Teamsters Local 206

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Message from the Secretary Treasurer

I am pleased to inform you that the offices of Teamsters Local 206 are reopened. We are requiring masks and social distancing with occupancy limits so walk-ins are welcome and transactions can be made at the counter. If you are wanting to see your Union Representative, as always it is best to call ahead of time to make sure they are not in meetings or at bargaining unit locations.

We encourage everyone to get your vaccination as soon as possible, so that we can continue to improve our recovery as a nation and rebuild our economy safely. 

Teamsters Local 206 continues to grow and seek out opportunities to organize new bargaining units, as we did with our latest campaign at the So-Delicious plant in Springfield Oregon. There, 107 new Teamsters voted to join Local 206 in December and we are commencing bargaining for their first contract. We welcome any contacts or leads to improve the living standards of the working men and women in our area. Please contact the local office and we will gladly assist you. 

Gene Blackburn
Secretary Treasurer

IBT Convention Delegate Nominations Results

Nominations meetings were held on January 12, 13, and 14 to nominate candidates for Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the 30th International Convention of the IBT.

The following members were nominated for the three Delegate positions: Gene Blackburn, Dan Soeby, and Geoff Stewart.

The following members were nominated for the four Alternate Delegate positions: Leonard Stoehr, Regulo Ortiz, Michael Jurkiewicz, Duane Adams.

Read the official IBT Nomination Meeting Results Posting.

Teamster Convention Call

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters will hold its 30th International Convention virtually, Tuesday, June 22 to Friday, June 25, 2021. 


Teamster Resources

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