TEAMSTERS LOCAL 533
NORTHERN NEVADA/NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA

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Teamsters Union donates $34,782.70 to Reno vocational high school



STUDENT BODY — Paul Tea, Teamsters Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer, center, hands the union's check for almost $35,000 to Leigh Berdrow, Director of Ace High School. Union President Frank Thurston stands at right. Towering over the students at left rear in the yellow hard hat is Tom Larsen, Ace building trades instructor. (This story has been picked up by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Magazine. It also made the front page of the Reno Gazette-Journal.)

RENO, Nev.(Media advance for Tuesday 9-28-2010 11:00 a.m. PDT) — This Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Academy for Career Education, better known as ACE High School, will receive a $34,782.70 donation from Teamsters Local 533.

The presentation will take place at a house under construction by students in southeast Reno at 4929 Hombre Drive, across the street from Donner Springs Elementary School.

The donation comes from a joint labor-management trust fund administered by the union and the Associated General Contractors.

"ACE High School is a very valuable community asset. We consider it the perfect place to make an investment in the future of the region," stated Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer Paul Tea.

The charter high school is funded by contributions from the public, organizations and the State of Nevada in the same per-pupil amount received by local school districts. Students receive a standard four-year high school curriculum with the addition of training in diesel mechanics, construction, drafting and design.

"The average age of a construction worker is now past 40 and edging upward," Tea stated.

"ACE High School brings new talent into the trades," he noted.

The school graduated its first class in 2003. Its average class size is 20.1 students. From 2003 to 2009, 52 percent of its graduates found employment in the construction industry. One in three of those entered apprenticeship programs. Twenty-nine percent of graduates have gone on to college, seven percent volunteered for military service and 12 percent found positions in other fields.

Building trades students may also earn up to 13 college credits toward a construction management degree at Truckee Meadows Community College. The school's goal is to graduate individuals with the ability to pursue post-secondary training in any construction field.

Students will be at work on the Hombre Drive house this Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon.

When completed, it will be put on the market with the proceeds going toward future programs. Six homes built by the students since 2003 have brought more than $1.5 million to the school.

Teamsters Local 533 represents 2,300 workers at a wide range of public and private sector organizations throughout northern Nevada and eastern California. The union's jurisdiction covers 180,000 square miles from Bishop, Calif., to Tonopah and Ely, Nev., on the south; Cedarville, Calif., to the northwest and the Nevada/Idaho/Utah border to the east.


More information
Paul Tea
Teamsters Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer
(775) 348-6060 ext. 18
NevadaLabor.com/UNews/ibt533x.html

Academy for Career Education (ACE High School)
Leigh Berdrow, Director
(775) 324-9000
AceHighSchool.org

AIRBORNE — Veteran northern Nevada newsman Ed Pearce of ABC affiliate KOLO TV-8 interviews Teamsters Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer Paul Tea about the union's $35,000 donation to the Ace vocational high school. Union President Frank Thurston stands at right. (This story has been picked up by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Magazine. It also made the front page of the Reno Gazette-Journal.)


Teamsters Local 533 members sweep top awards in transit safety competition

UPDATE — This story has been picked up by Teamster Magazine, the international union's publication

Sparks, Nev. (April 11, 2010) — Drivers from Teamsters Local 533 swept the top awards in the annual Wild West Roadeo bus safety competition held on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks.

The union was the principal sponsor of this year's safety event in which professional drivers compete by running obstacle courses and showing their skills in maneuvering competition.

FOUR-PEAT HIGH FIVE — IBT 533 master operator Rex Schrock celebrates his fourth consecutive Roadeo championship, qualifying him for another trip to the nationals. (Photo: Andrew Barbano/NevadaLabor.com) [MORE AT THE 2010 IBT 533 ROADEO PHOTO GALLERY]

For the fourth year in a row, RTC Ride driver Rex Schrock won the Grand Champion Award, automatically qualifying him to advance to nationals.

His score of 518 points topped all competitors. The 12-year RTC veteran also took home $1,000 in first place money for winning the Best of Transit trophy.

Schrock then got icing for his cake on an icy afternoon by winning $257 in a cash raffle drawing.

He will drive in the American Public Transit Association national competition for the fourth consecutive time. His best finish came in 2007 when he took 14th place. This year's event takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, April 30 through May 5.

Teamsters Felipe Tango (486 points) and Gerald Waters (421 points) took second and third place money in the Best of Transit category, $500 and $250, respectively. All three drive for RTC Ride, the
Sparks-Reno-Washoe County public transportation system.

Drivers navigated their 19-ton vehicles between tiny tennis balls aligned for parking, orange barrels for precision in narrow spaces and other maneuvers designed to test safety skills.

"Teamsters Local 533 was proud to step in to help fund the event when other sources of money dried up this year," stated union Secretary-Treasurer Paul Tea.

Fifty-eight contestants signed up in addition to Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, who told reporters that he once drove buses in college.

Hizzoner then proceeded to flatten an innocent plastic orange cone which has reportedly retained legal counsel in order to apply for permanent disability.

The windblown afternoon crowd was warmed by the music of Roadkill, an eight-member all-Teamsters retro rock band. Earlier in the day, attendees were entertained by the Sierra Express rock band and "standby comedian" Doug Webring, who is also a Teamsters member and RTC Ride transit operator. [UPDATE: Roadkill featured on Teamsters international website and magazine.]

Schrock won the Grand Champion Award by outscoring Best of Charter winner Tommy Parker (352 points) of Reno who drives for Amador Stage Lines. Amador is not a union signatory company.

Teamsters Local 533 represents 2,300 workers at a wide range of public and private sector organizations throughout northern Nevada and eastern California.

The union's jurisdiction covers 180,000 square miles from Bishop, Calif., to Tonopah and Ely, Nev., on the south; Cedarville, Calif., to the northwest and the Nevada/Idaho/Utah border to the east.

UPDATE — This story has been picked up by Teamster Magazine, the international union's publication

Teamsters dominate Roadeo bus safety competition

Daily Sparks Tribune interview with George Thrower

4-12-2010

(Photo: Andrew Barbano/NevadaLabor.com)

SEE MUCH MORE AT THE 2010 IBT ROADEO PHOTO GALLERY

 

In the News
Teamsters win affliation of Washoe County Airport Employees Association
Reno News & Review 4-15-2010

Reno-Sparks-Tahoe+Stead airport support workers vote to affiliate with Teamsters Local 533
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

TEAMING UP. On the Ides of March, a group of 95 workers at both Stead and Reno-Sparks-Tahoe International airports voted to affiliate with Teamsters Local 533. They had been a solo union for 31 years but felt they needed Teamsters representational experience. For more information, contact Teamsters Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer Paul Tea at 775-348-6060, ext. 18.

CELEBRATION AT THE TEAMSTERS HALL (March 15, 2010) — Members of the Airport Authority Employees Association pause to pose immediately after their positive vote to affiliate with Teamsters Union Local 533. Front row, left to right, IBT 533 office administrator/dispatcher Lynnelle Koski, bookkeeper Lori Pittard, AAEA members Raymond Saldana and Cory Hernandez. Back row, left to right, AAEA member Tod Spicher, Local 533 President and Organizer Frank Thurston, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer Paul Tea, Vice-president and Human Rights Coordinator George Thrower, AAEC members Scott Dewhirst and John Patterson. The workers perform a wide range of services including maintenance, custodial, parking, dispatch and security at both airports. AAEC acted as an unaffiliated union for 31 years prior to its new Teamsters linkage.(Photo: Andrew Barbano/NevadaLabor.com)


TEAMSTERS LOCAL 533 ARCHIVES

Teamsters 2009

2008-09 Teamsters RTC/Ride negotiations
Links to 14-year Teamsters news-photo-strike archives

Teamsters 2008

Teamsters 2006

Teamsters 2005

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