Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 959
Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, Rick now makes his home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Rick moved to Anchorage and became a member of Teamsters Local 959 in June 1975. After working on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline project and the North Slope for 15 years he moved to Fairbanks in 1991 and accepted a staff position with Local 959
Rick is currently the Principle Officer of Local 959 and has served as: President, Fairbanks Business Manager, Business Representative, Construction Industry Coordinator, Contract Negotiator, Trustee for Pension Health and Welfare, Trustee for the Training Trust, and Tournament Director for the JLC Charity Golf Tournament.
Rick’s past responsibilities as a Business Representative included monitoring:
- the Trans Alaska Pipeline System Construction and Maintenance Agreement;
- the North Slope Petroleum Industry Agreement; all local Fairbanks construction Agreements;
- Collective Bargaining Agreements for Usibelli Coal Mine, Denali National Park bus drivers;
- Fairbanks ready-mix industry Agreements;
- United Parcel Service (the Fairbanks Center);
- Local Refuse Agreements.
In addition to attending the University of West Virginia, Rick has the following certificates from the George Meany Center for Labor Studies:
- Craft of Negotiating
- Negotiating and Writing Contract Language
- Organizing in the Construction Industry
- Mutual Gains and Interest Based Bargaining
- Multiple Certificates from the International Foundation for Jointly Managed Training and Education Funds
Rick comes from a family of members dedicated to Labor, including his father, Richard Boyles (Principal Officer for Local 789 for 13 years), grandfather, Tony Zabolotny (45-year member of the United Mine Workers), four uncles who were also members of the UMW; and grandfather, Carson Boyles (Union member and Principal Officer of Fairmont Painters Local for 35 years).