The supervisor was demoted and lost his position as the number two boss on the shift. 

“It’s been a rough year. This was a real morale booster,” Knowlton said. 

“The message is clear. If you have a situation, your union has your back.” Warren said. 

February 2021 Monthly Meeting

February Membership Meeting Notice

Brothers & Sisters:

Due to CDC guidelines and State of RI directives on public gatherings during the current pandemic, Teamsters Local 251 Executive Board voted to hold the February 2021 monthly meeting virtually. Such RI state directives prohibit large indoor meetings. When larger gatherings are allowed, we will explore outdoor meetings. But for February 2021, we will be conducting a membership meeting virtually instead.

All members are encouraged to participate in the membership meeting.

February Membership Meeting
Sunday, February 28, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM
Text Meeting251 to 313131 to Register
Please Respond to the Question(s) Asked

You must register ahead to access these meetings, to verify your standing in the union. To do so, please text Meeting251 to 313131 or call 401-434-0454 x222 during normal business hours. Cut off for registration is Friday February 26 at 4:30pm. We will provide login or call in information by text alert on the morning of the meeting to those who register. There is a limit on number of attendees so attendance is on a first come basis.

Local 251 Delegates to the IBT Convention Elected

On January 16, 2021 the following members of Local 251 were nominated as candidates for delegate to 2021 IBT Convention.

Delegates
Matthew Taibi
Paul Santos
Matthew Maini
Antonio Suazo
Brooke Reeves
Decio Goulart
Michael Simone

Alternate Delegates
Steven Fredette
Gary DaSilva
Kelley McNally
Paul Slade
Luz Reyes de la Cruz

The number of nominees did not exceed the number of delegates and alternate delegates to be elected. Therefore the named candidates were declared elected and will represent Local 251 at the 2021 IBT Convention, to be conducted online June 21-25, 2021.

Click here to download the Nomination Meeting Results Posting.

Carrying on the Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“What are you doing for others?” This question is the guiding light of the labor and civil rights movements. Teamsters Local 251 strives to carry on Dr. King’s legacy by fighting everyday for the security, respect and dignity all of us deserve, both on the job and in our communities. The labor movement and the fight against racism and all forms of oppression are part of the same struggle. We are all in this together.

January 2021 Monthly Membership Meeting

January Membership Meeting Notice

Brothers & Sisters:

As we let you know in our last notice, due to CDC guidelines and State of RI directives on public gatherings during the current pandemic, Teamsters Local 251 Executive Board voted on separate occasions in 2020 to cancel the April, May, June, July and August monthly membership meetings. And we conducted the September, October, November & December 2020 monthly meetings virtually. Such RI state directives prohibit large indoor meetings. When larger gatherings are allowed, we will explore outdoor meetings. But for January 2021, we will be conducting a membership meeting virtually instead.

Immediately following the membership meeting, we will draw Charity Fund scholarship winners.

All members are encouraged to participate in the membership meeting.

January Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 31, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM
Text Meeting251 to 313131 to Register
Please Respond to the Question(s) Asked

You must register ahead to access these meetings, to verify your standing in the union. To do so, please text Meeting251 to 313131 or call 401-434-0454 x222 during normal business hours. Cut off for registration is Friday January 29 at 4:30pm. We will provide login or call in information by text alert on the morning of the meeting to those who register. There is a limit on number of attendees so attendance is on a first come basis.

RI Hospital Members: New Incentive Pay Program

Teamsters Local 251 would like to announce that we have successfully come to an agreement with Lifespan on an “Incentive Pay Program” that is designed to encourage members particularly in areas of need to sign up and commit to open and available shifts in advance. The Hospital will pay an incentive for working a minimum of 8 additional hours above the regularly scheduled hours in a week.

Click here to read the full details on the new program.