Secretary-Treasurer Brian Ball met with a group of Local 61 retirees and discussed pension news.  The North Carolina Committee to Protect Pensions (NCCPP) has worked extremely hard to lobby Congress and advocate for protections of the earned pensions of our retirees.  NCCPP leaders Dale Hanner and Norm Parham gave updates concerning the Central States Pension Fund.  Brother Brian Ball gave updates to the group about active issues happening at Local 61 including upcoming negotiations for UPS, T-Force & ABF.  

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On Saturday, January 14th, we had a good turn out at the monthly membership meeting.  Business Agent Tommy Pintacuda discussed upcoming negotiations with UPS & ways for our members to stay updated and involved.  New Officers were sworn in for the term of Jan. 2023 - Dec. 2025.  New Officers are as follows:

Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Ball

President - Mark Greene

Vice President - Ethan Carlton

Recording Secretary - Doug Carruthers

Trustee - Rodney Bagwell

Trustee - Justin Carswell

Trustee - Lee Player

Business Agent - Tommy Pintacuda

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A Hallmark project titled, 'A Biltmore Christmas' was filmed in Asheville & Hendersonville, NC.  18 Teamsters Local 61 movie drivers worked on this production.  Since the 1990's, our Local Union has maintained a movie list for professional drivers who want to work in the TV or film industry.  This project was the latest film produced in our area.  Previous priojects have included; The Peripheral, Three Billboards, Dirty Dancing & The Hunger Games.

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December has been a busy month working to get all open UPS grievances settled. We had a productive Monthly Membership meeting even though most of our UPS Members had to work.  Several Members listened in via Zoom to our meeting this month.  

The IBT held a UPS Shop Steward Update Meeting on Sunday, December 18, 2022.  This conference call provided good information about the timeline of our upcoming contract and the need to keep our Members involved.

Business Agent, Tommy Pintacuda was selected to be on the Union Negotiating Committee for our AAPGC UPS Supplement. Tommy is excited about the opportunity to negotiate a contract with UPS and work hard to attain the necessary changes that we need.

Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Ball conducted contract ratification votes with our Members at DFA-PET Dairy in Asheville & Lenoir. The Members ratified the contract and we are awaiting the results from the other four (4) Locals involved.

Business Agent, Tommy Pintacuda has installed new Union bulletin boards at our new US Foods locations (Fletcher & Lenoir). We are working hard to ensure these Members get as much information as possible about the Union.

Local 61 Congratulates Recording Secretary, Randy Childres 

After 37 years of union service, Brother Childres recently retired from UPS in Lenoir, NC.  Randy has served on the Executive Board as a Trustee in 2004 and as Recording Secretary from 2008-2022.  At our recent monthly membership meeting the members recognized Randy with a plaque.  Randy has been very dedicated to our Local Union and has served as shop steward at UPS in Lenoir for roughly 30 years. 

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Ball commented, "Randy Childres set examples for others to follow when it comes to being a Teamster leader.  His integrity, passion to serve and dedication to our Executive Board will be missed." 

Randy is serving out the remainder of his term, through the end of December 2022.

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 UPS Members Submit Contract Proposals

On November 4th, 2022, Local 61 forwarded many contract proposals to the Package Division at the IBT.  Our members highlighted the issues that are in need of change for our 2023 Contract.  Our Local Union plans to keep members informed and involved in these important negotiations.  


Allies Join Teamsters to Demand Action on Bipartisan Klobuchar-Grassley Bill

(WASHINGTON) — The Teamsters are demanding congressional leaders take up bipartisan antitrust legislation during the current lame duck session of Congress. Approving such a bill would crack down on the anti-competitive actions of Amazon and other wealthy corporations that ignore the concerns of their workers.

In a letter sent to top House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday, the Teamsters and allied groups called for the immediate passage of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992), which would curb the dominance of Amazon and other Big Tech companies. The bill sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) would restrict unfair business practices that harm workers and small businesses.

“Congress must stop the white-collar criminals leading Amazon and other global behemoths now,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Amazon and other Big Tech firms are being allowed to run roughshod over workers while CEOs and executives pocket billions in bonuses. Workers deserve better and America’s elected leaders must do better.”

Amazon has used anti-competitive practices to monopolize cloud computing and retail e-commerce, allowing it to dominate the warehousing and logistics industry and threaten good-paying union jobs. The company’s warehouse practices have also led to sky-high injury and astronomical worker turnover rates. 

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UPS Members Prepare for Contract Proposals

Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Ball & Business Agent, Tommy Pintacuda have been visiting all of our UPS Centers throughout the month of October with the handouts linked below.  We want to involve our Members and encourage participation in the upcoming contract negotiations.  We are encouraging Members to fillout the forms and email them back to the Local or give a copy to their shop steward.  Link to forms: UPS Contract Proposals

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US Foods Contract Approved 

On Saturday, October 15th, 2022 US Foods Drivers in Lenoir and Fletcher, NC met with Business Agent, Tommy Pintacuda.  The delivery and shuttle drivers reviewed and voted on a first time, 3 year agreement.  This contract covers over 100 employees in North Carolina and includes Locals 61, 71 and 391.  The contract contains significant health insurance and wage improvements.  We welcome these new Members and look forward to representing them.  

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2022 TeamCare Summit

Our Office Manager, Stevanie Branch attended the annual TeamCare Summit in Rosemont, IL.  The Summit included important updates on Pension and Health & Welfare.  If you have any pension or insurance questions, please feel free to reach out to her at 828-665-2834 x102.


IBT Southern Region Update

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Ball and Business Agent, Tommy Pintacuda attended an update meeting with IBT Leadership in Atlanta, GA.  General President, Sean O'Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer, Fred Zuckerman led the meeting. 

The following topics were discussed by Division Directors or IBT Staff Members:

  • Organizing

  • Research and Strategic Initiatives

  • National UPS Contract Campaign

  • Amazon

  • Member Training and Development

  • Safety and Health

  • Freight Division Updates

  • Airline Division Updates

  • Political and Legislative


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