Today in 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor reports employers slashed 533,000 jobs the month before — the most in 34 years — as the Great Recession surged.
~ Labor Tribune
Mark originally joined the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 557 in 1993 as a freight industry driver. 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 the Local 355 staff as a business agent. In 2016, he was appointed Local 355 recording secretary by the Local Executive Board, and in May 2023, the Local Executive Board appointed Mark to the office of president upon the June 1st retirement of Denis Taylor.
Mark represents members in the Freight, Small Package, Car Rental, and Airport Services Industries at the following companies:
Avis Budget Group
Hertz Car Rental
Contact Mark at Local 355 at 410-566-5700, Ext. 114, or his cell at 443-631-1415
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.
Contact Dave at 410-566-5700, Ext. 124
Bill joined the Teamsters Union in 1973 while employed as a driver for Anchor Motor Freight. In 1986, he was elected 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. In 2005, Local 557 merged with Local 355, and Bill became Local 355's Recording Secretary. In December 2015, upon the retirement of Vice President Ervin Williams, the Local Executive Board appointed Bill to the office of Vice President. Additional career highlights include:
Bill represents members in the Freight and Carhaul industries at the following companies:
New Penn Motor Express
Auto Warehousing Co., Inc.
Cassens Transport Company
Contact Bill at 410-566-5700, Ext. 110
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 at
UPS Quad Ave.
Contact Mike at 410-566-5700, Ext. 127, or on his cell at 443-800-4638
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, 2021, and 2022 Woman's Conferences.
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:
Penn Fibre Plastics
Allen Harim Foods
Contact John at 410-566-5700, Ext. 150
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 1970-1997.
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:
Dry Ice Corp.
Penske Truck Leasing
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
Contact Chip at the Local at 410-566-5700, Ext. 113, or on his cell at 443-794-5450
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 a 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 Feeders
Contact Eric at the Local at 410-566-5700 Ext. 112, or on his cell at 443-851-7237
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 Local 355 staff.
Contact Ed at 410-566-5700, Ext. 126
John began his trucking career as a truck helper in 1986 for The Kronheim Co. In 1989 he joined the Teamsters when he went to work with Reliable Liquors as a driver. He was elected shop steward in 1996, a position he held up until the company closed in February 2002. A month later, John gained employment as a driver with Praxair. He was again elected as a shop steward and worked through April 2008, when Praxair closed its doors.
In August 2008, John went to work for Giant Food as a driver for the local pharmaceutical distribution center, where he was elected shop steward and Lead Driver. But in 2016, Giant Food decided to shutter its pharmaceutical division, putting John and his coworkers out of a job. John quickly went to work as a Baltimore Sun driver and, the following year, also signed on with DHL as a part-timer.
Throughout 2017, John worked both jobs until he went full-time with DHL. He remained at DHL until he joined the Local 355 staff as a Business Agent in 2018.
*Sergeant at Arms 1997-2018
*Alternate Delegate at the 2001 IBT Convention
*Sergeant at Arms at the 2006 IBT Convention
*Delegate at the 2016 IBT Convention
*Maryland LERA President 2022-2023
John represents members at:
Old Line Custom Meat Company (drivers)
Linde Dry Ice Center
Allied Binding Co., Inc
J.W. Treuth (drivers)
Baltimore Sun (drivers)
Dow Jones & Company (pressmen)
Contact John at 41o-566-5700, Ext. 128
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. He became a shop steward in 2003, working under the tutelage of former trustee Don Riley. He was elected Local 355 Trustee in 2008.
In January 2020, Tim joined the Local 355 staff as a business agent.
Tim represents employees at
UPS Baltimore Package
UPS Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Contact Tim at 410-566-5700, Ext. 123
Committed to his passion for the labor movement, Scott received a degree in labor relations at the University of Maryland. He worked for the AFL-CIO, assigned to organizing drives and contract negotiations for units of various sizes and crafts across the country. In 1993, Scott went to work as organizing director for a Teamsters Local in New York, where he helped grow the local union through organizing, mergers, and affiliations in the private and public sectors. He returned to Maryland in 2014 when he accepted an offer from the Teamsters to join its D.C. Headquarters staff, assisting locals around the country with their organizing campaigns and contract negotiations. In 2022, he transitioned from the Teamsters Headquarters and joined the Local 355 team.
Scott represents members employed at:
Avis Budget Group
Hertz Car Rental
First Transit/ BWI
Signature Flight Support
Anne Arundel County Fire Battalion Chiefs
Anne Arundel County Park Rangers
Anne Arundel County Corrections Program Specialists
Anne Arundel County 911 Operators
State of Maryland: MTA; Dept. Health & Mental Hygiene
Contact Scott at Local 355 at 410-566-5700, Ext. 122, or on his cell at 716-913-1636
Felix, a third-generation Teamster, joined the union in 1995 when he went to work at UPS as a preloader. He became a full-time Package car driver in 2000, working out of the Hunt Valley facility. In January 2020, Felix was appointed shop steward. He joined the Local 355 staff in October 2022.
Felix represents UPS employees at:
UPS Hunt Valley
UPS Baltimore - Day Hub
UPS Baltimore - Twi
UPS Baltimore - Night
Contact Felix at 410-566-5700, Ext. 129
Gina is the principal officer's administrative assistant and manages the Local's day-to-day operations.
Contact Gina at 410-566-5700 Ext. 125
Jessica is a Titan system operator handling membership and dues administration at the Baltimore office.
Contact Jessica at 410-566-5700
Pat manages the office and the accounts of Local 355 members enrolled in the Maryland Federal Credit Union. The credit union is open Monday thru Friday, 9 am – 3 pm.
Contact Pat at 410-566-5700 ext. 119. The fax number is 410-566-1485.
General Membership Meetings:
Baltimore - Dec. 3 @ 10 a.m.
Salisbury - Dec. 17 @ 10 a.m.
Please be present and on time.
And bring a coworker!