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The Wasilla office will be closed from May 26-June 5 and will resume normal business hours June 8. First Student members please contact Derek at 751-8519; all Teamsters are welcome to call or visit the Anchorage office 800-478-0959. Remember you can pay your dues online or over the phone. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The IBT received hundreds of college scholarship applications and are in the process of evaluating them. The winners will be notified in July. They are planning to award $1,000,000 total in funds thanks to the generous support from locals, joint councils and corporate sponsors.
Another part of the award program is the annual Essay Contest. The application form is posted under the resources then go to scholarships, it is also available on www.teamsters.org. Forty winning essays from each region (Eastern, Western, Central, Southern, Canadian) will be chosen for a total of 200 winning essays. Each winner of the essay contest will be awarded $1,000.
Best of luck to all the applicants this year!
With the end of the school year fast approaching Teamsters at Anchorage School District and First Student will need to contact your local dues office soon to change your status for the summer months by selecting to pay non-working dues or requesting withdrawal status. If you want to request a withdrawal please do so by May 31st.
You may contact the Anchorage dues office at 751-8521, Fairbanks dues office at 452-2959, or Wasilla dues office 864-0959 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12-1:00 p.m.)
A Fairbanks Teamsters daughter was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) James R. Hoffa (JRH) Scholarship Fund by entering in the 2014 JRH essay contest. The JRH Scholarship deadline is nearing quickly. Please submit your applications to the Anchorage office before March 27 to ensure we can get it post-dated by March 31 to submit to the JRH Scholarship Fund.
Written by: Brad Brown, Safety/Security/Environmental Compliance Manager at Horizon Lines of Alaska
Anchorage Hostler drivers are members of Alaska Teamsters Union Local 959 and have played a major role in movement of containers in the Horizon Lines' yard for decades. Recently the group achieved a remarkable milestone for reach a total of more than 5 years since their last "Recordable Lost-Time Injury".
Hostlers have one of the most difficult jobs during the long winter months requiring constant vigilance towards safety. In their daily jobs they regularly: climb off and on their tractors to affix air and electrical connections; crawl under chassis’ to hammer on brakes to free frozen drums or linings; and, maintain control of units during very slippery winter conditions.
To service the vessel Hostlers are divided into three groups of drivers referred as a gang, with each gang composed of five drivers. Each gang works one of the three Gantry cranes moving containers from the vessel to designated spots in the yard for customer pickup and eventually returning them to redistribution to customers for goods export.
In addition to vessel operations, individual Hostlers may be assigned to work with TAG (who performs random container inspections) or move containers to the nearby rail yard for transport on the Alaska Railroad. Drivers are also responsible for reworking displaced cargo in containers or for loads that have shifted in shipment and for reducing cargo weight on flats to comply with legal load limitations on Alaska roadways.
How have they done? Well, their last recordable lost-time injury was September 15, 2009, and last reportable injury with no lost time was on December 26, 2011! What an accomplishment!
Congratulations to all for this amazing feat under tough Alaska conditions.
If anybody thought last winter's North Slope season was busy wait till this winter. The 2015 winter North Slope season list of jobs is getting bigger and bigger. As of November 12, 2014, below are the jobs that have been announced: