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March 23, 2018

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Fifteen workers die, another 170 are injured when a series of explosions rip through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety.
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March/April 2013 Newsletter
Updated On: Mar 27, 2013

March/April 2013

Brothers and Sisters:

Well, I guess it's safe to say that you are as fed up with this cold winter weather as I am.

It's looking better as we are getting closer to good weather, with spring training underway and St. Paddy’s day on March 17th. The first day of spring will be here on March 20th, with Easter on March 31st. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on March 10th.

The bowling banquet is to be held on May 8th at the Union Hall from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Remember this is for bowlers only.

Not All Thieves are Stupid: This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology...

GPS: A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium, and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. This is something to consider if you have a GPS. Don't put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

MOBILE PHONES: I never thought of this. A lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he said, “I received your text asking about our PIN number and I replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the PIN number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

MORAL OF THE LESSON: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you. PLEASE PASS THIS ON “I never thought about the above! As of now, I no longer have 'home' listed on my cell phone.” Even if this does not pertain to you....Pass it on to your family & friends.

FYI:  Re UPC barcode information - Remember, if the barcode begins with the numbers 690-695, then the product was made in China. Buy things made in the USA!

Remember, the Teamsters Local No. 355 website is The retirees have a link on the web page. Don’t forget to check out the photo links.

New Members: Gilbert Heiland (Baltimore Sun), Eric Regan (Penske), Bob Brown (UPS), Ron Biller (Preston), and Benjamin Risso (ABF).
Sick Members: Steve Glowacki, Joe Reichert, Joe Gardner, John Loritz, Will Davidson, Steve Eckelt, and John Irwin.
Deceased Members: Jessie Artis (Esskay), William Hedge (Reliable Liquor), Joseph Dober (News American), John Kosko (Reliable Liquor). and Dick Chandler (Mountainside).
   Please keep these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The March meeting will be held on Thursday, the 21th, and the April meeting on Thursday the 18th, in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local Union No. 355, 1030 South Dukeland Street, Baltimore, MD 21223. Coffee and donuts are served starting at 9:30 a.m. The Executive Board meets at 10 a.m. The general meeting starts at 11 a.m. A light lunch will be served following the general meeting. Remember to bring another retired member with you to the meetings.


Bob Eney,

General Membership Meetings
Baltimore: April 8, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
Salisbury: April 8
, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
The Salisbury meeting will be held
at the Hampton Inn Salisbury,
121 East Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801

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