We are proud and excited to announce Avral Thompson as the new Secretary-Treasurer for Teamsters Local 89!
Avral has served as our Vice President since 2016 and served as Recording Secretary prior to that. He has been a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 89 since 1996 when he was hired to cover, Kroger, Furniture, and Truck Modification and other miscellaneous shops.
On August 7th, 2020, Colvin “Johnny” Bolton retired from Teamsters Local 89 after 44 years of membership.
Johnny became a Teamster at the age of 19 when he was hired at American Greetings in 1976. Three years later he ran for and won his first Steward. He served as a Steward for three years before being elected Chief Steward for his plant.
August 4, 2020
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 89 BEGINS STRIKE AT DSI TUNNELING
Louisville, KY - Teamsters Local 89 members employed at DSI Tunneling went on strike at 3:30 AM this morning, following a unanimous strike vote conducted Monday evening.
DSI Tunneling voted to join Teamsters Local 89 in November of 2019 by an overwhelming majority.
Teamsters Local 89 Event Cancellations
As part of our continued efforts to safeguard our members during the COVID-19 outbreak, Teamsters Local 89 has had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel our previously planned annual Teamsters Day at Kentucky Kingdom, as well as the 2020 Steward Leadership Conference.
July 8, 2020 – Today an overwhelming majority of drivers at Vistar Kentucky voted to join Teamsters Local 89, marking the second straight victory for Local 89’s Organizing Department.
The Vistar Campaign began in early April after Local 89 UPS Ground Business Agent James DeWeese forwarded a lead to the Organizing Department.
June 22, 2020 – Today a majority of drivers at Quickway Carriers voted to join Teamsters Local 89, following a long and turbulent organizing effort. Quickway is now the third Teamster represented workforce at the Louisville Kroger Distribution Center, with Zenith and Transervice already at that location.
Labor Unions have long stood for the rights of working people. Throughout our history, one of our defining principles is our belief that all working people should be treated as equals regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or other differences.
We are proud to announce the recently formed Teamsters Local 89 Women’s Committee has created a COVID-19 Crisis Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide groceries and household items to members who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in need assistance for themselves or their families.
Apr 13, 2020 - It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the tragic passing of a Teamsters Local 89 member at UPS Worldport who had been off of work since April 1st. This sadly marks the first member of our Local Union who has lost their life to the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping our country.
In order to protect our union members during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have communicated ALL employee concerns brought to our attention to the Company. The Company had already put measures in place for the safety of our employees and in addition addressed the concerns that were brought up by Local 89 members.
TeamCare Layoff Benefits
We have been informed by the IBT that the TeamCare Board of Trustees have approved a plan amendment granting up to eight weeks of TeamCare Layoff Coverage at no cost to members who are laid off between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
This is an issue that many Local Unions across the country, including Teamsters Local 89, have been asking TeamCare to address.
Those who are seeking to utilize the two-weeks of paid sick leave negotiated between the IBT and UPS must fill out a form that is now available on UPSers.com. You can access the form, and instructions, using the following information.
Go to UPSers.com and log in – Click the “Learn More” button on the COVID-19 section located just below the main header.
The Teamsters Local 89 Executive Board has passed a resolution calling for all employers to provide paid sick leave for workers who do not currently have it, enhance health and safety procedures, provide more open information to workers, and provide increased compensation as a show of appreciation to the essential workers who are keeping America running during this crisis.