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February 25, 2018

On This Day in 1940

Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land” following a frigid trip—partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail—from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” and resolved to himself: “We can’t just bless America, we’ve got to change it”.
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Officers & Staff Info
President/Business Agent
Denis Taylor

   Denis served six years in the U.S. Army, before becoming a member of Local 355 in 1979 while employed as a driver at United Parcel Service. In 1982, he was elected by his coworkers as shop steward.
   He was Sargeant-at-Arms for Local 355 in 1983, and Recording Secretary for the Local in 1988. In 1991 Denis became a local business agent. He was subsequently elected president and principal officer in 1994, a position he has held since. 

  • President Teamsters Joint Council #62: 1998-Present
  • Teamsters International Representative: 2000-Present
  • Teamsters Trade Show & Convention Center Division Director: 2014-Present
  • Teamsters International Trustee: 2016
  • Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee: 2002, 2007, 2012
  • Local 355 Pension Fund Trustee: 2006-Present
  • UPS Atlantic Area Negotiating Committee: 1993-2017
  • Teamsters Package Division Director: 2017 - 

Contact Denis at 410-566-5700.

Secretary-Treasurer/Business Agent
David White

   Dave originally joined the Teamsters Union in 1967 while employed at Montgomery Ward, and became a member of Local 355 in 1980 while employed as a driver for B. Green & Co. In 1983, Dave became shop steward for Green's transportation department, a position he held until 1993. 
   In 1994, Dave was elected Local 355 Secretary-Treasurer, a position he holds today.

  • Local 355 Health & Welfare Fund Labor Trustee: Chairman 1994-Present
  • Local 355 Pension Fund Labor Trustee: 1994-Present
  • Local 355 Legal Fund Labor Trustee: 1994-Present
  • Eastern Shore Teamsters Pension Fund Labor Trustee: 1998-Present  

Dave represents members at Acme Paper, Amtote, and Packaging Corporation of America (PCA).

Contact Dave at 410-566-5700.

Vice President/Business Agent
Bill Alexander

   Bill joined the Teamsters Union in 1973 while employed as a driver for Anchor Motor Freight. He was elected in 1986 shop steward by his coworkers at New Penn, serving in that capacity until 1997, when he was elected vice president of Teamsters Local 557. Bill was elected president of Local 557 in 2002 and served until Local 557 merged with Local 355 in 2005, at which time he became Local 355's recording secretary. In December 2015, the Local Executive Board appointed Bill to the office of vice president upon the retirement of Vice President Ervin Williams. Additional career highlights include:

  • Member, Maryland-D.C. Supplemental Negotiating Committee: 2002-Present   
  • Member, National Master Automobile Transporters Negotiating Committee: 2007-Present
  • Eastern Area Supplemental Negotiating Committee: 2002-Present
  • Teamsters Local 557 Pension Fund Labor Trustee, Chairman: 2002 - Present  

   Bill represents members in Freight and Car Haul at the following companies:

ABF Freight
New Penn Motor Express
YRC Freight

Annapolis Junction Rail Solutions
Cassens Transport Company
Jack Cooper Transport Company

Recording Secretary/Business Agent
Mark Garey

   Mark originally joined the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 557 in 1993 as a driver in the freight industry. He was a shop steward at USF Redstar. He became a recording secretary for Local 557 in 2002, then secretary-treasurer in 2003.
    In 2006, Mark joined Local 355 staff as a business agent. In December 2015, the Local Executive Board appointed him Local 355 recording secretary.

   Mark represents members in the Freight, Small Package, Car Rental and Airport Services Industries at the following companies: 

UPS Freight DHL Express
Avis Car Rental Hertz Car Rental
First Transit Adell Plastics
Budget Car Rental Signature Flight/ASIG

Contact Mark at 410-566-5700

Janet Genovese

   Janet joined Teamsters 355 when she started working at UPS part-time as a driver's helper. She was elected shop steward in 1997, and with the exception of one term, has been a shop steward since. In 2001, she became a full-time UPS employee working in the warehouse.
   Janet became a trustee in 2007, becoming the first woman ever to be elected to the 355 executive board. She attended the 2007 Woman's Conference.

Timothy Marvel

   Tim is a fifth-generation trade unionist who joined Local 355 in 1991 as a part timer for UPS while attending Towson State University. After graduating, he chose to go full-time with UPS as a package car driver, a position he holds today. He became a shop steward in 2003, working under the tutelage of former trustee Don Riley. He was elected trustee in 2008 following the retirement of trustee Ralph Boarman.

Chris Greene
Chris became a Teamster in 1993 when he went to work for Sysco in Jessup, Maryland. He has been a shop steward since 2001. In September 2017, he was appointed trustee to fill a vacancy on the Executive Board. 

Business Agent
Chip Elgert

   While employed as a helper at The Kronheim Company, Lloyd "Chip" Elgert joined Local 355 in 1966 and served on the negotiation committee there in 1970. Chip went on to become a driver and shop steward for Liquid Carbonic Corporation from 1970 until 1997.
   Chip became Local 355 Sargeant at Arms in 1990 serving in that capacity until 1997 when he became a Local 355 business agent.
   Chip represents members in the Gas, Chemical, Dry Ice, Spirit & Fine Wine, Duty-Free Distribution, Truck Maintenance, Wholesale Maintenance Supply, Bakery Distribution, and Film Production industries at the following companies:

AirGas East Bakers Express
Capitol Carbonic Delmarva Carbonic
Dry Ice Corporation Nu-Star Energy
Mid-Atlantic Baking Movie Industry
Penske Truck Leasing RNDC


Contact Chip at 410-566-5700

Business Agent
John Caparatta

   John originally joined the Teamsters Union in 1986 and became a member of Local 355 in 1990 while employed as a driver for Burris Foods. In 1993, he signed on as a shop steward and served in that capacity until he joined the Local 355 staff as a business agent in 1999.
   John represents members in the Airline, Bakery, Building Materials and Construction, Foodservice, Food Processing, Industrial Trades, Transportation and Warehouse industries at the following companies:

Burris Foods Mountaire Farms
RAPA Piedmont Airlines
Stroehmann Bakeries Penn Fibre Plastics
Allen Harim Foods Kraft/Heinz


Contact John at 410-742-3144

Business Agent
Jim Deene

   A driver for U.S. Foodservice, Jim joined Local 355 as a member in April 1992 and was a shop steward from 1997 until 2002 when he became a business agent for Local 355, a position he holds today.
   Jim represents members in the  Foodservice Industry, Newspaper Industry, Automobile Processing, Feed and Chemical Processing, and Building Supply at the following employers:

Allied Bindery Allied Bindery
Amports Sysco
Baltimore Sun drivers, pressmen Wall Street Journal
Dow Jones Westway Feed


Contact Jim at 410-566-5700

Business Agent
Marcus Smith

   Marcus became a member of Local 355 in 1984 while employed as a warehouseman for B. Green & Co. The following year he was elected warehouse shop steward. In 1993, when Marcus began work for Mountainside Transportation, he signed on as a dockmen/loader shop steward, then in 1995 went on to be a warehouse shop steward at Sysco Food Service. In 1999, Marcus became a business agent for Local 355, a position he holds today.
   Marcus represents members employed in the Foodservice, Paper Supply, Transportation and Property Management industries at the following companies:

Belair Produce Bond Street
Holly Poultry Leonard Paper
Perishable Deliveries Penske/Halpens
Old Line Custom Meats Rezenberger
TransDev J.W. Treuth


Contact Marcus at 410-566-5700

Business Agent
Dan Taylor

   Dan first became a union member in 1967 when he joined Steamfitters Local 602. From 1988 to 1991 he was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 99 in Washington D.C.
   Beginning in 1991 and for the next eleven years, Dan worked for labor unions, including the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) District 4 (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia); District 14 (Washington, D.C.); the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Chairman's Office, Washington, D.C.; the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (with Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads); and the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (with Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads).
   In 2002, Dan served as a business agent for Teamster Local 103, and in 2004 he joined the staff of Local 355 as a business agent, a position he holds today.

Dan represents members in the public sector in the following divisions:

Anne Arundel County Sheriffs Bowie and Coppin State Colleges
Anne Arundel County Detention Ctr Maryland Transportation Authority
Anne Arundel County Park Rangers State Dept. Health & Mental Hygiene
Anne Arundel County Fire Battalion Chiefs

Contact Dan at 410-566-5700

Business Agent
Eric Wood

   While employed as a sorter at United Parcel Service Quad Avenue, Eric became a member of Local 355 in 1990. In 1994 he became a full-time delivery driver and served as shop steward from 1997 through 2005. Eric was a feeder driver from 2005 until 2006, when he became a business agent for Local 355.
   In 2017 Eric was appointed to serve on the UPS Atlantic-Area Negotiating Committee.

   Eric represents members at the following locations:

UPS Baltimore: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

UPS BWI Airport: Plane Crew, Sort

UPS Easton: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

UPS Salisbury: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

UPS Harrington: Sort, Pre-Load, Delivery

Contact Eric at 410-566-5700

Ed Mulford III

   Ed joined Local 355 in 1991 when he signed on as a driver at Sysco. In 1994, he went to work for U.S. Foodservice and was elected shop steward in 1997. In 2006 served as an alternate delegate to the 2006 IBT Convention in Las Vegas. Appointed to the local executive board as a trustee, Ed was elected to the position in 2008. In May 2015, Ed joined the staff as a full-time organizer.

Business Agent
Mike Petro

Mike Petro began working for UPS in the Preload Dept. at the Quad Avenue facility in 1990, became a full-time driver in 1994, and was elected shop steward in 2006. He served as an alternate delegate at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention in 2011. Mike joined the Local 355 staff as a business agent in 2016.

Mike represents members employed at

UPS/Quad Ave (Local Sort, Preload, and Delivery)
UPS/Hunt Valley (Local Sort, Preload, and Delivery)

Contact Mike at 410-566-5700.

Office Manager
Gina Brown

Gina is administrative assistant to the principle officer, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Local.

Contact Gina at 410-566-5700

Administrative Support/ Salisbury
Carolyn Littleton

Carolyn is the Titan system operator handling membership and dues administation at the Salisbury office.

Contact Carolyn at 410-742-3144

Administrative Support/ Baltimore
Bonnie Hall

Bonnie is a Titan system operator handling membership and dues administation at the Baltimore office

Contact Bonnie at 410-566-5700

Administrative Support/ Baltimore
Jesse Taylor

Jesse is a Titan system operator handling membership and dues administation at the Baltimore office.

Contact Jesse at 410-566-5700

Credit Union Manager
Rose Queen

Rose manages Local 355's Maryland Federal Credit Union in Baltimore. 

Contact Rose at 410-566-5700

General Membership Meetings
Baltimore: March 4, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
March 11, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
The Salisbury meeting will be held
at the Hampton Inn Salisbury,
121 East Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801

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