Welcome To Teamsters Local 776
Teamsters Local 776 is the largest Teamsters Local in Pennsylvania. Chartered by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1937, we are located in South-Central PA. Our diverse mix of over 8,500 members work in six different counties.
Summer Meeting Notice By a vote of the membership in attendance at the May 2016 monthly membership meeting the monthly meetings for June, July, and August 2016 have been suspended. Additionaly the membership in attendance voted to hold the September 2016 meeting at the York Union Hall. The Local Union would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer. We look forward to seeing you at the Local picnic, the golf outing, and when monthly membership meetings resume in September.
Due a great response to the ticket promotion from Teamsters across the state additional tickets at a discounted price are available for purchase. The original deadline was July 29th and PSU is still getting members from our local calling asking if they can extend the deadline for them to order. PSU still has tickets left and has agreed to do so. For more information including dates, seating, and pricing follow the link below:
On August 16, 2016 Local 776 attended a public hearing on the Mariner East II pipeline project to show support for the pipeline job. The Department of Environmental Protection holds the public hearings where homeowners, environmentalist, workers and others can voice their opinions on the pipeline project. This construction project will create over 30,000 jobs along its route; much of it will be done by Union workers hands. Local 776 President Ed Thompson and Local 776 Organizer Mark Cicak along with Richard Stern attended the hearings. Richard is an administrator with the Teamsters National Pipeline Labor Management Cooperation Trust. The following 776 construction members also attended to voice their support for the project: Kyle Thomas, Beth Thomas, Jeffrey Reim, Bill Eavenson, Cory Hockenberry, Jeff Jarbeck, Richard Moyer, and Jay Parson.
Local 776 Construction Member Bill Eavenson addresses the hearing
Local 776 Organizer Mark Cicak delivers the Local's written comments supporting the pipeline project
IBT representative Richard Stern; 3rd from left, Local 776 President Ed Thompson; 5th from left, along with Local 776 construction members
During open enrollment in the fall of 2015 the Hershey Medical Center doubled the Smoker and Spousal surcharge costs. Business Agent Dave Vrona immediately filed a grievance stating that the surcharges were over the contractual 16.5% limit. The case deadlocked at the second step of the grievance process. Dave Vrona, with the approval of the Local 776 Executive Board, took the case to arbitration with the help and testimony of Steward Bob Kroster and Attorney Jason Weinstock.
Article 29 of the 2013 2016 agreement states that the cost the employee pays shall not exceed, in any event 16.5% of total cost of the applicable health benefit program thru June 30, 2016. On May 4, 2016 an arbitration hearing was held to hear the case of the Smoker and Spousal charges.
Decision award: On July 5, 2016 the independent arbitrator issued an opinion and award upholding the claims of Local 776 members. He directed Hershey Medical Center to reimburse members whose contributions in 2016, including any surcharges exceeded 16.5%. The total award gave $150,764.98 back to all hard working members at Hershey Medical Center. During calculation of the award it was also found that Hershey Medical Center was over charging for eye and dental in the same time frame which came to overpayment/refund of $9,487.57 for dental and $2,365.58 for vision for a total payout of $162,618.13 to all affected members.
To download, view, and print the complete arbitration decision follow the link below:
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