Rallying with Hotel Workers

Thanks to all the Local 251 members who came out to the rally to support hotel workers who are organizing for justice.

Local 251 stands behind workers at the Hilton Providence as they organize for better working conditions, higher pay and respect.

Shop Steward Seminars

Thanks to all the shop stewards who attended the training on Investigating Disciplinary Grievances on February 22.

Our next shop steward seminar will be held after the General Membership Meeting on Sunday, March 30. The topic will be Dealing with Supervisors in the Office.

Members Put an End to Secret Deals at R.I. Hospital

Former Local 251 officers signed illegal side agreements with R.I. Hospital that gutted members’ rights. They kept these deals secret from the members. But the days of secrecy are over in Local 251.

President and Business Agent Paul Santos negotiated a mid-contract agreement that protects members’ seniority and bumping rights if management changes their status as a part-time, full-time or temporary employee.

But before the change went into effect, Santos insisted the agreement had to be voted on by the members. More than 500 Hospital Teamsters attended a union meeting to discuss the change. Members voted 501 to 12 to back the new agreement.

“Members sent a message to the hospital that it’s a new day in this union,” said President Paul Santos. “Teamsters at the Hospital are going to be informed and we’re going to be united and prepared for contract negotiations,” Santos said.

Teamster Solidarity


Local 251 members rallied in solidarity with workers at the Renaissance Hotel and their union, UNITE HERE. Reinaissance Hotel workers are calling for a boycott of the hotel until managements respects the right of workers there to form a union and organize for better working conditions, higher pay and respect. We stand behind Renaissance Hotel workers in their struggle for justice.

Click here to watch a video to learn more about the UNITE HERE struggle at the Renaissance Hotel.

Members Pack Union Meeting

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More than four hundred Local 251 members packed the union hall on Jan. 26 for our first General Membership Meeting of the year.  

The new Executive Board took the oath of office and reported on their action agenda to put members first, including, shop steward elections, a new shop steward education program, contract negotiations and the launching of a Local 251 Women’s Committee.

Thanks to Local 251 members for your participation. This is your union.  All members who want to positively move our Local forward are encouraged to get involved.