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Local 251 Election Results

Teamsters Local 251 completed our Local Election of Officers & Agents with the counting of the mail ballots on October 29, overseen by an independent election service.

Congratulations to the officers and agents elected, and thanks to all the members who participated by voting in the election.

The following candidates were elected for a term from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019:

Secretary Treasurer: Matthew Taibi
President: Paul Santos
Vice President: Antonio Suazo
Recording Secretary: Brooke Reeves
Trustee: Dennis Lavallee
Trustee: Carl Chicoine
Trustee: Decio Goulart
Business Agent: Paul Santos
Business Agent: Matthew Maini
Business Agent: Alan Torigian
Business Agent: Bob Sayer
Business Agent: Nick Williams

Click here to view the full results from the Official Certification.

Watch the Video of the IBT Officer Candidates Forum

General President Candidates Fred Zuckerman and General Secretary-Treasurer Candidate Ken Hall answered questions at the IBT Officer Candidates Forum on August 25, 2016. Members viewed the forum live on C-SPAN, and on the Teamsters web page and Facebook page, and the forum was recorded.

Now, the entire forum may be viewed in the Candidate Videos section of, or on the Election Supervisor’s Vimeo page,

Click here to read the full notice (Spanish version) on videos of the Candidates Forum from the Office of the Election Supervisor.

Informational picket and rally at Horizon Beverage, August 31st

8 workers employed at Horizon Beverage in West Greenwich RI voted to join Teamsters Local 251 on January 6, 2016, demanding dignity and respect, fair wages and good benefits. Teamsters represent workers in the beer, liquor and wine distribution industry, and seek to raise the standards of Horizon Beverage workers to Teamster standards.

What: Informational Picket & Rally

When: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 starting at 6am

Where: Horizon Beverage
119 Hopkins Hill Rd, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Please stand with Horizon Beverage workers and Teamsters Local 251 members in calling for a fair contract. Nothing in this statement should be construed to express any intention to engage in a strike or other concerted refusal to work.

Solidarity with the Nabisco 600: Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:30PM

More than 600 Nabisco workers in Chicago are fighting to save their community from being destroyed.

Come out to hear their story and share your solidarity Thursday, Sept. 8.

Mondolez (the food conglomerate based in Illinois that has Nabisco in its portfolio) announced that rather than invest $130 million in modernizing its plant in Chicago, they will instead move the jobs to a new factory in Mexico. The result: a loss of 600 well-paying and community-sustaining jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Corporate Greed is threatening to sell these jobs over the border.

Nabisco 600 Tour: Protect American Jobs
Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM
Teamsters Local 251 Union Hall
121 Brightridge Ave., East Providence, RI 02914

Teamster General President Candidates Forum

When: August 25, 2016 6:30 pm (EDT)

Where: National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

Who: Fred Zuckerman, candidate for IBT General President on the Teamsters United Slate
Ken Hall, candidate for IBT General Secretary-Treasurer on the Hoffa-Hall 2016 Slate
(Jim Hoffa, candidate for IBT General President on the Hoffa-Hall 2016 Slate has designated Mr. Hall to appear as his representative at the Candidates Forum. 2016 Election Rules, Article VII, Section 6(d))

Watch: Watch LIVE at or The internet audience will be able to submit questions that may be posed to the candidates during the Forum.

Watch the Forum later, or read the transcript, at

Check for updates about the General President Candidates Forum.

Download the official notice on the Candidates Forum from the Office of the Election Supervisor here.

Young Worker Leadership Institute

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO has been invited to participate in the Young Worker Leadership Institute- August 5-9 in Ohio. The RI AFL-CIO has 2 spots at this exciting conference to train and connect young union leaders from across the country. The AFL-CIO will be taking care of flights, hotels, and 2 meals a day and the Rhode Island AFL-CIO will be providing a $200 stipend for meals, taxis, and incidental expenses.

Young leaders in our union who may be interested in attending can apply here.

The YWLI is an advanced training that builds the labor movement by investing in young labor activists. The curriculum prepares young union members to build and help lead policy, organizing and political campaigns in their communities and through our Young Worker Advisory Council.

Fighting for Our Jobs in Fall River


The union-busting mayor of Fall River has issued layoff notices to 24 members. Teamsters Local 251 is fighting back at the bargaining table, at City Hall, in legal proceedings and in the streets.

Driven by a political agenda, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has rushed to privatize trash collection—no matter the cost to the city’s workforce or Fall River residents.

The mayor’s bargaining team stormed out of contract talks in April, declared impasse, and refused to negotiate further—in violation of labor law.

Next, the Mayor privatized trash collection and gave the work to EZ Disposal—against the urging of his own City Council.

Local 251 has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges. Our next hearings will be held on June 8th before the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board.

Community residents and the labor movement are standing with us. On May 10, Teamsters from Rhode Island and Boston rallied in front of City Hall. Verizon strikers joined our protest.

From there union members and their families marched into the City Council meeting. The Mayor stonewalled and tried to block us from testifying—but we succeeded.

The City Council passed a resolution urging the mayor to wait until the legal process is complete before laying off any workers. He refused and issued layoff notices to 24 Teamsters on June 3.

The Mayor’s reckless actions put Fall River at risk of a huge liability in back pay and benefits for work lost due to privatization.

Our case at the Labor Board is strong. If we win, the Mayor will have to return to the bargaining table. We are fighting to have layoffs reversed, win the work back from EZ Disposal and win full back pay and benefits for our members.

While the Union is presenting our charges at the Labor Board, we have also forced the Mayor to come back to the table to bargain over the impact of his privatization plan.

We have demanded that Local 251 members be guaranteed any available jobs at EZ Disposal for Fall River trash collection.

In a radio interview on WSAR, the Mayor promised that our members would have the first opportunities for this work. But in negotiations on June 2, the Mayor’s spokesperson said Local 251 members are not needed to do trash disposal in Fall River. He said that CDL drivers can apply for jobs in Metro Boston instead.

Mayor Correia is not the first anti-worker politician to take on the Teamsters—and he won’t be the last.

But Local 251 members are united in fighting to protect good jobs and quality services in our communities. We thank workers and their families for sticking together—and thank every Local 251 member who has supported this fight.

If you live in Fall River we encourage you to contact Mayor Correia and your City Councilors to support working families in Fall River, and to do the right thing for DPW workers facing layoffs.

We will keep you posted. United, we win.