We would like to thank all of our Active and Retired Members that joined us at our Saturday, September 14th Membership Meeting. We would also like to thank Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo attorney's that came out to discuss Worker's Compensation benefits and what your rights are. Our members had great questions regarding what injuries fall under Worker's Compensation all members were very happy for the information. Vice President Reissenweber thanked them for their time and for sponsoring the coffee and bakery.
Vice President Reissenweber reported on the local and the different procedures that he has implemented to assist in ratifying contracts and verify membership. For the past 9 months as a Full Time Officer, Vice President Reissenweber has ratified 20 contracts that have been done to the best of his abilities for the members. He thanked the office staff because he believes it was a team effort in accomplishing these contracts. He reported that along with President Consolino they have been visiting the shops with membership listings to verify the members information i.e. phone numbers, addresses, and beneficiaries. Vice President Reissenweber believes that this has been very helpful to the local because we have found employees working at the shop that are not union members. He also stated it is important for all employees that should be union members become union members in a timely manner because it affects their benefits. While reading his report Vice President Reissenweber asked for assistance from the attending members for employee recommendations for entry level positions at many of our shops. We have several shops looking for employee's unfortunately we have not been able to fill these positions with the current out of work members. If anyone is interested in applying for these positions, please contact Vice President Reissenweber at the local office.
President Consolino was not in attendance due to a previously scheduled event but he submitted a report that was read by Vice President Reissenweber. One main point found in his report was the importance of supporting the Butch and Lewis Act and urged our members to contact their Representatives. President Consolino also reported on his work as an ILPF Trustee, and how he has been assisting in promoting this pension fund with other Teamster Locals. He feels that all ILPF Trustee's should come out and assist the ILPF administrator in marketing this pension plan. (Please note ILPF is now known as the Teamster Members Retirement Plan)
Vice President Reissenweber was happy to present the following Union Membership Service Pins:
Rich Englund - 60 Years Robert Ulrich - 60 Years Charles Gricius - 50 Years (1st Row)
Harold Hasselman - 50 Years Dennis Anderson - 45 Years Roger L. Christian - 40 Years (2nd Row)
Neil Wendtland - 40 Years Frank P. Passantino - 35 Years William Kwiatkowski - 30 Years (3d Row)
The Membership Raffle Winner was Gregory D. Vogel but he was not present, so the raffle rolls to $750.00 for the November Meeting.