We are off to a strong start in 2024, despite the cold temperatures. 

On Saturday, January 13th, we had our Monthly Membership Meeting with a good number of Members in person and on Zoom.  Special guest speaker was workers' compensation attorney Lyndon Helton.  Lyndon gave a good overview of the basics of workers' compensation in North Carolina and answered detailed questions from our Members. 

For the first time ever, UPS employees enjoyed a paid holiday on Monday, January 15th and had the day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We recognize Dr. King's legacy of fighting for equality for all people.  



Thank you to the Veterans who have served our country so bravely.  We appreciate you and your service to this country more than we can express.  A special shoutout to our Teamster Veterans.  We have many retired and reserve military men and women working hard across all of our industries, in all of our workplaces, every single day.  At our monthly meeting, we had several in attendance.  Thank you to everyone who came out on your Saturday to attend the monthly meeting and see the IBT Organizing Departments training session. Thank you to David & Dennis for coming out this month to help us with our internal organizing.  They visited our UPS Asheville & Hickory centers and signed up several new members for Local 61.


On Saturday, November 11th, the Teamsters Organizing Department hosted an Internal Organizing Training for Local 61 UPS shop stewards in Asheville, North Carolina. Following the ratification of the historic new contract at UPS, the Organizing Department has continued its internal organizing program with a focus on contract enforcement and signing up non-members in Right to Work states.

Growing the Teamster membership at UPS is critical to building rank-and-file strength and enforcing the new contract. Any local unions that are interested in partnering with the Teamsters Organizing Department to conduct UPS internal organizing trainings can use the link below to sign up for more information: https://teamster.org/building-ups-membership/

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Local 61 was proud to be a part of the 115th Annual Canton Labor Day parade again this year.  We were joined on our float by members from several of our locations and their families.  It was inspiring to see the turnout from the community after such a hard year for the town of Canton.  After the recent closure of the towns paper mill, Evergreen, which opened over a century ago and employed thousands of workers over the years. 

'This year with the mill closed, the parade felt a little different.  It was quite emotional,' President Mark Greene stated. 'We have always been proud to be a part of the oldest Labor Day parade in the South.'

To see more photos and read more about this historic parade, click the following link from the Asheville Citizen Times article: 



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Canton Labor Day Parade 2023

NC State AFL-CIO’s 66th Annual Convention Brings Labor Solidarity To Asheville

The in-person event brought together nearly 275 labor union activists and leaders to educate and inspire North Carolina workers to keep up historic levels of union organizing!

“Ain’t no mountain high enough, no corporation big enough, and no politician powerful enough to stop us from moving forward until there’s justice and shared prosperity for us all!”

RALEIGH, NC – For the 66th year in a row, hundreds of North Carolina union members and leaders, community organizers, and elected officials came together at the Annual Convention of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7th and 8th in Asheville, to say, “Ain’t no mountain high enough” to stop working people from organizing and mobilizing because life truly is better in a union. 

See photos of the 66th Annual Convention on DropEvent.com

With public approval of unions and union organizing victories both at historic levels, the day and a half convention brought together nearly 275 labor leaders and activist members from across North Carolina for inspirational speeches, panel discussions, and rallies all focused on building the labor movement and the solidarity support needed to meet the moment. 

Speakers in attendance included: 

  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
  • AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond 
  • National Nurses United Executive Director Bonnie Castillo 

“Now is our time,” said NC State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan. “We have an incredible opportunity to change workers’ lives and our nation for the better. Together there ain’t no mountain high enough, no corporation big enough, and no politician powerful enough to stop us from organizing and moving forward until there’s justice and shared prosperity for all of us!”

On Thursday morning, National Nurses United executive director Bonnie Castillo kicked things off with an impassioned defense of union organizing to protect patients and working people alike. “Our oath to care for patients doesn’t stop at the hospital wall! We’ll continue to fight for meaningful change and to organize in the South!”

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Local 61 President Mark Greene was invited to speak at an event to bring awareness on workers' rights & health care justice on September 7th, 2023 at Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville.  This event was held at the end of day one of an annual two day event hosted by the North Carolina AFL-CIO.  The AFL-CIO chose to host their 66th Annual Convention in Asheville this year.  Local 61 was represented by Delegates; Brothers Blake Honeycutt, Shawn Kennedy, Thomas Lupton and Lee Player.  Thank you to our delegates for representing Local 61 at this event. 

You can read more on this event and browse more photos at the following link: https://aflcionc.org/66th-annual-convention-brings-labor-solidarity-to-asheville/

Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Ball served on the UPS National Negotiating Committee and said the following; "I am extremely proud of the Members in our Local Union.  Our Local produced one of the highest turnout percentages in the nation.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for their future and to stand up for what they believe in."

Business Agent Tommy Pintacuda served on the Atlantic Area Supplement Negotiating Committee said the following; "Our shop stewards put their all into informing our members on what this contract holds for their future and encouraging voter turnout. We have a histortic contract with increased wages and pensions plus new language that helps protect the jobs of all our Members."

The 2023-2028 UPS Contract and Atlantic Area Supplement voting results are in for Local 61.  Below are the official numbers.


Local Tentative Agreement Yes Yes % No No % Total
61 UPS Teamsters National Master Tentative Agreement 829 87.54 118 12.46 947
61 Atlantic Area Supplemental Tentative Agreement 780 82.8 162 17.2 942

Click Link Below to see the National & Atlantic Area Supplement Proposed Changes





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