May 8, 2023
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I have great news to share! Our three-week strike against Liberty Coca-Cola is over! The picket line is down and our members are now back at work.
On May 7th, we accepted a new five-year contract on behalf of our 414 Liberty Coca-Cola employees that includes significant wage increases, improved retirement benefits and a freeze of employee contributions to Liberty’s Aetna Health plan. When the new contract details are finalized very soon, I will post them here on our website home page.
I am incredibly proud of our members for the resilience and solidarity they showed during the past three weeks. Going on strike, walking the picket line and working hard to inform the public about our fight for economic justice is never easy, but the end result is worth it. You should all feel a great sense of pride. When we stick together, no one can beat us.
Finally, I want to thank Liberty Coca-Cola for continuing to dialogue with us throughout a long and sometimes difficult process. Liberty is a valued partner and we now look forward to moving ahead in a renewed spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
Stay safe and stay together, Brothers and Sisters.
Strike enters tenth day at Coca-Cola facility in Juniata Park
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 830
April 22, 2023
“Rather than work with Teamsters Local 830 in good faith to settle our contractual dispute, last night Liberty Coca-Cola opted to bring in non-union ‘scab’ replacement workers and generic Pensky rental trucks. This is a terrible and ominous development. Making matters worse, Liberty Coca-Cola just issued another deceptive statement in which they claim their most recent wage proposal would pay Teamsters 830 drivers an average annual salary of $79,000 and our warehouse workers $70,000. That’s simply not true. Our members would have to work a minimum of 20 hours of overtime a week to reach those compensation levels. In their same deceptive press statement, Liberty Coca-Cola claims to have offered us a 17.1% wage increase. That’s a flat-out lie.
“Given these cynical, bad faith moves by Liberty Coca-Cola, Teamsters Local 830 has no choice but to escalate our push-back against the company. Starting today, striking Teamsters members will be leafleting at every Wawa location in the tri-state region, politely asking Wawa customers not to purchase any Coca-Cola products in order to show solidarity with our blue-collar striking members. We won’t stand for the increasingly high level of disrespect our hardworking members are being shown by Liberty Coca-Cola.
“Finally, I’m stunned and incredibly disappointed in the anti-union stance taken by Liberty Coca-Cola co-owner Fran McGorry, a man I’ve known since childhood and considered a friend. When the Kenney administration first proposed the onerous Soda Tax, one of the first calls McGorry made was to me, pleading for Teamsters Local 830 to use all our resources and contacts to fight back against the Soda Tax. That’s exactly what we did. McGorry and the entire regional beverage industry had no greater ally in the fight than Teamsters Local 830….and this is the thanks we get from him for all of our efforts.”
Daniel H. Grace
Teamsters Local 830
April 18, 2023
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I want to keep all of you updated on our strike against Liberty Coca-Cola, which began Sunday, April 16th. As you know, the membership ratified the strike vote by a resounding 5 to 1 margin.
Our lawful picket lines went up at Liberty Coca-Cola’s 725 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia plant on Sunday and will remain up until this contractual dispute is settled. To date, no trucks have left their premises.
Their last and supposedly best offer did not come close to matching the rampant inflation we’re all facing. We’re also fighting for a better benefits package that will afford our members working there to have the opportunity to switch to our superior Local 830 Health and Welfare plan.
On their own website, Liberty Coca-Cola refers to itself as “the annual top performer in sales and revenues” of all Coca-Cola bottling and distribution operations nationwide. Our members are a big reason behind that success.
That’s why we’re in this fight and won’t stop until we win economic fairness for you!
I and our bargaining team are prepared to resume negotiations right now and for as long as it takes. Liberty Coca-Cola can end this impasse quickly by giving our members a fair contract, one that accounts for the runaway inflation that’s hurting our families. Until then, however, we’ll remain on strike. Our resolve and solidarity are unshakable.
Thank you for your solidarity. Stay strong.
Arden Theater Company would like to offer Teamsters Local 830 members up to 2 complimentary tickets to a performance of AUGUST WILSON's RADIO GOLF! If you are interested, email or call the box office directly (contact information below) with your request. Requests need to be received no later than 4pm on the day you wish to attend. Please send by 4pm on Friday for Saturday’s Performance.
About the show: The last chapter of August Wilson’s monumental ten-part series, The American Century Cycle, will come to the F. Otto Haas Stage. Set in Pittsburgh in the late 1990s, it’s the story of a successful entrepreneur who aspires to become the city’s first Black mayor. But when the past begins to catch up with him, secrets get revealed that could be his undoing.
Up to two (2) tickets per person for any of the following performances:
Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7pm
Friday, March 24, 2023 at 8pm
Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 8pm
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 7pm
Here’s the information the Arden will need: First name, last name, number of tickets, email, and any seating needs / requests. Please email email@example.com with this information or call at 215.922.1122 to reserve. Mention Code: WILKS
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is a sincere note of thanks from me and the entire Local 830 Executive Board for your incredible strength and solidarity during our nearly week-long strike against the Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association.
By now you know that we signed a tremendous new four-year contract with significant wage and benefits increases, reduced work hours to improve our members’ quality of life, increased 401(K) contributions, an extra paid holiday and much more! For us to be able to staff three separate, around-the-clock picket lines without anyone on the strike teams missing a shift is a testament to your resolve and belief in one another. It was inspiring to see, so much so that newly-elected Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien and Teamsters Vice President for the Eastern Region Bill Hamilton came to see our picket actions for themselves and personally thank the striking members for their solidarity.
I’d also like to acknowledge and thank our Philadelphia-based union brothers and sisters for their visible support and generous contributions of coffee, donuts, pretzels, pizzas, sandwiches and cold drinks for members of our strike teams. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank State Senator Jimmy Dillon, State Rep Steve Malagari, State Rep Napoleon Nelson, City Councilman Michael Driscoll and other elected officials for coming out and showing their support for our members and our cause. This is exactly why we have and need to support the DRIVE Fund, our political action arm. We work to elect those political candidates who support us and our union agenda.
In closing, Brothers and Sisters, you should all hold your heads up high. Teamsters Local 830 once again stood strong and united against powerful corporate interests and won a great new contract for YOU, our hardworking, loyal members.
Daniel H. Grace
ID BEER STRIKE
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 830
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 830 AUTHORIZES STRIKE AGAINST DELAWARE VALLEY IMPORTERS DISTRIBUTION ASSOCIATION
Picketing To Begin Today, Sunday, June 19th; Strike Comes With Beverage Industry’s
All-Important July 4th Holiday on Horizon
PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 20, 2022 — Teamsters Local 830 - which represents thousands of drivers, warehouse/production workers and sales/marketing personnel in the regional beverage industry - went on strike at 12:01 am Sunday, June 19th against the Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association, which includes Penn Beer Sales and Service, Origlio Beverages and Muller, Inc. On Saturday June 18th, Teamsters Local 830 members overwhelmingly rejected the Del-Val Association’s latest contract proposal and unanimously voted to strike. Picket lines went up Sunday, June 19th at Penn, Origlio and Muller locations and will remain up until the contractual dispute is settled.
“The hardworking members of Teamsters Local 830 have had enough. The last contract proposal put forth by the Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association was, quite frankly, insulting,” said Teamsters Local 830 Secretary-Treasurer Daniel H. Grace. “Compensation is always an issue, but what’s particularly problematic is the beverage companies’ proposed hours of work for our members - 12 hour shifts for five or six consecutive days. That’s excessive. The beverage companies know that our members are the driving force behind their operations and success, yet they think they can treat us like second-class citizens. We won’t stand for it.”
Grace noted that the strike comes within two weeks of the July 4th Independence Day holiday weekend, one of the most lucrative times of the calendar year for the beverage industry.
“It’d be a shame if the beverage shelves of grocery stores, convenience stores and beer distributors are empty for the three-day July 4th weekend,” Grace added. “The Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association can end this impasse quickly by giving our members a fair contract, one that accounts for the runaway inflation in America. Until then, however, we’ll remain on strike. Our resolve and solidarity are unshakable.”
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2021 Scholarship Recipients
GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENT LIST
SCHOLARSHIP DINNER CANCELLED
Good Afternoon Everyone: We regret to inform you of the need to postpone the 2020 Scholarship Awards Banquet indefinitely.
As Philadelphia progresses to the Green Phase, the COVID-19 coronavirus is still circulating. The Green Phase does not mean all activities can restart. Philadelphia prohibits and restricts some activities that are allowed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Higher risk activities that WILL NOT start immediately when Philadelphia reaches the Green Phase are Large Indoor Social Gatherings (more than 25 people). These activities involve a higher risk because they involve crowds, people in close proximity, and high-risk activity (such as eating, drinking, and singing).
As time progresses in the Green Phase, we are hopeful that these types of activities will be allowed to restart, and the risk presented by each activity will have lessened with the epidemic.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time. We will be in contact with you when more information is provided to us.
Please stay safe and well!
Daniel H. Grace,
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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING UPDATES
May 3, 2020 – General Membership Meeting CANCELLED due to COVID-19.
Secretary-Treasurer, Daniel H. Grace’s Report
Hello to all of our members and their families. I hope that everyone is staying in and doing what they have to be safe. The office has been open and handling all phone calls grievances and issues. The Benefits Office has been open, and the Staff has done a great job at handling issues concerning benefits, Pension, and RSP. Many thanks to all of the staff for continuing to work thru this Pandemic that we are all experiencing.
It is May and it’s time to congratulate our Local 830 scholarship winners and their and parents for all their sacrificing and dedication to help their son or daughters graduate. We are pleased to be giving out 10 scholarships with the help of the employers that contribute to the outstanding fund.
Congratulations to the following:
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY thank you to all of our Stewards for keeping the Union Hall informed on the Pandemic situation happening at all of our locations and also for keeping the members informed. Please remember to follow the CDC Guidelines for social distancing hand washing and protective gear. If your employer is not complying with the CDC Guidelines, please call your agent or myself - we are here to help.
Drive Primary voting day has been changed to June 2nd . Please remember to vote. We are asking everyone to apply for an absentee ballot and at the convenience of your kitchen table please fill it out and mail it back. It’s as simple as going online at votespa.com and get your ballot. With the Coronavirus in Pandemic Stages there is nothing safer and simpler for you to do. We will have the Local 830 endorsement list on our website and posted on your Union Board at your employer. PLEASE VOTE!
Please stay safe. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to hold a Union Meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone, Danny Grace
President, Charles T. White
COVID – 19
I would like to report some progress on the Union’s request for our members to be paid some form of hazard pay for their risk of illness and work continuation.
In the month of April, the DVIDA employers have honored that request and individually have decided to pay a bonus to their employees for their service during this unsafe period of time for employees, and also at Domestic Uniform Company.
It has been reported by Shop Stewards, for the most part, that the Employers are following CDC guidelines and Governor’s Wolf and Murphy’s state orders to hand out PPE and in some way to safely distance employees as much as at all possible from customers who are receiving deliveries or sales calls.
I have not received any reports that an employee was forced to forego safe distancing at a customer account to make a delivery or sales call.
It is my understanding that Employers are advising employees if safe distancing is not being respected at accounts by the customer, then if called upon by the employee the Employer will force the customer to abide by the CDC guidance and State orders to do as such if they want the delivery. If that is not the case, then call me to advise me of any problems on the street.
This situation with PPE has positively progressed in April as compared to March, either because the Employer obtained more supplies, or as in March the demand for PPE was not able to be fully met, or because the Employer was more compliant in April–or both.
However, there have been situations where customers have had to been lettered or advised that they will not receive deliveries if they are not masked or gloved and not following distancing guidelines.
In situations where the Employer does not back a driver or a sales person in unsafe conditions I advise you to call me to get me involved in expediting a safe delivery, or to stop an unsafe delivery that is not resolving itself, and to use OSHA and Departments of Public Health to resolve unsafe conditions.
I did have a complaint from a member who was worried that PPE was not being enforced in the warehouse, so I called his Employer, and the Employer then mandated that all employees must wear their PPE, as not wearing PPE was making the others feel unsafe.
There have been cases in the shops of positive Covid–19 cases but thank God, to my knowledge, that there was no hospitalization or long term serious illness other than quarantining the patient and those with close contact for 14 days.
Please remember that anyone who is working and receiving benefits are very fortunate as compared to many of those who are out of work and waiting for unemployment cards to arrive.
As most people are living paycheck to paycheck, I see many people waiting in lines at churches or food banks with the hope of picking up free groceries, and I say to myself thank God for others charity but that could be me in that waiting line.
I’m grateful to be working and still leading somewhat of a normal routine. Things could be a lot worse and we still have a way to go “to get out of the woods”. Count your blessings every day.
At Origlio Beverage, two members were fired for no call/no show, and due to the facts given in each case their grievances were denied upholding the two terminations. If you cannot come into work, follow the employer’s call out procedure, but always, always call yourself out, as this is a terminable offense in most workplaces.
At Muller Hatfield, there is a pending grievance for damage to a drivers iPad, which is covered in the CBA, and which says employees “may” be compelled to pay for damages if such damage is due to gross negligence. Gross negligence is not the issue in this case.
At GD Correctional Services Inc at the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, a member was terminated for citing intent of physical and verbal abuse to other coworkers and also witnessed by a Correctional Officer who gave a written report to PDP officials and forwarded to me for the file. A full investigation will be completed, and a grievance meeting date is pending.
A member at Konrad Beverage was terminated for not following a directive from his supervisor, a directive that the member claims he never received. A grievance is pending investigation.
Thomas Jefferson University has been grieved by Chief Shop Steward and 830 Trustee Tony Mastrome for a violation of the CBA article 16, Overtime List, in which Tony has rejected TJU’s 1st step grievance response and has requested to proceed to the next grievance step to resolve the violation and cease further loss of overtime opportunities for the majority of the members, which was allegedly created by management to feed one member substantial overtime by offering him OT on two shifts on an almost daily basis for a considerable amount of time due to his Lead position status. The goal of the grievance is to equitably use the overtime list in Article 16 to award overtime opportunities for ALL and NOT just FOR ONE, and not for the convenience of management.
At Bunzl, due to Covid–19 I protested the unsafe condition of sending our members at Bunzl into a sea container from China that needed product to be unloaded due to a time constraint and I asked the employer to use a Lumper Company in which the Employer did comply in order to protect our warehousemen of unknown risk at that time. I felt it was more safe at that time for our members to not unload it just in case the load was infected. I may have been over cautious as I’m told it takes five weeks to arrive here, but I rather be safe than risk somebody’s health.
At Aramark, half the workforce has been laid off due to many of their clients being shut down due to Covid–19 state governor’s orders and the economic loss of sales due to closures of client accounts.
I am glad to say and want to recognize our shop stewards in that shop and our members too that took voluntary layoffs or used vacations so they could save a few others from layoff. That’s solidarity at its best.
That concludes my report. Stay as safe and healthy as you can by following the CDC guidelines and hopefully, we will “turn a corner” on this pandemic in the coming weeks.
God Bless you and your families.
Vice President, Glenn P. Fulcher
Due to the Coronavirus all contract negotiations and arbitrations have been put on hold. Canada Dry CBA has been extended to September 2020.
I want to thank all our members (essential workers) who continue to go to work every day. We thank you, stay safe, stay Teamster strong. God Bless you and your families.
Recording Secretary, John O’Rourke
Good morning, afternoon, and evening… I say this because Local 830 members work around the clock including weekends, as does the Officers and Staff at your Union hall. Thank-you “ALL” for persevering through the long weeks, of this world-wide quagmire.
Spring is here, summer is maybe 40 days and a wake up down the road. I am hopeful that our elected officials will open the tristate area up soon, which I believe will ease some of the tension.
Take your vacation time, although I can bet the kiddies have you pulling out your hair, remember that they are a gift, and will remember walking and holding your hand, throwing that baseball, etc. You don’t get them moments back.
Be safe, panic breeds panic, fear breeds fear, calm breeds calm. Be strong.
Trustee, Anthony Mastrome
Greetings and Salutations Brothers and Sisters-
Over 30 million American workers have recently filed for unemployment benefits, and
The pandemic has created a worker revolt, as across the Nation there is a revival of worker activism. One things for sure, millions of American workers now realize what it's like when you don't have a voice in the workplace, and what it's like being without paid sick leave and the reality of trying to do your job without the proper personal protective equipment, like gloves and masks to perform your work safely.
For way too long in this country employers have treated workers like disposable commodities and not like the essential workers they are in this Profit over People society. Companies like Amazon, Whole Foods, fast food restaurants, Target and companies that employ Gig-workers are unprepared for the oncoming labor uprising as American workers are on the march over job safety, wages and paid sick leave. The day of atonement for corporate America has arrived.
On Friday May 1st, known as May Day by the Labor movement, a day of worker activism, these workers conducted a general strike nation-wide to promote Solidarity and to end systemic inequality! All of these workers are fed up being stuck in an unending grind and they are aware of the fact that the only way out is to join a union. ALL workers are essential, our humanity makes us all essential to each other!
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING UPDATES
April 5, 2020 – General Membership Meeting CANCELLED due to COVID-19.
Secretary-Treasurer, Daniel H. Grace’s Report
Welcome to all, as I begin my report, I reflect on the fact that February of this year I began my 45th year in Local 830 and I can’t remember ever having to cancel a General Membership Meeting. But times change and things happen and the CoronaVIRUS (COVID-19 ) hit, AND LIFE AS WE KNEW CHANGED. The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted all our lives in ways we never imagined.
For the majority of our members Beer and Soda we have been deemed as essential suppliers of the food supply chain. Our other members that have been furloughed for the period of this pandemic are now worrying about paychecks. For every other member that is out there working, I want you to know that I’m on conference calls every day with our INTERNATIONAL. I’m getting daily updates from the CDC and the information is provided to the Business Agents and then out to you- the members.
I have sent letters to the employers asking that they abide by the CDC recommendations and to allow you to wash your hands, keep the social distance between the members and also to relax any standards or productivity numbers that they require you to meet.
I want to give a big thank you to all our companies that gave what we call Hero’s Pay, the additional hourly rate. For those that did not SHAME ON YOU!
ON THE POLITICAL FRONT, Primary Election day has been moved to June 2, 2020. We continue to talk with our political friends for advice during these troubling times.
I want everyone to know that the Union and Health and Welfare office is open, and we are here to serve you the members. Stay safe!
President, Charles T. White's Report
I want to report that in the month of March that Muller Inc. tried to institute a trash policy in which drivers would be disciplined for leaving trash in their truck. Discipline would include up to suspension and termination. The owner was told firmly face to face and in writing that the Union would never agree to that and if implemented it would be grieved and arbitrated to its fullest extent to protect our members employment and unfair labor practice charges would be filed at the NLRB for injunctive relief if implemented if discipline was issued to any member. I agree that drivers should clean out the truck cab and bins daily as is common courtesy and while on the clock so I encourage all to, let’s be more cognizant to remembering to check to make sure to put all trash in a trash can at end of the day instead of leaving that tuna fish can in the cab as a bad air freshener.
At GD Correctional at the Prison a member lost his clearance for accusation of bringing contraband into the prison. A grievance is pending.
At Origlio Beverage there are grievances pending answers: Non DOT drug test procedure, violation of seniority/job not posted non carryover of 2019 personal days
At Domestic Uniform I have asked the Employer to reopen the contract due to changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime threshold and I am told that the Employer is exploring options for a proposal to the Union’s proposal to earn on an hourly basis.
Covid – 19: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and state mandates to close down business in order to enforce social distancing, some of our shops that I’m responsible for have had either a full layoff or partial layoff and we are concerned about those members and their families wellbeing and economic survival during this crisis. Everyone’s life has been affected and for many their world has been turned upside down. We have spoken to and sent out letters telling Employers to consider alternative deliveries and to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and proper protective equipment and sanitizing, and if possible, let workers work safely from home. We have sent many of our members to Guardian Nurses for medical advice and help regarding issues with Covid -19. That is a great benefit to our members and our staff and a great organization.
We have had issues with drivers and customers where the customers have not enforced social distancing and some concerned companies have reacted to my requests to call, letter and enforce customers to find alternative deliveries when that happens to their company drivers. Unfortunately, some companies have not used those options. With that being said any EMPLOYER who has been given a complaint by a driver or helper or salesperson and refused to act on those complaints, including my earlier requests for curbside and tailgate deliveries, and such employee has given the employer opportunity to remedy a safe situation, and no action still has not been taken then I will file a claim with OSHA and the Department of Health to protect our members from risk of exposure to the virus at those accounts. Do NOT risk your health if you are involved in a PROVEN bona fide unsafe condition. Please let your employer know which accounts will not comply with the CDC and report unsafe conditions. Before any refusal to deliver please call me too and provide facts and allow me to intervene and call your employer. A bona fide condition defined is a condition that could likely cause death or serious harm. There is a four-part criteria that must be met so it’s not as simple as - you are afraid to enter. I do not advise to refuse work. Follow my advisement as written earlier in this paragraph in reporting proven unsafe conditions, I promise you I shall act to protect you.
There are some Employers who I have been lucky enough to been able to bargain incentives for hazard pay for our members at GD Correctional Services at the Philadelphia Prison System, American BD Opici Wine and Aramark have agreed to continue to contribute to our medical benefit plan while employees are on layoff until June 30th. I commend those Employers for their action. I am also pushing on other employers to try to do the same in response to many members requests to receive hazard pay. Please know we are addressing those requests by asking to discuss and bargain. Please know all Employers are trying to keep all employed and in benefits even as we see that 10 million claims for unemployment went in as of Friday, almost 400,000 in Pennsylvania and over 206,000 in New Jersey.
I want to recognize our heroes down at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who are working in facilities services there and who are working close and throughout this deadly crisis. These Teamsters work amongst deadly infectious diseases every day in their career. I’m proud to know and represent them all. Salute!
I advise all to pray and not worry as everything is in God’s hands, and this crisis will pass as many before us have and has left us stronger and better for enduring it.
On a good note Danny Grace today has commissioned Ed Langdon and Dennis McGinley from Pepsi and myself to help his favorite charity Aid for Friends to deliver pallets of food to the food bank at St. John’s Church on 3100 Tyson Avenue in Philadelphia where many of the city’s less fortunate lined up to receive a supply of boxed meals as we stocked the bank.
Going forward let’s focus on our blessings more, and less on our fears and that may help us all ride out this crisis hopefully soon enough. Remember tough times come and go. Tough guys and girls live forever. God Bless!
Vice President, Glenn P. Fulcher's Report
Currently Warwick Township
Upcoming Canada Dry
Coke Bulk: John Slaveter, July 14, 2020
Recording Secretary, John O’Rourke's Report
Brothers and Sisters,
March has been an interesting month. We have dealt with grievances, suspension, terminations, and the “Clearing House” Policies of each company to be sure they are within the boundaries of the law. All of which is normal.
On or about mid-month CV-19 breaks out of Communist China, the petri dish and cruise ship, then begins to hit the United States, then the panic, then the Company policies concerning CV-19. Most of these had to be adjusted and modified, all with the actions of Local 830 Officers, Trustees, and let’s not forget the first line of communication, the Shop Stewards who quell many a concern.
Everyone is feeling the pressure, the pinch, and the proverbial life change associated with the pandemic. Stay safe, stay strong, but stay cool, fore this is as real as your life will get!
P.S. – I am not coming for your toilet paper, maybe your last pint of Irish Whiskey!
Trustee, Anthony Mastrome's Report
Today is April 05, 2020 Palm Sunday! Good morning my Teamster Brothers and Sisters!
Because we are practicing social distancing at the present time because of our unwanted visitor COVID-19, we will be having our General Membership Meeting through social media until further notice. Welcome to quarantine nation!
I hope and pray that all of our Teamster family is healthy and safe during this critical time, as if we didn't have enough drama in our already hectic lives, now Our Nation is being traumatized by an invisible enemy known as a viral pandemic.
We can flatten the curve on this unbiased intruder if we follow the guidelines set by the CDC; stay home, when possible, and practice social distancing. There is a fine line between sanity and madness and living in these times of turmoil, that can make even the strongest willed individual crack from the anxiety and stress of feeling isolated.
We have ventured into unchartered territory in this generation. Pandemics have a way of turning people's lives upside down, creating untold stress and mental anguish while trying to cope with all that is going on around us. It reveals how vulnerable we are especially our children, none of us do well with uncertainty and with all that's happening is a lot for children to process. Children will regress more so than adults, according to a Duke university professor who advises changes in appetite and sleep are often the first signs that things aren't okay, he goes on to say, children that are struggling can act out of character by exhibiting mood shifts like angry outbursts and loss of interest in their favorite activities.
According to this professional trouble focusing and acting out are classic signs that a child is experiencing emotional stress, he suggested that parents can have open dialogue with their children, exercise patience, address misinformation and reassure them that everything will eventually return to normal, show them that they can still communicate with friends through social media.
In closing, I want to give a shout out to all the heroes on the front lines, no matter what industry they are employed in and I am proud of all of our Teamster Brothers and Sisters at Jefferson who have had their family lives turned upside down by shift changes and never once complained. Way to go Teamsters!
Learn from yesterday! Live for today! Hope for tomorrow! THIS TOO SHALL PASS!
UNION NIGHT WITH
RACHEL THOMAS Last updated 00:01, March 15 2018
A crate of Pepsi is wedged up against an arm rest between the front seat and the back.
Underneath is a box of Mountain Dew, then more Pepsi shoved underneath a seat.
This, claims union man Danny Grace, is evidence of Philadelphia's black market for sugary beverages.
Unregistered drivers are reportedly selling soda for cash in Philadelphia to get around the beverage tax.
Grace is secretary-treasurer of the Teamsters – many of whom drive for Coke and Pepsi – and his members send him these photos when they spot the vans around the city.
A sandwich and a soda is an institution in Philadelphia, much like the famed Philly cheese steak, "but now the soda costs more than the sandwich".
He produces more photos – white vans, number plates, crates of Coke bottles, an orange drink called Sunkist, and a man in a white shirt with a piece of paper in his hand, standing next to crates of Coke and Red Bull.
Unregistered drivers are taking white vans to untaxed suppliers – such as Walmart – outside the city and buying in bulk, then selling the products to retailers in the city for cash, Grace says.
Union leader Danny Grace supplied photos of soft drinks jammed into vans for sale on a black market that dodges Philadelphia's sugar tax.
"They're going to distributors, to bars, they're going wherever they can and selling it. There's no tracing it at that point.
"We know they're coming outta Maryland. We know they're coming outta Virginia. We think they're coming outta New York."
That hurts his members even more because "our guys are losing that revenue also".
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledges the black market exists, but says the vast majority of affected taxpayers play by the rules.
"However, we know that some may not be, and we built into our revenue projections a 10 per cent non-compliance rate.
"The fact that we raised $60 million over nine months makes clear that while black market activity exists, it is not widespread."
Crates of Sunkist drink sit in the back of a van.
Grace says he's sent these photos to the mayor's office and city hall, but claims they don't want to know.
Since the tax was implemented, Kenney's office won't return Grace's calls or reply to his letters, he says.
"This is really hard on our members, y'know?"
Kenney says he's "always happy to meet with labour leaders" and adds that funding has increased for Department of Revenue enforcement staff to ensure taxpayers are doing what they're supposed to.
Merchants who play by the rules display the amount of tax on a product on the receipt.
"Those who are not coming into compliance are receiving fines," Kenney says.
"Repeated non-compliance could result in the closure of the business."
Danny Grace, head of Teamsters Local 830 in Philadelphia, says the city's tax on sweetened beverages has cost his members their jobs.
PURCHASE YOUR 75TH ANNIVERSARY HATS TODAY!
Our 75th Anniversary hats have finally arrived! We are selling hats for winter and summer. Hats will be sold at the Local 830 Union Hall for $15.00 each.
John R. Muller former President of Teamsters Local Union #830 passed away suddenly on December 28, 2017.
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BEVERAGE TAX RALLY
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW "MR. & MRS."
JIM AND AMY DIVERGILIS
LOCAL 830 CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
Local 830 celebrated 75 years of excellence on Sunday, September 10th. Below are links of the photos:
2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
daughter of Joseph Venit - Pepsi Wilmington
Peter Matucci Recipient
daughter of Francis Emig - Pepsi Wilmington
daughter of John Capanna - Origlio Beverage
daughter of Vincent Cavallo - Meenan Oil
son of Deon Angeline - Coca Cola Refreshments
EDWARD GALLAGHER II
son of Edward Gallagher - Pepsi Cola/National Brand
son of Frank Jackson - Origlio Beverage
son of Martin Cruz - Origlio Beverage
son of Robert Kee - Pepsi Philadelphia
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
daughter of Joseph Fie - Coca Cola Refreshments
daughter of John Carr - Canada Dry
daughter of Daniel Driscoll - Pepsi Philadelphia
daughter of Thomas Beinlich - Gretz
son of Frank Torres - BDCI
son of Brian Burke - Muller Inc.
son of Thomas Brennen - Coca Cola Refreshments
son of George Beal - Pepsi Pennsauken
son of Miguel Vazquez
Danny Grace makes a motion against the Soda Tax at the
29th International Convention
NO SODA TAX!
Teamsters Local 830 says NO to the SODA TAX!
Sunday, September 13, 2015
General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m.
BBQ and Car Show immediately following meeting.
2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Daughter of Vincent Cavallo - Meenan Oil
Daughter of Michael Prem - Bunzl
Son of Jeffrey Peterson - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Son of Salvatore Azzara - Pepsi Cola Philadelphia
Daughter of Joseph Donia - American B.D.
Daughter of Brian Martin - Coca Cola Refreshments
Daughter of Thomas Langan - Canada Dry
Louis P. Mattucci Memorial Scholarship
Son of Richard Ciecka - Penn Distributors
Judge Lenny Brown addresses membership about the changes to the CDL Laws concerning DUI's
Congratulations to James Bell, Jr.
Hoffa Scholarship Recipient
James Bell, Jr. is the son of James Bell - Shop Steward at Pepsi Wilmington.
***ELECTION DAY - NOVEMBER 4th***
Polls open at 7:00 a.m. Close at 8:00 p.m.
JIM HOFFA VISITS LOCAL 830
TOP ROW - Jim Brown, Jim Hoffa, Tony Mastrome & Danny Grace
BOTTOM ROW - Billy Peal, Jack O'Rourke & Sue Deluisi
JIM HOFFA & TEAMSTERS ENDORSE
TOM WOLF FOR GOVERNOR
Pictured left to right- Billy Hamilton, Tom Wolf, Jim Hoffa & Danny Grace
Pictured left to right - Jock Rowe, Secretary Treasurer L.U. 77, Danny Grace, Jim Hoffa, Tom Wolf & Billy Hamilton
DANNY GRACE & BILLY HAMILTON
MEET WITH SENATOR PAT TOOMEY
Pictured left to right-Principal Officer Local 107 Billy Hamilton, Senator Pat Toomey and Secretary Treasurer Danny Grace
Sunday, September 7, 2014
General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m.
BBQ and Car Show immediately following meeting.
2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Stephen Beatrice - Coca Cola
Brian Spicer - Pepsi Beverages Company (Wilmington, DE)
Stanley McGraw - Penn Distributors
Joseph Prestia - Gretz Beer Company
Douglas Williams - Post Precision Casting, Inc.
Norman Fosbenner - Pepsi Beverages Company (Philadelphia, PA)
Richard Talvacchia - Origlio Beverage
Garry Carlson - Coca Cola Refreshments
David Earnhart - Konrad Beverage Company
David Mammarello - Bunzl Manufacturing
Louis P. Mattucci Memorial Scholarship Fund
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE
General Membership Meetings are suspended for the
summer months of June, July and August. Meetings will resume on
Sunday, September 7, 2014 and 10:00 in the Union Hall. Have a safe summer.