President Scott Quenneville and Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran Pledge Continued Strong Membership Representation As They Begin Their Respective Terms of Office
Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak (right) issues the oath of office to newly-elected Local 243 President Scott Quenneville (left) and Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran during a ceremony at the Union's Plymouth Township office.
Jim Cianciolo Announces Retirement After 42 Years of Service To Local 243;
Scott Quenneville Elected President Effective January 1, 2022
Back row (left to right): Trustee Ernie Bell, Trustee Dave Bailey, Secretary-Treasurer Scott Quenneville, President Jim Cianciolo and Business Agent Greg Lowran. Front row (left to right): Recording Secretary Phil Turner, Vice President Cory Smith, Trustee Lynne Meade and Business Representative Scott Wood.
A new chapter in Local 243 history begins on January 1, 2022 when long-time President Jim “Cinci” Cianciolo begins his new life as a Teamster retiree after five decades of Union service and current Secretary-Treasurer Scott Quenneville assumes his duties as Local 243’s new President, filling the vacancy created by Cinci’s retirement.
During the Union’s December 5, 2021 Executive Board meeting, Cianciolo made his formal retirement announcement.
“Effective December 31, 2021, I will be retiring and resigning my position as Local 243 President and Business Representative” Cianciolo said. “This is my 504th Executive Board meeting. It has been an honor and priviledge working for Local 243 and representing the membership for the past 42 years. This was a very difficult decision for me to make, but I believe it is time for me to move on to a new life adventure. Although I am leaving my position, I remain available to assist in any way that I can.”
Following Cianciolo’s announcement, Local 243’s Executive Board elected Secretary-Treasurer Scott Quenneville as the new President effective January 1, 2022, completing Cianciolo’s unexpired term. The Board also elected Business Representative Greg Lowran as Secretary-Treasurer, filling Quenneville’s unexpired term. Lowran, who retired in 2018, returned this past September to assist with the transition.
“Cinci has been a tireless advocate for Local 243 members for over 40 years,” Quenneville said. “His expert leadership in negotiations, grievance hearings and in various other dealings with employers has all made a world of difference, as well as historic progress, for all Local 243 members. All Local 243 members wish Cinci the best in whatever new adventures lie ahead for him as a transitions to his new life as Teamster retiree.”
Quenneville also welcomed Greg Lowran back to the Local 243 team. “We were all so grateful that Greg agreed to come out of retirement to assist us during this transition,” Quenneville said. “Greg’s 30 years of service and his previous work as Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer will serve us well during this time.”
Jim Cianciolo has been a Local 243 member since 1969. He was originally hired by Montgomery Ward, and served as six years as a Steward. Upon accepting full-time employment as a Local 243 Business Agent, Cinci served on the Montgomery Ward National Negotiating Committee and was Committee Chairman in 1994.
Working his way up through the ranks of Local 243, Cinci was elected Vice President in 1984, Secretary-Treasurer in 1985 and President in 1995, a position he held until his retirement.
Cinci also engineered the merger with Teamsters Local 580. Since the merger, he has been assisting the Lansing office with contract negotiations at various companies.
In addition to his work with Local 243, Cinci served as Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council #43 and President of the Teamsters Credit Union.
TEAMCARE COVID-19 Bulletin For UPS, Jack Cooper Transport and American Red Cross Members
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TEAMCARE COVID-19 Short-Term Disability Benefits Claim Form
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Local 243 UPS Members Continue Fighting Back, and Winning, Against Company Violations of Their 9.5 Contractual Rights
Last year, Local 243 hit a historic mark as the Union fought, and won, more than $102,000 for members who filed grievances over the Company violating their 9.5 contractual rights.
This trend continues in 2021 as Local 243 stands firm on our commitment to strictly enforce the collective bargaining agreement.
Since January 1, 2021 Local 243 has won an additional $1,553.62 in 9.5 grievance payouts for members.
Local 243 encourages all UPS members to continue utilizing the grievance procedure to protect your dignity, rights and respect on the job. If you believe your rights have been violated by the Company, your Manager or your Supervisor, or if you disagree with any discipline that you receive, contact your Steward or Business Representative right away and file a grievance to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.
Teamsters Local 243 Targets Amazon’s Romulus Warehouse As Organizing Campaign Intensifies Across Metro-Detroit
As interest in Union organizing grows among Amazon's workers in Alabama and across the country, Local 243 continues reaching out to Amazon employees throughout Metro-Detroit encouraging them to join the Teamsters.
On March 1, 2021 Local 243, joined by Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 and Teamsters Local 337, sponsored an informational organizing drive outside Amazon's Romulus facility. The purpose for this visit was to inform Amazon workers of their legal rights to join a Union and explain how the Teamsters will improve wages, benefits, working conditions and job security for all Amazon workers.
Pictured above at Local 243's Romulus organizing drive are (left to right) UPS Driver Aaron Puschell, UPS-CSI Steward Jason Sims, Vice President Scott Quenneville, Secretary-Treasurer Neil Pettit, Business Agent Scott Wood, Teamsters Joint Council #43 Organizer Dave Hughes, UPS Livonia Steward Steve Karas, Teamsters Joint Council #43 Organizer T.J. Kitchen, Local 337 Vice President Jim Parrinello and Recording Secretary Phil Turner.
IBT and UPS Negotiate Sick Leave Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding Coronavirus
The MOU guarantees up to ten (10) days of paid sick leave for UPS members who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 virus as follows:
(1) Employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is required by government, public health official, a doctor or UPS to be quarantined.
(2) Employee’s immediate family member who resides in the same household is diagnosed with COVID-19 and is thus forced to quarantine.
For more specifics click on the image above to read the entire MOU.