Thank you for your nine years of service as an officer of Local 8.
You have helped all of us!
From the President......
Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you again for electing the Board back into office. Your support for us will not go unnoticed. We will continue to work hard to fight for our members. The next three years will bring new challenges and we look forward to standing together and fighting them with you. This job is truly an honor and a privilege. I would like to thank the Board for all the hard work that they do. I would also like to welcome Mike Howe to the Board. Mike has served as a Union steward and was a member of the 2014 negotiation team. Mike brings a lot of grass roots and work experience to our Board. I would like to say thank you to Vice President Pat Ebeling. Pat is stepping down as VP; he chose not to run for reelection. He has always said that he was going to do this for three terms and he is completing what he always has said. Pat was the driving force of getting a slate together in 2005. He is very passionate about Teamsters Local 8 and it shows in the way he talks with members. He is one of the strongest Union leaders that I have ever met. I personally want to thank Pat for all he has done in his role as an officer of Teamsters Local 8. I know Pat will still be an active member for many years to come.
This past year has been a good year for Local 8. Of the arbitrations scheduled this year, eight were settled in favor of the member before being heard, two were heard and won at arbitration and there is one scheduled in December. We have a great contract to work with the next three years and we continue to work on article 21.6 — moving staff jobs into the bargaining unit. Seven jobs were moved into the Union in 2014 and we had the big settlement of wage payroll and the result of Penn State filling 44 jobs.
We will be focusing a great deal of time in the next three years on article 21.6. We believe there are hundreds of jobs that are misclassified and should be placed into the bargaining unit. Fighting for these jobs to be placed into the Union means the Union will continue to grow. We continue to ask our members to look for staff doing our work. Just call the hall to report this. We will get the IBT’s staff involved to investigate the report.
We will have a new governor in 2015, Tom Wolf. I thank all our members for all your help, support and VOTES. We look forward to working with Tom over the next 4 years. There are many issues to address with Tom while he is in office. Secondary public education needs to be more affordable for middle class Pennsylvania workers and some bad legislation on workers compensation needs fixed. We need more jobs in Pennsylvania, we need help to protect our pensions and we need someone to stand with Unions. Tom is the guy to help us to do this and I look forward to working with him to correct the wrongs of the state.
In December the Union will have its second food bank drive. We hope to double the amount of food that the members gave to the food bank last year. This can’t be done without your help. There are a lot of families in this area that need our help.
I would like to wish every brother, sister, and their families Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This Union will always be “Members First”.
Jon Light, President
From the Secretary Treasurer......
Brothers and Sisters
Last December we collected over 4,000 pounds of food for the State College Food Bank. Our members really stepped up for a good cause. What a great success and I would like to thank Brother Pat Ebeling for the great idea. This year, the amount of food collected took a considerable jump thanks to the overwhelming food donations from our members, and over $1,100.00 in monetary contributions from the Local 8 retiree club, anonymous members, and the Local 8 human service committee combined. What a great way to help our community and give back. We all know a lot of people do not earn a living wage or cannot find work in their field. Keep up the good work Teamsters Local 8 members!!
With all that said I would like to thank Brother Pat Ebeling for serving this local as Vice President for 9 years. It was an honor and a privilege to work and serve with him.
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Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Chuck Addleman, Secretary/Treasurer/Business Agent
From the Vice President.......
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Vice President for 9 years.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From the Recording Secretary.... Hi Everyone,
I can't believe that 2014 is already coming to an end. I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to represent you for another 3 years, I am truly honored. I love being a part of this great Union. Just a quick reminder that if you know of a member in need you can call the Union Office at 814-548-1429 or Leisa Hall at 814-355-2710 to see if they meet the guidelines. I hope that everyone has a great holiday season. Always remember that if we stand together we can accomplish anything, as one of my best friends and brothers say "it's a great day to be a teamster"!
Leisa Hall, Recording Secretary
From Trustee Ric Veruete....
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone and for allowing me the chance to serve Local 8 another 3 years as Trustee. We will continue to push growth and stability for Local 8. The past three years have gone by so fast and a lot of good things were accomplished. I am sure that the next three years will bring challenges and many successes to our local. We must always remember that as a unified workforce, we are strong and will be heard.
Always remember the Teamster members of Local 8 that helped to build what we enjoy today. When you see a retiree, thank them and congratulate them on a job well done. As they have left a strong Union for us, we must leave a strong Union for the sons and daughters that may someday fill our shoes.
Have a safe holiday season and keep warm.
From Trustee Cliff Hixson..... Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to take a look back on the year 2014 at a few of the great things Local 8 has accomplished this year. We have had 103 (University Park) and 26 (branch campus) new members join the Union this year alone and are still growing, not to mention the misclassified workers that will be moving into the local soon. Many members have received higher paid jobs through bidding. Local 8 members are turning out to membership meetings, events, and trainings and are becoming more involved. Governor-elect Tom Wolf met with Local 8 members at our hall. Oh yeah, and a new 3 year contract was overwhelming ratified by our membership. It’s been a great year to be a Teamster, let’s make 2015 even better.
Lastly, I would like to personally thank Pat Ebeling, as he steps down from Vice-President of Local 8 at the end of the year, for all he has done for this local. If you see him out on campus be sure to thank Pat for his years in office and hard work. Remember - your involvement in this Union is only restricted by your desire to be involved! Work safe, and I’ll see you at the next membership meeting.
Brother Cliff Hixson
From Trustee Dave McCaslin....
Political Action Committee
On November 4, 2014 mid term election Tom Wolf was elected as Governor of Pennsylvania. Hard working Americans learned first hand the consequences of staying home instead of supporting politicians who are best for working families. There’s no shortage of reasons for Teamster’s to care about elections but here are a few: Right to work, minimum wage, trans-pacific partnership, TPP and unfair trade deals.
Brother Dave McCaslin