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February 21, 2017

On This Day in 1834:

Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company boarding houses and the increase was rescinded. One worker’s diary recounts a “stirring speech” of resistance by a co-worker, 11-year-old Harriet Hanson Robinson.

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Officers & Staff Info
President/Business Agent
Denis Taylor

   Denis served six years in the U.S. Army, before becoming a member of Local 355 in 1979 while employed as a driver at United Parcel Service. In 1982, he was elected by his coworkers as shop steward.
   He was Sargeant-at-Arms for Local 355 in 1983, and Recording Secretary for the local in 1988. In 1991 Denis became a local business agent. He was subsequently elected president and principal officer in 1994, a leadership position he has held since. 

  • President Teamsters Joint Council #62: 1998-Present
  • IBT International Representative: 2000-Present
  • IBT Trade Show & Convention Center Division Director: 2014-Present
  • IBT Trustee: 2016
  • Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee: 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2012
  • Local 355 Pension Fund Trustee: 2006-Present
  • UPS Atlantic Area Negotiating Committee: 1993,1997, 2002, 2007, 2012

Contact Denis at 410-566-5700.




Secretary-Treasurer/Business Agent
David White

   Dave originally joined the Teamsters Union in 1967 while employed at Montgomery Ward, and became a member of Local 355 in 1980 while employed as a driver for B. Green & Co. In 1983, Dave became shop steward for Green's transportation department, a position he held until 1993. 
   In 1994, Dave was elected Local 355 Secretary-Treasurer, a position he holds today.

  • Local 355 Health & Welfare Fund Labor Trustee: Chairman 1994-Present
  • Local 355 Pension Fund Labor Trustee: 1994-Present
  • Local 355 Legal Fund Labor Trustee: 1994-Present
  • Eastern Shore Teamsters Pension Fund Labor Trustee: 1998-Present  

Dave represents members at Transport Drivers Incorporated and Amtote.

Contact Dave at 410-566-5700.




Vice President/Business Agent
Bill Alexander

   Bill joined the Teamsters Union in 1973 while employed as a driver for Anchor Motor Freight. He was elected in 1986 shop steward by his coworkers at New Penn, serving in that capacity until 1997, when he was elected vice president of Teamsters Local 557. Bill was elected president of Local 557 in 2002, and served until Local 557 merged with Local 355 in 2005, at which time he became Local 355's recording secretary. In December 2015, the Local Executive Board appointed Bill to the office of vice president upon the retirement of Vice President Ervin Williams. Additional career highlights include:

  • Member, Maryland-D.C. Supplemental Negotiating Committee: 2002-Present   
  • Member, National Master Automobile Transporters Negotiating Committee: 2007-Present
  • Eastern Area Supplemental Negotiating Committee: 2002-Present
  • Teamsters Local 557 Pension Fund Labor trustee, Chairman: 2002 - Present  

   Bill represents members in Freight and Car Haul at the following companies:

Freight
ABF Freight
New Penn Motor Express
YRC Freight


Carhaul
Annapolis Junction Rail Solutions
Cassens Transport Company
Jack Cooper Transport Company




Recording Secretary/Business Agent
Mark Garey

   Mark originally joined the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 557 in 1993 as a driver in the freight industry. He was a shop steward at USF Redstar. He became a recording secretary for Local 557 in 2002, then secretary-treasurer in 2003.
    In 2006, Mark joined Local 355 staff as a business agent. In December 2015, the Local Executive Board appointed him Local 355 recording secretary.
   Mark represents members in the Freight, Small Package, Car Rental and Airport Services Industries at the following companies: 

UPS Freight DHL Express
Avis Car Rental Hertz Car Rental
First Transit Adell Plastics
Budget Car Rental Signature Flight/ASIG






 

Contact Mark at 410-566-5700




Trustee/UPS
Janet Genovese

   Janet joined Teamsters 355 when she started working at UPS part-time as a driver's helper. She was elected shop steward in 1997, and with the exception of one term, has been a shop steward since. In 2001, she became a full time UPS employee working in the warehouse.
   Janet became a trustee in 2007, becoming the first woman ever to be elected to the 355 executive board. She attended the 2007 Woman's Conference.




Phone:
410-566-5700
Trustee/UPS
Timothy Marvel

   Tim is a fifth-generation trade unionist who joined Local 355 in 1991 as a part timer for UPS while attending Towson State University. After graduating, he chose to go full-time with UPS as a package car driver, a position he holds today. He became a shop steward in 2003, working under the tutelage of former trustee Don Riley. He was elected trustee in 2008 following the retirement of trustee Ralph Boarman.




Phone:
410-566-5700
Trustee/Kraft
Pete Manus
Pete became a Teamster in 1990 when he went to work for Kraft in Dover, Delaware. He has been a shop steward since June 2004. In July 2015, he was appointed to the Local 355 Executive Board to fill the vacancy when Trustee Ed Mulford was hired to the staff.


Business Agent
Chip Elgert

   While employed as a helper at The Kronheim Company, Lloyd "Chip" Elgert joined Local 355 in 1966 and served on the negotiation committee there in 1970. Chip went on to become a driver and shop steward for Liquid Carbonic Corporation from 1970 until 1997.
   Chip became Local 355 Sargeant at Arms in 1990 serving in that capacity until 1997 when he became a Local 355 business agent.
Chip represents members in the Magazine Distribution, Gas, Chemical, Dry Ice, Spirit & Fine Wine, Duty Free Distribution, Truck Maintenance, Wholesale Maintenance Supply, Bakery Distribution, Pharmaceutical Transportation and Film Production industries at the following companies:

    Air Gas East
    Baker's Express of Maryland
    Carisam-Samuel Meisel
    Capitol Carbonic
    Diageo North America
    Dry Ice Corporation
    Giant Food
    Nu-Star Energy
    Penske Truck Leasing
    Republic Nat'l Distribution Co.
    Source Mid-Atlantic News
    Wilmar Industries
    Film production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Chip at 410-566-5700




Business Agent
John Caparatta

   John originally joined the Teamsters Union in 1986 and became a member of Local 355 in 1990 while employed as a driver for Burris Foods. In 1993, he signed on as shop steward there and served in that capacity until he joined the Local 355 staff as a business agent in 1999.
   John represents members in the Airline, Bakery, Building Materials and Construction, Foodservice, Food Processing, Industrial Trades, Transportation and Warehouse industries at the following companies:

Burris Foods Mountaire Farms
RAPA Piedmont Airlines
Stroehmann Bakeries Penn Fibre
Allen Family Foods
Branscome







Contact John at 410-742-3144




Business Agent
Jim Deene

   A driver for U.S. Foodservice, Jim joined Local 355 as a member in April 1992 and was a shop steward from 1997 until 2002 when he became a business agent for Local 355, a position he holds today.
   Jim represents members in the  Foodservice Industry, Newspaper Industry, Automobile Processing, Feed and Chemical Processing, and Building Supply at the following employers:

Bradco Supply

Allied Bindery
Amports Sysco Foods
Westway Feed Terminals US Foodservice
Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Baltimore Sun Drivers & Pressmen

 

 

 

 

Contact Jim at 410-566-5700




Business Agent
Marcus Smith

   Marcus became a member of Local 355 in 1984 while employed as a warehouseman for B. Green & Co. The following year he was elected warehouse shop steward. In 1993, when Marcus began work for Mountainside Transportation, he signed on as a dockmen/loader shop steward, then in 1995 went on to be a warehouse shop steward at Sysco Food Service. In 1999, Marcus became a business agent for Local 355, a position he holds today.
   Marcus represents members employed in the Foodservice, Paper Supply, Transportation and Property Management industries at the following companies:

Belair Produce
Acme Paper
Holly Poultry
Leonard Paper
Perishable Deliveries Davidson Transfer
George Ruppersberger
Professional Transportation
Veolia Transportation
Bond Street
MD Quality Meats
J.W. Treuth








Contact Marcus at 410-566-5700




Business Agent
Dan Taylor

   Dan first became a union member in 1967 when he joined Steamfitters Local 602. From 1988 to 1991 he was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 99 in Washington D.C.
   Beginning in 1991 and for the next eleven years, Dan worked for labor unions, including the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) District 4 (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia); District 14 (Washington, D.C.); the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Chairman's Office, Washington, D.C.; the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (with Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads); and the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (with Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads).
   In 2002, Dan served as a business agent for Teamster Local 103, and in 2004 he joined the staff of Local 355 as a business agent, a position he holds today.

Dan represents members in the public sector in the following divisions:

Anne Arundel County Sheriffs Bowie and Coppin State Colleges
Anne Arundel County Detention Ctr Maryland Transportation Authority
Anne Arundel County Park Rangers State Dept. Health & Mental Hygiene
Anne Arundel County Fire Battalion Chiefs

Contact Dan at 410-566-5700




Business Agent
Eric Wood

   While employed as a sorter at United Parcel Service Quad Avenue, Eric became a member of Local 355 in 1990. In 1994 he became a full-time delivery driver and served as shop steward from 1997 through 2005. Eric was a feeder driver from 2005 until 2006, when he became a business agent for Local 355.
   Eric represents members at the following locations:

UPS Baltimore: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

UPS BWI Airport: Plane Crew, Sort

UPS Easton: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

UPS Salisbury: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

Packaging Corporation of America 

Contact Eric at 410-566-5700




Organizer
Ed Mulford III

   Ed joined Local 355 in 1991 when he signed on as a driver at Sysco. In 1994, he went to work for U.S. Foodservice and was elected shop stewardin 1997, a position he holds today. In 2006 served as an alternate delegate to the 2006 IBT Convention in Las Vegas. Appointed to the local executive board as a trustee, Ed was elected to the position in 2008. In May 2015, Ed joined the staff as a full-time organizer.




Phone:
410-566-5700
Business Agent
Mike Petro

Mike Petro began working for UPS in the Preload Dept. at the Quad Avenue facility in 1990, became a full-time driver in 1994, and was elected shop steward in 2006. He served as an alternate delegate at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention in 2011. Mike joined the Local 355 staff as a business agent in 2016.

Mike represents members employed at

UPS/Quad Ave (Local Sort, Preload, and Delivery)
UPS/Hunt Valley (Local Sort, Preload, and Delivery)

Contact Mike at 410-566-5700.




Office Manager
Gina Brown

Gina is administrative assistant to the principle officer, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Local.

Contact Gina at 410-566-5700




Administrative Support/ Salisbury
Carolyn Littleton

Carolyn is the Titan system operator handling membership and dues administation at the Salisbury office.

Contact Carolyn at 410-742-3144




Administrative Support/ Baltimore
Bonnie Hall

Bonnie is a Titan system operator handling membership and dues administation at the Baltimore office

Contact Bonnie at 410-566-5700




Administrative Support/ Baltimore
Jesse Taylor

Jesse is a Titan system operator handling membership and dues administation at the Baltimore office.

Contact Jesse at 410-566-5700




Credit Union Manager
Rose Queen

Rose manages Local 355's Maryland Federal Credit Union in Baltimore. 

Contact Rose at 410-566-5700





General Membership Meetings:
Mar. 5, 2017  - Baltimore
Mar. 12, 2017  - Salisbury

10:oo am.
Please be present and on time.

Bring a coworker!

Current Campaigns
  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

 
 
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