January 10, 2009: Teamsters in Las Vegas and Buffalo have new officers in 2009.
In Las Vegas Local 631, members voted in a slate led by Kevin Hardison and John Phillipenas. The local represents 6,500 Teamsters at UPS and in freight, waste, convention services, and more.
Earlier this year, members in the Las Vegas convention industry blew the whistle on a scheme where the union set up a nonunion hiring hall inside the union hall.
The membership in Buffalo Local 375 voted for change in their recent election. Mike Wach, a city driver out of New Penn, and his entire slate won office. The local represents freight Teamsters, as well as over 400 ambulance drivers and EMTs at Rural/Metro. These Teamsters have been involved in a months-long contract dispute that has gone to a federal mediator.