Chris Muhs with Oregon Senator, Jeff Merkley, in his Senate Office in Washington D.C. on February 2, 2010

A Message from Chris R. Muhs



                We’ve now had 5 days of contract negotiations with FSA and an additional day for the Office staff with little progress made. We have additional dates scheduled for April 26th, 27th and May 1st and 2nd with tentative dates of May 3rd and June 12th, 13th, and 14th. We presented our initial economic proposal to the Company on April 5th and expect things to move along faster than four years ago. It is vital for each of our members at FSA to stand strong and show SOLIDARITY to win a strong contract. Your entire committee is dedicated to that cause and making it very clear to the Company that the status quo is no longer acceptable. We will continue to press hard at the bargaining table!


                At Cash & Carry, we are still waiting for the contracts to be printed and delivered; the Company currently has them and they have already been signed by all the parties. At UPS in Salem, with a new Center Manager comes changes, some good and some bad. Currently, we are having issues with our historical usage of lunches and the new Manager is wanting to change that. Rest assured that the Union is doing everything in our power to maintain the practice and the shop stewards will be updated on the progress.


It is with sadness to report the loss of a long standing 36 year Teamster from WinCo Foods that recently passed away. Local 324 would like to send condolences to the family of Scott Armintrout along with our thoughts and prayers. It’s times like this that remind us of how important it is to enjoy each and every moment and live life to the fullest. More importantly, and especially as Teamsters, it’s important to be good to one another and never hold grudges.


On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the 47th annual Teamsters Kidney Benefit will be held in Portland at the Joe Edgar Hall from 6:00PM – 11:00PM. Admission and raffle tickets are available for purchase at Local 324 at $3.00 each or two for $5.00. There will be live music by the “Blue Light Band”, beer, food, wine and some very nice prizes will be raffled off. You must be 21 to attend. This is a great evening full of fun and the money goes to a great cause. Call the Local for information.


IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! On Thursday, May 25, 2017, at our May General Membership Meeting, we will be holding a vote of the membership in attendance to suspend the summer (June, July & August of 2016) General Membership Meetings as we have historically done. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.; be sure to attend and remember, we always raffle off some of our apparel and it’s important to be involved in your union. Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 9:00AM and 7:00PM. The meetings are informative and give members the opportunity to discuss issues or concerns. BE ACTIVE!!!


LEAVING EMPLOYMENT??? Be sure to request a withdrawal card when being laid off, going on a leave of absence, lengthy medical leave (when exceeding a full calendar month) or terminating your employment. All fees including initiation, back dues and/or late fees must be paid before a withdrawal card can be issued. Please take the time to protect your Membership status by calling our office immediately upon your absence from your employment. Failure to call our office to request a withdrawal card may result in you owing additional dues. If you should ever have questions about your Membership status, please call our office at 503-378-1421.



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Last Updated  11-17-2017