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May 18, 2024

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Twelve Starbucks baristas in a midtown Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies.  ~ Labor Tribune

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Officers & Staff
President/Business Agent
Mark Garey


   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: 

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

Contact Mark at Local 355 at 410-566-5700, Ext. 114, or his cell at 443-631-1415




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  

Contact Dave at 410-566-5700, Ext. 124




Vice President/Business Agent
Bill Alexander


   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:

  • 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 the Freight and Carhaul industries at the following companies:

Freight
ABF Freight
New Penn Motor Express
YRC Freight


Carhaul
Auto Warehousing Co., Inc.
Cassens Transport Company

Contact Bill at 410-566-5700, Ext. 110




Recording Secretary/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 was appointed Local 355 Recording Secretary in May 2023 by the Local Executive Board.

Mike represents members at

UPS Aberdeen
UPS Quad Ave.

Contact Mike at 410-566-5700, Ext. 127, or on his cell at 443-800-4638




Trustee/Sysco
Chris Greene


   Chris first became a union member in the 1970s when he joined Cement Masons' Local 43 in Baltimore, Md. He joined Local 355 in 1987 when he went to work for B. Green Wholesale, also in Baltimore. In 1993, Chris signed on as a driver for foods distributor, Sysco Baltimore, Jessup, Md., and has been a shop steward since 2001.
   He was appointed a Local 355 trustee in September 2017 to fill a vacancy on the Executive Board.



Trustee
Dale Pink


    In September of 1989 when Dale started with UPS in Harrington, DE as a part-time local sorter, his career goal was law enforcement. In September 1999, he was tapped to be a supervisor on the local sorters. He accepted the part-time position because it allowed him to continue working toward an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Delaware Tech & County College in Georgetown, DE.
    In March 1996, Dale took a full-time package driver position and rejoined the Teamsters, thinking he’d stay until he found a job as a police officer. He received his degree but he stayed with UPS and in July 2017, Dale was voted in as a shop steward at the Harrington, Delaware facility.
   Dale was appointed a Local 355 trustee in March 2020 to fill a vacancy on the Executive Board.



Trustee/UPS
Crystal Winterling


   In March 2024, UPS driver Crystal Winterling was unanimously selected by the Local Executive Board to fill a vacancy on the Board following the retirement of a long-serving member. 

   Crystal began working in October 2015 as a seasonal driver at UPS Quad Avenue, Baltimore. She was hired as a permanent employee in October 2016 and the following year, she won a full-time driving bid. In October 2019, Crystal joined Local 355's strong roster of UPS shop stewards. 




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:

Harrington Logistics
RAPA
Piedmont Airlines
Stroehmann Bakeries
Penn Fibre Plastics
Allen Harim Foods
Kraft/Heinz
ALSCO

Contact John at 410-566-5700, Ext. 150




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 1970-1997.
   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.
Mid-Atlantic Baking
Matheson Tri-Gas

Penske Truck Leasing
Baker's Express
Sunoco
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
Movie Industry

Contact Chip at the Local at 410-566-5700, Ext. 113, or on his cell at 443-794-5450




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 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
UPS Easton
UPS Salisbury
UPS Harrington

Contact Eric at the Local at 410-566-5700 Ext. 112, or on his cell at 443-851-7237




Organizer/Business Agent
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 Local 355 staff.

Horseshoe Casino
Sysco

Westway Feed
Contanda
Perishable Delivery
Bond Street
Renzenberger
Belair Produce
TransDev
US Foods/Manassas
US Foods/Harrington

 

Contact Ed at 410-566-5700, Ext. 126




Business Agent
John Moylan


   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:

Capital Carbonic
Holly Poultry
Old Line Custom Meat Company (drivers)
Penske Logistics/Halperns'
Linde Dry Ice Center
Allied Binding Co., Inc
Amports
J.W. Treuth (drivers)
Baltimore Sun (drivers)
Dow Jones & Company (pressmen)

Contact John at 41o-566-5700, Ext. 128




Business Agent
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. 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




Business Agent
Scott Chismar


     In 1983, Scott was 16 years old and working at Safeway when he got his first union card with the United Food and Commercial Workers. He wasted no time jumping into labor activism: Scott became a shop steward and signed up for UFCW’s volunteer organizing program, where he learned how to bring other workers into the union.

     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
Adell Plastics

TransDev
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




Business Agent
Felix Guinto


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




Office Manager
Gina Brown


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




Administrative Support/ Baltimore
Jessica Taylor


Jessica is a Titan system operator handling membership and dues administration at the Baltimore office.

Contact Jessica at 410-566-5700




Credit Union Manager
Pat Boulter


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.





 
 
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