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Principal Officer's Message
Updated On: Nov 09, 2016

     I would like to personally welcome all members and guests to the new and improved Teamsters Local 991 website. The goal is to make this site member friendly, and with your input we will achieve that goal.

     It is with honor and gratitude that I serve the members and look forward to growing Local 991 to the level of potential that I vision.

     Local 991 has been affected by the recent depressed economy with plant closings at New Era Cap and Dairy Fresh in Mobile. That has not deterred the Local Union staff from the continued goal of organizing the unorganized. We continue to respond from inquiries about unionism and providing a voice in the workplace. It is my belief that the future looks bright for this Local Union.

     We have recently negotiated and ratified Agreements with Republic Services (Allied Waste) in Mobile and Brewton, Alabama, Coca-Cola, Miller Transporters, Johnson Brothers United and Blue Linx. Recent initial contracts include Alsco, First Student and the UPS Freight National Agreement. The CBAs for Republic Services were ratified after a successful job action that included support from the IBT Solid Waste Division, Joint Council 75, IBT Strategic Campaigns and Local Unions in Buffalo, Columbus, Ohio, and Seattle. The Local continues to build and strengthen relationships throughout the International Union in order that our members may benefit. We cannot be successful on our own, it takes a dedicated team to stop the current war on workers.

     The Executive Board has changed as well. Brother Frank Davis is now the Vice President, Donald Toussaint, Lavon Lindsey and James Degeyter have assumed positions as Trustees and David Smith is now President of the Executive Board. Keith Salmon continues as the Recording Secretary. Lavon (Rooster) Lindsey is now a Business Agent for the Local. Judy Chapa retired after many years of dedicated service and Debbie Salmon has been hired to assume her duties. Cynthia Powe continues her work in the office, as well as representing the members at Coke and on the pipeline/movies. The membership is blessed with their experience and knowledge that comprises the heart and soul of this Local.

     The jurisdiction of the Local is broad and the membership is diverse. We cover from the Florida Panhandle (Tallahassee) to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line and Southern Alabama. As you will see, if you visit the Companies section of the site, we represent an assortment of crafts. The challenge is to monitor the Collective Bargaining Agreements currently in place, negotiate better contracts upon expiration, and to organize the workers seeking membership in this great Union. We are looking forward to the challenge. It will not be easy in the anti-union environment that exists today. The playing field in skewed in favor of the Company. However, if we practice the true meaning of a Union, a group of workers acting as one, we will make positive strides towards attaining those objectives. It will take hard work of all of us to make progress.

     Please feel free to contact the Local Union with questions or concerns that you may have. Remember, there are General Membership Meetings on the third Saturday of each month. This is YOUR Local Union. Start coming to the meetings and let's pack the Union Hall. I hope to see you there.

                                                                            

Fraternally,

Jim Gookins

Secretary-Treasurer/Business Manager


 
 
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