We hope all our members had safe and happy holidays and you have had a great start to the new year. We want to thank everyone who came out to our 1st Local 14 Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and there were plenty of gifts and surprises from Santa Claus. We look forward to making this an annual event for our members and their families. Please check your Union boards for future events and special offers. Please save the date of Saturday, June 2 for our annual Teamsters Day Health Fair. Due to the overwhelming turnout last year we have decided to once again hold it at Wet-n-Wild. There will be fun, food, prizes and useful information about your health. The park will be exclusively for Teamsters and their families
The new year promises to be a challenging one for the Local as we begin negotiations with several of our employers. On the public sector side, we will have negotiations with the cities of Henderson, North Las Vegas and Caliente as well as the road worker bargaining unit in Lincoln County. We are in hopes that with the economy improving nationally, and especially in Clark County, that we will be able to make some nice improvements to the CBA’s for these units.
For our private sector members we are currently in negotiations with Pepsi Beverage here in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, we still have a significant gap to close if we are to reach an agreement. We will continue to meet with the employer over the next several weeks in an attempt to negotiate an agreement. We will also begin negotiations with Anderson Dairy during the month of February. We want to thank all of our members who serve as committee members during negotiations. It is a tremendous responsibility to sit in negotiations and make decisions that will affect your coworkers and we appreciate everyone that steps up and takes on this responsibility.
Local 14 also has negotiations ongoing for new members at two new employers, Airgas and Brady Industries. As with all negotiations for a first contract at a new employer there are challenges, but we are moving to securing a guarantee for significant benefits and an improvement in working conditions for our new members at both of these locations.
We continue to move forward with several organizing campaigns. The Clark County School District organizing campaign with the 11,000 members of the support staff continues to wait for the Nevada Supreme Court to make a decision. We are confident that the Court decision will reaffirm the bargaining units vote(s) to make Local 14 their representative. We are also in the process of obtaining membership cards from the 1,300-member Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. civilian employees unit. We hope to soon have enough cards to challenge the representation of their current association. We have also obtained a sufficient number of cards from the part-time employees at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and will soon file a petition requesting an election. These employees should be able to vote by March to become Teamsters Local 14 members.
Along with ULAN, Teamsters Local 14 has assisted in helping our members and their families with assistance during times of need. To date we have been able to assist 6,129 individuals and their families.
Our membership meeting for April has been moved up one week to Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 pm at the Union hall. The regularly scheduled general membership meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Please join us at the membership meetings to stay up to date on the activities of the Local.
We want to congratulate our member Jerry Lagasca, at Breakthru Beverage, on the birth of his first grandchild, Aaliya Alealani Lagasca. We wish Aaliya’s parents Jeremy and Jessica congratulations on their new arrival.