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    Teamsters Local 776 President Edgar Thompson

    Brothers and Sisters;

    Welcome to the President's Page.Check back for periodic updates from Local President Ed Thompson with news and information pertaining to Local 776.



    Aug 05, 2019

    A Message from Local Union 776 President Ed Thompson

    Hello again, I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season, we certainly had a good kick off to summer at the Local Union Family Picnic held at Knoebels Amusement Park in June! There’s more information and photos from the picnic later in the newsletter and also on the Local Union Website.

    I would like to update you on some Local Union information:

    With the various National Contract Negotiations that the Local Union was involved in completed and new agreements in place we will enforce these new agreements so that the members covered by them get the contractual benefits afforded them.

    We began negotiations with Hershey Medical Center in June on a new 3-year agreement covering our members at the Medical Center. The Hershey Medical Center contract is the largest “White Paper” contract that the Local negotiates, covering approximately 1170 members employed throughout the Medical Center. I’m happy to report that an agreement was reached with Hershey Medical Center and approved by the membership. Please see the article on page 1 of the newsletter for more details.

    We continue to negotiate various white paper contracts covering our members in county government, corrections, nursing home care, and warehousing to name just a few of the contracts Local 776 negotiates and enforces on behalf of our members. Also we are continuing negotiations for newly organized bargaining units at Asplundh, Lower Swatara Township Police, and Veritiv.

    At this time I would also like to take a moment to welcome our newest members who recently ratified their first contracts and are working at Cumberland Township Public Works and also the Surgical Technologists working at Hershey Medical Center.

    As we progress through 2019 the Local continues to grow, becoming stronger. It’s been one year since the Janus court decision changed the way we do business in the public sector, but we continue to grow there; adding new members to our ranks as we continue to organize in the public sector.

    We all work hard to maintain a successful Local Union that we are proud of. There are many factors that contribute to our success but there are three main components that stand out.

    First is our size; we are the largest Teamster Local Union in Pennsylvania with a diverse membership in the private and public sector. The Local negotiates and enforces over 85 contracts covering our members working in the public and private sector.

    The second component is strength; the size of our Local also translates to strength, financial strength. We have the resources to take on employers with the tough issues when we believe our members’ contractual rights have been violated. Also financial strength affords us the ability to maintain an adequate number of experienced Business Agents with the skills to serve this diverse membership. With many of our members working under national contracts in Freight and UPS our Business Agents are well versed in these respective contracts. It is because of this experience and leadership demonstrated by the Business Agents that lead to appointments to various national negotiating and grievance committees. These positions keep our Local strong; we have direct input at the national level on matters that affect our members. Additionally our financial resources allow us the opportunity to present educational and training seminars as well as recreational activities for you and your families to participate in.

    The third component I’d like to discuss is solidarity; our solidarity is the glue that holds this Local together The Teamsters are not a “top heavy” organization; we are not an inverse pyramid with more officers at the top than members at the bottom. Our Local’s strength is you. The members are the base that supports us in our endeavors to represent you. Included in the member base are our Union Stewards; highly trained, dedicated members who go to work each day with the members in mind and are the Local Union’s eyes and ears on the jobsite. The Local Union Officers and Business Agents are the next level of our organization. Fifteen individuals who were elected by you, supported by you, and are working for you. With close to 9,000 members this group is able to get the job done because of your support of your Stewards and the Officers and Business Agents. Finally we can’t forget our staff, loyal employees who come to work each day to serve you, the members, and support the Officers and Agents so that they can concentrate on serving you.

    It is this group, united and focused on the membership that stands united with you. We are one, you the members, the Officers and Agents, and the staff. From our dedication and support of each other; from the jobsite on up to my office, where everything eventually rests with me as your President.

    I’ve been told I say this to often but it bears repeating because it comes from the heart: I am Proud to be a Teamster, proud to be the person you elected to serve this great Local Union, and proud of each and everyone of you who put true meaning in the name of our Union; The International BROTHERHOOD of Teamsters.


    Ed Thompson,

    President Teamsters Local 776

    May 06, 2019

    Hello again, Happy Spring! The days are getting longer and warmer, spring flowers are in bloom it, looks like another winter is behind us.

    As this issue of the “776 Review” went into production I was involved in the YRCW National Contract Negotiations. Teamster members at YRC, New Penn and Holland have been working under concessions for many years as these companies tried to strengthen their financial status. I am happy to report that the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee has reached a tentative agreement with YRCW. The present contract has been extended until May 31 to allow time for the tentative agreement to be approved by the Local Unions representing YRCW members before presenting the agreement to the members for ratification.

    When the Officers, Agents, and I first took office in 2015 we committed to you to rebuild the strength Local 776 had with other Teamster Locals and within the IBT. I am happy to report that we now have Local 776 representatives on the following National Committees: Secretary- Treasurer Ron Hicks on the ABF National Negotiating Committee, Business Agent Spencer Dearth on the UPS Freight National Negotiating Committee, Business Agent Dave Licht on the UPS National Negotiating and Grievance Committees and also the important Article 43 Premium Services Committee, and myself on the YRCW National Negotiating Committee. The appointments to these important committees allow the Local to participate first hand in these important negotiations, making sure that our members concerns are addressed.

    I would like to take a moment to share with you my thoughts about who are Union is: It is not me, nor the Officers and Business Agents you have entrusted to run our great Local. To coin a phrase, there in no ME in Union, only a YOU. You, the members are our Union. You, who get up every day, go to work providing for your families, forging a better way of life for yourselves are our Union. It is because of your belief and support of Trade Unionism that our Local is strong, that we are able to negotiate strong collective bargaining agreements and then enforce them when the employers try to shirk their agreed to responsibilities. It is through your support of our Union Stewards, the backbone of our Union, which shows the employers we have a strong united presence on the job. It is through your support of the Business Agents that our strength shows to the employers. They see a united Local Union working together not fighting among ourselves to the detriment of the members.

    Recently there have been several articles posted on the Local Union Website concerning political activity related to Pro Union candidates, along with Union Members, winning elections across the country. Some see this as a grass roots resurgence of working men and women who are saying “Enough”. Enough of corporate attacks on my job and way of life as the corporations line the pockets of politicians and tell them to enact legislation to tip the balance of labor legislation in their favor. Enough of seeing good American jobs shipped overseas to increase the bottom line by using inferior, under paid labor. Enough on the attacks against my Union by over turning long standing legislation related to Union Organizing and the ability to collect Union Dues for services rendered. 2020 is an election year and Local 776, along with the rest of organized Labor will be standing at the forefront of the fight to elect candidates who share and  respect our views, and are willing to stand beside us in saying enough is enough!

    On April 28, Local 776 along with the Unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and to renew the fight for safe jobs. The observance will again be held in York at Kiwanis Lake. Join Local 776 at the memorial service as we honor those who lost their lives simply by going to work to provide for their families.

    In closing I would like to thank you, the members, for your support of the Local Union. When I look at what we accomplish as a Local Union; the solidarity we exhibit, and the determination to work together for the good of the Union I am filled with a sense of pride in knowing that the Officers, Business Agents, and I are doing what you elected us to do.


                                                    Ed Thompson, President Teamsters Local 776

    Jan 29, 2019

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a happy and safe Holiday Season. A new year is upon us; a new year with new challenges; when we meet those challenges with determination and full force oftentimes new opportunities present themselves.

    I would like to congratulate Governor Tom Wolf on his re-election this past November and wish him well in his second term as Governor. It is to our advantage to have a friend of organized labor in Harrisburg and I hope to continue the open dialog we established with Governor Wolf.

    I would like to start the year with a short “State of The Union” message. Due to the tireless work of our organizer, Mark Cicak, the Local Union’s membership increased last year. There is strength in numbers and Mark is intent on building those numbers! Our financial resources again grew last year due to the diligent work of Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks and our executive board. Together their prudent allocation of funds allowed our resources to grow while maintaining our service to the membership, grounds, buildings, vehicles, and people. 2018 was a trying time for our members employed by the County of York who work at the Pleasant Acres Nursing home. After numerous public meetings the commissioners voted against the voice of the people who elected them and got out of the nursing home business by selling the facility to a private operator. The Local Union is in the process of negotiating a new agreement with the owners for our members who work at Pleasant Acres. Additionally last year the Local Union was involved in three separate national contract negotiations: ABF Freight, UPS Freight, and UPS. 2018 saw a change in format for our annual family picnic. After much discussion it was decided to broaden the scope of the picnic from a picnic/baseball game to a picnic/amusement park activity. The change was made with the hope the family picnic would appeal to a larger group of the membership. Response to the picnic being held at Knoebels was overwhelming, the number of registrants for the picnic doubled over previous years. Everything was set for a fun-filled day at the park-until the rains came. Despite the bad weather over 3000 members, family, and friends came out to support the picnic and each other. The Local also was active in the communities where our members work and live, helping out when called upon with man power and equipment when needed. When disaster struck the Local responded by providing our tractor-trailer and drivers to move urgently needed supplies to the affected areas of the country. To close out the year were our Holiday activities. From our community services project “Christmas For Kids” to the Christmas Party for members kids and grandkids its all about the Holiday and the kids. Be sure to look over the holiday photo spread on pages 4-5 of this issue of the newsletter. Our roaming photographer may have caught you or your kids at one of the events. Additional photos from our holiday events can also be found on our website. As 2018 came to a close over all the Local Union is larger, stronger, and more secure financially, ready to meet the challenges of 2019 head on.

    Looking ahead at 2019 another group of national contracts will be negotiated: YRC, Holland, and New Penn. Preliminary meetings took place the end of last year and we will continue this year to negotiate a new national agreement with these respective employers. For approximately eight years, the companies have been operating under a series of MOUs (memorandum of understanding) designed to address the YRCW’s companies’ financial distress in the wake of the recession and to allow it to restructure. Those MOUs expire on March 31, 2019. We want to get these companies back to a normal NMFA-style contract and we made clear to the companies that we are not interested in concessions in these negotiations. Negotiations will be complex and multiple issues will need to be addressed, particularly when the parties discuss economics. Negotiations are scheduled to resume in early January. A number of Local “White Paper” contracts will also be negotiated this year. Among the “white paper” contracts to be negotiated will be the Local’s largest one; the Hershey Medical Center Contract. We have additional training scheduled for Union Stewards throughout the year. Both new Stewards and “Seasoned Veterans” can benefit from the training provided. Based on feedback we received after last year’s family picnic I’m happy to report that the picnic will again be held at Knoebels Amusement Park. Full details will be announced on the Local Union Website and through bulletin board postings.

    No matter who you work for or what you do if you are Teamster you are part of our unique “Family” a true Brotherhood of men and women banding together to stand up for fairness and equality in the workplace. May everyone have a Happy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year!



    Ed Thompson, President Teamsters Local 776

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