Teamsters Local 929 News and Events


I had the opportunity to speak to Govenor Wolf up in Harrisburg about keeping the Liquor in Philadelphia.I also speak to him about the $3 hundred million dollar port expansion project which will create in the near future, many union family substaining jobs in the area.


On Tuesday, May 29, 2018 PhilaPort and government officials formally welcomed the first of five-new super post-Panamax cranes to Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

As part of the Port Development Plan, the cranes are a huge milestone for the Port and the arrival of the next three is highly anticipated. We thank Governor Wolf and all those who have supported our Port.

Teamsters Local 929 Members stand to benefit when the cranes become fully operational. Many of our companies rely on the Ports ability to off-load cargo that is delivered to their warehouses and then to their customers.


On Tuesday Teamsters Local 929 gave Senator Casey a tour of the Regional Produce Cooperative Corporation, "The Food Center". The Senator had time to visit with the Local 929 Members and a few of the store owners.


On Saturday April 28th Teamsters Local 929 sponsored an event "Sound the Alarm". This is a program that the Red Cross has in place to install smoke detectors in homes. The Red Cross proposes to install 1 million smoke detectors in homes across the country in 2018. The April 28th event was the kick-off of the program in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Teamster Local 929 Members paired up with Volunteers from the Red Cross and Philadelphia Firefighters and went to homes in the neighborhood of the Union Hall. In all , over 50 Teamsters Local 929 Members made up 19 teams to hit the streets. We were able to install 167 smoke detectors in over 100 homes on Saturday. It was a great day !!


The Executive Board of the Teamsters Local 929 approved the establishment of the Teamsters Local 929 Scholarship Fund in order to support and encourage the children and dependents of Teamsters Local 929 work community to pursue post-secondary college and vocation school training. Applicants for the Scholarship must be: The child or dependent of an active Teamsters Local 929 member who had at least 12 months of consecutive membership in good standing, the child or dependent of a member in good standing during the 12 months preceding the application deadline or, if retired or deceased, the member must have been in good standing for the 12 months preceding his/her retirement or death. The parent cannot be a current officer or employee of the Local Union, currently in their last year of high school, and/or; plan to attend or are attending an accredited college, university or vocational school. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis or academic achievement and personal qualifications as determined by the independent Selection Committee of educators and community members. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS July 15, 2018. You can download the application by clicking here.

The applications for the 2018 Local 929 Scholarship Fund are due in by July 15, 2018. These are the 2017 winners:

Teamsters Local 929 Scholarship

2017 Awards

On August 18, 2017 Local 929 awarded six (6) $800.00 Scholarships and four (4) $400.00 consolation Scholarships. This marks the sixth year of the scholarship fund. In 2012, Teamsters Local 929 set up this Scholarship Fund to help defray the rising costs of secondary education that our Members' families are experiencing. This Scholarship Fund is open to all Local 929 family members.

Teamsters Local 929 congratulates all the winners and wishes them success in their future.

Winners of a $800.00 Scholarship

Mia Dang, attending Penn State University.

Mother - Hong Pham, employed by Fresh Express.

Gia Citrino,. attending LaSalle University

Father - Dave Citrino, employed by Red Cross.

Afrah Mohamednur, attending Penn State University

Mother - Fatma Ibrahim, employed by Fresh Express.

Donald Chandler Jr., attending LaSalle University

Mother - Kelly Muth, employed by Port Richmond Thriftway

Dana Albanese attending St Josephs University

Father Ed Albanese, employed by Vassallo Co.

Christian Boccelli attending Widener University

Father - Michael Boccelli, employed by E. W. Kean

Winners of a $400.00 Scholarship

Arren Boyd attending Community. College of Philadelphia.

Mother Chena Saunders, employed by Bon Appetit Food Service at the U of Penn

Solomon Fields, attending Temple University

Mother - Rose Fields employed by TUCS Services

Lamirah Coleman, attending Cheyney University

Grandmother - Rochelle Giles, employed by TUCS Services

Note: Scholarship applications are available in may each calendar year. Application deadline is July 15th the same year.

Return completed applications to:

Teamsters Local 929 Scholarship Fund

4345 Frankford Ave.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19124


Rocky Bryan Jr. had the opportunity to meet Vice President Joe Biden. Rocky had a chance to speak with him on his views where the Country is headed under Trump's Presidency


On January 7, 2013, Teamsters Local 929 Executive Board was sworn into Office by IBT Vice-President Bill Hamilton. Pictured above are (left to right): John Bryan, John Preston, Gerald Williams, Rocky Bryan Jr., Tony Polis, Daisy Rivera, and Crystal Durant.


On November 10, 2012 Teamsters Local 929 held their second annual Shop Steward Seminar. In attendance were many of the Stewards representing their fellow employees at various companies under contract with Teamsters Local 929. President Rocky Bryan Jr. presided over the event. Guest speakers discussed the importance of the Shop Steward position in the Union.


IBT International Vice President William Hamilton informed the Stewards how important their position is with the Union. We, as a Union, stood United in the recent election. Stewards were very active getting the word out to their Members that we won't support the Politicians who don't support the Union Movement.


Barbara Lichtman, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, spoke on the importance of the Steward position. Barbara also advised the Stewards on the Mediation process. Preparation and attention to detail will assist Stewards towards a positive outcome of a mediation.


Mike Clark, IBT Representative, spoke on the importance of Stewards being active in the Union. Organizing is the key to success of the Local. Many Stewards are in contact with employees who work at non-Union jobs, reach out and let them understand the value that Union Membership brings to you and your families.


Lance Geren, Partner with Freedman and Lorry Law Firm, instructed the Stewards on how to become an effective Shop Steward. Lance created a comprehensive booklet outlining the procedures a Steward needs to apply , while representing their fellow employees. Lance offered instructions to the Stewards on how to enforce the collective agreement and how to present a grievance.


On August 20, 2012 Local 929 awarded three (3) $1,000.00 Scholarships.
Teamsters Local 929 set up this Scholarship Fund to help defray the rising costs of secondary education that our Members' families are experiencing. This Scholarship Fund is open to all Local 929 family members. The three recipients (posts below) were chosen on their individual merits from a pool of applicants.
Local 929 congratulates the winners and  wishes them success in their future.

Congratulations to Frank Palazzo Jr., son of Frank Palazzo Sr. who works for Ambrogi Foods. Frank Jr. was awarded $1,000.00 from the Local 929 Scholarship Fund.


Congratulations to Karl Hayes Jr., son of Karl Hayes Sr. who works for
Charles Ritter Foods. Frank Jr. was awarded
$1,000.00 from the Local 929 Scholarship Fund.


Congratulations to Dominic Leo Jr., son of Dominic Leo Sr. who works for
Procacci Bros. Produce at the Philadelphia Produce Center.  
Dominic Jr. was awarded $1,000.00 from the Local 929 Scholarship Fund.


Pictured above are President Rocky Bryan Jr. and IBT V.P. William Hamilton
discussing the PLCB Contract with Governor Tom Corbett.

Recently Local 929 President Rocky Bryan Jr. was in Harrisburg to gather information on the Pa. Liquor Control Board's (PLCB) request for bids to distribute the liquor to the State Stores in Pa. IBT Vice-President William Hamilton was present for the meeting. They had the opportunity to discuss the request for bids from the PLCB with Pa. Governor Corbett. XTL Inc. is the current distributor in the South Eastern area of Pa. and is under contract with Local 929.

Teamsters Local 929, with the assistance of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington D.C., is aggressively campaigning to keep the distribution for the PLCB in the Philadelphia area and protecting our Members jobs.


Hamilton Takes Oath of Office for Teamsters International Vice President
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012

Re-elected General Executive Board Member Sworn In, Begins New Five-Year Term

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-US Newswire/ -- Pennsylvania Teamster leader William Hamilton joined Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall and the newly elected International Vice Presidents and Trustees as they were sworn in today to five-year terms on the union's General Executive Board.
The Hoffa-Hall slate won the 2011 IBT International Officer Election by a wide margin in November. The election results were certified on Jan. 6. Hoffa took office in March 1999 and won re-election in 2001 and 2006. Under his stewardship, the Teamsters Union has regained its place as the strongest labor union in North America.
"I look forward to continuing the great work Bill and I have done over the years," Hoffa said. "He is a true champion for working families. We have accomplished so much as a union since 1999, but our work is not done. Workers are under attack in this country and unions are the only ones standing up for people with no voice. With the support of strong leaders like Bill and the entire General Executive Board, the Teamsters Union will continue to lead the fight to protect the middle class and the American dream."
Hamilton was sworn in as an Eastern Region International Vice President, a position he has held since 2008. He is also the President of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Joint Council 53 and Local 107 in Philadelphia, and Trustee and Co-Chairman of the Health, Welfare and Pension Fund of Philadelphia. He has been a Teamster since 1966.
"I am honored to receive another opportunity to serve on the General Executive Board," Hamilton said. "The Teamsters Union is the strongest voice for working families in North America, and we must continue the fight to protect the middle class."


Teamsters Local 929 Selected For "25 Labor Unions"

Teamsters Local 929 of Philadelphia, PA has been honored with a recognition by Philadelphia Business Journal in its selection of "25 Labor Unions."
Appearing in the April, 2011 issue of Philadelphia Business Journal published by American City Business Journals. Teamsters Local 929 was selected for the following honor:
"25 Labor Unions"
President Rocky Bryan , President of Teamsters Local 929 commented on the recognition: "This is quite an honor for us. The fact that Philadelphia Business Journal included Teamsters Local 929 in its selection of "25 Labor Unions," signals that our constant efforts towards business excellence are paying off. We are proud to be included in this recognition."


For more information on Teamsters Local 929, located in Philadelphia, PA please call 215-288-1430.
On the Web: TeamstersLocal929.Org
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Teamsters Local 929 Scholarship Fund

     Teamsters Local 929 is proud to announce that Scholarships were awarded to our Members children. Three $500.00 scholarships were awarded and four $100.00 conciliation awards were given out. President Bryan said, "It gives us great pleasure to be able to support these young recipients in their educational pursuits". This is the first year for the Scholarship Fund and Local 929 hopes to increase the scholarships in the future.

Recipient Amount Educational Institution Parent Place of employment
Dominic Leo $500.00 Temple University Dominic Leo Procacci
Kayleigh Citrino $500.00 Rowan University Dave Citrino Red Cross
Ashley Sipos $500.00 Comm. College Phila. Steven Sipos Procacci
Brianna Coleman $100.00 Penn State University Rochelle Giles Tucs Cleaning
Alexandria Kelly $100.00 LaSalle University Joseph Kelly Port Richmond T/W
Maria Leo $100.00 Millersville University Dominic Leo Procacci
Thomas Jeffery $100.00 Father Judge Diana Haughey Port Richmond T/W

Teamsters Local 929 held a Shop Steward Seminar on September 17th. Many of the Local 929 Shop Stewards were in attendance. We received positive feedback from the Stewards. The Seminar was very informative and they left with a stronger knowledge on how to better represent the members at their workplace.

IBT Eastern Region Vice President Bill Hamilton spoke on the important role of the Union Shop Steward. The Steward is the first line of defense. Mr. Hamilton also pointed out that the War on Workers is still an issue on the forefront of the IBT agenda. Mr. Hamilton stressed the importance of voting. Whether it is the IBT General Election or the Local, State and National Elections. Everyone must exercise their right to vote. Every vote counts!

Barbara Lichtman, from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, talked to the Stewards about the mediation process. Ms. Lichtman explained that FCMS is a valuable tool available to assist in reaching a resolution, whether it is during contract negotiation or a grievance procedure.

Neal Goldstein, Freedman and Lorry. PC, counsel for Teamsters Local 929, gave a comprehensive training seminar. Mr. Goldstein spoke on the proper procedures a Steward must apply when dealing with their fellow employees and their employers. Shop Stewards are the first line of defense in the Union. The role of the Shop Steward is one of the most important positions in a Union. Mr. Goldstein gave instructions on how to handle grievances and how to present yourself as a Steward.


Annual Local 929 Picnic

     On July 11th Teamsters Local 929 held their Annual Picnic. Members and their families attended the event. "This picnic is a great opportunity for our Membership to gather outside their work place", stated President Rocky Bryan Jr. The Local plans to have the picnic yearly and hopes more Members will attend each year.


On April 11, 2011,  Teamsters Local 929 Members and Staff took part in a "STOP THE WAR ON WORKERS" rally on the steps of the Capital Building in Harrisburg.


Rocky and the Ching Ching Crew
It was a great day of fun for everyone
Local 929 Members of the Ching Ching Crew, "The Potato Guys", and their families who make up the forklift operators and jack drivers employed at Procacci Bros. had their annual picnic on Sunday, August 14th. The party went on despite heavy rains all day. "This is what it's all about; Families, Friends and Union Brothers and Sisters coming together for a day of fun", says Local 929 President Rocky Bryan. Rain or shine, the Potato Guys know how to put a picnic together.

If you would like to become a member of Teamsters Local 929,
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