THANK YOU to the Long Island Progressive Coalition for posting this appeal for the Local 814 members at Waldner's Business Environments:
LONG ISLAND CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER CLARE ROSE
STAND UP FOR WORKING FAMILIES, BOYCOTT WALDNER'S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS
Waldner’s Business Environments, an office furniture dealer based in Farmingdale, NY has been around for 75 years. Yet despite years of profitability and a positive relationship with Teamsters Local 814, management at Waldner's has stated that starting June 30, 2017 they plan to terminate their entire Teamster crew of warehousemen, helpers and drivers and replace them with subcontractors.
Many of these workers at Waldner’s have been with the company for over twenty years, some over thirty years.
Waldner’s did not even make a good faith effort to negotiate a contract with the Union. Instead, the company walked away from the bargaining table after a single session, and to date has refused to discuss a new deal for the workers.
The Union has filed charges with the labor board, arguing that the company’s actions violate its obligations under federal labor laws.
Long Island families need good jobs now more than ever! Companies like Waldner's, that abandon the very workers who have helped make them profitable (just like at Clare Rose!) don't deserve our support.
On behalf of the hardworking members at Waldner’s, we are reaching out to you today to ask for your help. If you own or help run an organization on Long Island or anywhere in the tri-state area, we ask that you commit to not purchase any furniture from Waldner’s until this dispute is resolved.
The best way to help us is to email company president Meredith Waldner Stern at email@example.com, with a copy to me or 814's President Jason Ide (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) letting Waldner's know you are soliciting bids for furniture and work elsewhere until this dispute is resolved.
We Are Moving
For the second time, our office in Long Island City has been purchased by developers to make way for new highrises. The new landlord will be demolishing the building, and we must vacate by the end of the month.
Effective May 1, 2017, Local 814 will be moving into temporary space in downtown Brooklyn while we search for a more permanent location. The phone number will remain the same (718-609-6407). If you need to come into the Union hall to pay dues etc., please call beforehand to let Emilia Hart know that you will be stopping by. Our new address is:
195 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Michael Salvatore Romano, long time 814 member, passed away recently on Monday January 16th. A memorial was held today at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens. In attendance were many family members, friends and former 814 co-workers including Local President Jason Ide, Organizer Julian Tysh, former 814 VP Mickey Flath, and several other former Sotheby's Teamsters who worked along side Mike for years.
Mike not only spent time on the list at Sotheby's but prior to that worked for years in the moving and storage industry as an extra, for Certified and other barns as well. He was lovingly known as "Mike Muscles" and he was a great guy with a great sense of humor. He was also not afraid to stand up to the company and defend his union brothers. He will be missed but he will definitely not be forgotten.
(LEFT) Mike with Tommy MacAllister and Vinny Cavazos at Sotheby's
(RIGHT) Former co-workers Vinny Cavazos, Jimmy and Lou Lamboy, Julian Tysh and Jason Ide at today's memorial
As of December 5th of last year, the new contract was signed and ratified at AFD/D&G. That means all moving & storage and new furniture companies have signed the new contract -- except for Waldner's where negoatiations are on-going.
Thanks to all the members at AFD, and all the other non-association barns, that stuck together and helped us ratify a great new agreement for our entire industry.
We hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays and wish everyone the best in the new year. Stay tuned for annoucements on where we will be taking our continued fight for more work and a more fair moving industry. Thank you for all you do.
On Sunday December 4th of 2016, Local 814 held the first of several planned trainings for the union's shop stewards. The event was well attended by shoppies from Moving and Storage as well Sotheby's Auction House.
President Jason Ide lead a detailed and interactive workshop on how to conduct to a proper investigation if a co-worker is disciplined by managment. Business Agent Walter Taylor gave advice on dealing with supervisors and dispatchers and lastly Organizer Julian Tysh gave a brief presentation on the IDS -- Industry Dispatch System.
Thank you to all who came out. The steward is the union's first line of defense on the job so it is important that we all continue to better educate ourselves. The executive board will be scheduling a make-up training for all stewards who were unable to attend as well as a follow up trainings for those that completed this first class.
Click here: http://ibt814.com/docs/Switch%20to%20OptumRX.pdf or download the attached annoucement about improvements to our prescription network.
As of Jan 1st we will be using Optum RX. For any questions call The Northern New Jersey Teamster Benefit Funds at 1-800-250-3121.
Download: Switch to OptumRX.pdf
What's New at IBT 814
REST of ASSOCIATION and HUDSON RIVER ALL SIGN THE NEW CONTRACT!
Earlier today, Central, Capital and Certified all signed the new moving & storage contract. And moments ago Hudson River signed as well.
Ratification Vote will be Tuesday night @ Local 814 for all list employees of Central, Certified, and Capital as well as extras who work for any of those companies.
Globe Storage & Moving signed the new contract and it was ratified on Sunday with a unanimous vote from the members. Stay tuned for more updates.MOVING & STORAGE BARGAINING UPDATEThe Bargaining Group and Union representatives have not met in person since Thursday, April 28. Management emailed Union representatives a one page economic offer that did not match the deal struck with Eagle Transfer. The offer does not increase the Industry B pension accrual and does not have B's that were promoted to A earning a full Annuity.Most importantly, the "offer" does not explain what language these economics are tied to. The Union has repeatedly contacted management representatives to get clarity on their proposal. In the meantime, the Union remains willing to sit down at the table and ink a deal. We will keep you informed as the situation progresses.