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Message from the Secretary Treasurer

It has been my honor and privilege to have served the membership of Local 206 and The Teamsters Union, for the past twenty-nine years. It has been rewarding and challenging to navigate the relationship between members and their employers, through countless hearings and negotiations. I have met a lot of talented people, learned a lot and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that was given to me to be in service of our members. After twenty-nine years on staff at Local 206 and a total of thirty-seven years as a Teamster, I have elected to retire effective October 1, 2021. I leave Local 206 in the capable hands of dedicated staff who will continue to serve and meet the high standards that our members deserve. 

Further, I would like to congratulate Geoff Stewart who is appointed to fill the balance of my term as Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local Union No. 206. Geoff is a talented, dedicated and capable member of Local 206 who came from the rank and file and has been serving as Vice President. He will continue to serve the membership with dignity. I wish you all the best.

Gene Blackburn
Secretary Treasurer

Teamster Resources

The first General President Candidates Forum was live on the Internet, Wednesday September 1, 6:30 PM EST. Watch the Forum, or read the transcript, at Click here to read more.

A grievance is a violation by the company of the contract, the law, employer rules or policies, fair treatment or past practice. Before you file a grievance, check your contract to find out about your specific grievance procedure. Talk with your shop steward or Union Representative for help. 

Don't delay! We may lose the right to file and pursue a grievance if it is not filed according to the contractual time limits. (Note: Grievances cannot be filed online). 

Tips on writing your grievance.

  • Limit statements on the grievance form to basic facts.

  • Think of the six Ws — who, what, when, where, why, and witnesses.

  • Do not include arguments, evidence, and justifications at the time.

  • Do include all provisions of the contract you believe have been violated.

  • State the specific remedies being requested: i.e. pay claim, remove discipline, etc.

  • Sign and date your grievance after reviewing the prepared grievance for accuracy, especially dates.

  • Turn your grievance form into the union office in a timely manner.

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives us rights to to take time off to care of our medical needs and our family members. 

Find out more here.

In addition to the rights granted by the FMLA, Oregon employees have the right to take time off under several state laws.

Oregon Family and Medical Leave


Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.

These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. This means that you have the right to Union Representation when management is conducting any kind of investigation, be it into your numbers or an accident.

If management calls you into the office or talks to you about your job performance, an accident, or anything that could lead to discipline, ask for your shop steward.

Your steward has the right to know what the meeting is about and to meet with you to talk before the meeting starts.

You also have a right to take a break during the meeting and talk to your steward privately. Just say you want to go in the hallway and “caucus” with your steward.

Use a caucus to ask questions, to fill your shop steward in on important facts and to get on the same page.

Northwest Administrators (for Graphics Communications Teamsters) (800) 531-1489 

Teamster Privilege offers many benefits, including credit cards and insurance discounts.

Click here to find out about other perks.

Dues are due and payable on the first day of each month. If dues are not received in the Local Union office by the close of business on the last business day of each month due, a $5.00 late charge will be assessed for each month that it is late. (If your employer does not deduct your dues, you may either mail them or pay them in person at the Local 206 office.)

Dues that are three months in arrears will constitute cause for suspension from the Local Union, and will necessitate the payment of a $125.00 reinitiation fee in addition to all delinquent dues.

If you pay by mail or in person, please remember: your dues must be received in the Local 206 office by the close of business on the last business day of the month. 

Upon leaving the craft please obtain a withdrawal card immediately. Dues must be paid through the month in which you last worked to receive a withdrawal card at no charge. If you do not take a withdrawal card, you will be suspended when your dues are three months delinquent.

When you have a withdrawal card and you return to work, you deposit your withdrawal card and begin paying dues from the month in which you begin working again.

Applications are available for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to the academic scholarship, the fund offers a Training and Vocational Scholarship.

Apply here.

UPS Legal (covers most simple, uncontested legal actions) (800) 222-3025

UPS Harassment Hotline (800) UPS-1508

UPS 401K Voluntary program (800) 537-0189

UPS Part-Timers / Western Region 177 Healthcare (855) 215-2039

IBT GCC Division President, George Tedeschi (202) 624-6800

Northwest Administrators (for Graphics Communications Teamsters) (800) 531-1489