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Jim "Cinci" Cianciolo

President, Principal Officer & Business Representative

Cinci has been a Teamster in Local 243 since 1969, originally employed by Montgomery Wards. While at Wards he served as a Steward for six years. In 1979 he accepted full-time employment as a Business Representative with Local 243. As a Business Representative, Cinci has been involved in every contract that the Local administers. 

Cinci has served as a member of the Montgomery Wardís National Negotiating Committee since 1980 and later became Chairman of the National Negotiating Committee in 1994.

Cinci serves on the Teamsters/UPS State Grievance Panel of Michigan where he has presented grievances and fought for membersí rights.  In 1997 he served on the Teamsters/UPS National Negotiating Committee and the Central Region Negotiating Committee and on the Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee once again in 2002 and in 2007.

As Chairman of the Local's Organizing Committee he has helped organize several hundred new members.

Cinci engineered the merger with Local 580 in Lansing, bringing these Brothers and Sisters into the Local 243 family.  Since the merger he has assisted the Lansing Office with negotiations at various companies, including the current Jack Cooper Carhaul Local Rider negotiations.

He has worked his way up through the ranks by being elected Vice President in 1984, Secretary-Treasurer in 1985 and President in 1995, the position he currently holds.

In addition to his duties at Local 243, Cinci also serves as Secretary-Treasurer for Teamsters Joint Council No. 43 for the State of Michigan and President of the Teamsters Credit Union.

 

 

 

Doug Robinson

Vice President & Business Representative

Doug became a member of Local 243 in 1987 when he was employed by UPS as a Package Car Driver at the Roseville Center. 

Doug also served as Committee Person for approximately four years.  In 2003, Doug accepted full-time employment with Local 243 as a Business Representative.  In 2013, Doug was appointed as Vice President and was re-elected as Vice President in 2014.

Doug has negotiated and enforced Contracts for all the miscellaneous companies resulting in better job security and benefits for the membership.  He is currently assisting in negotiating several of the Lansing Contracts. 

Doug also serves on the Teamsters/UPS State Panel of Michigan.

Doug serves the membership in grievance hearings, processing arbitration cases and contract negotiations.  

Doug has successfully processed several charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), winning large backpay awards. 

He is also responsible for repairing, maintaining and upgrading Local 243ís computers, networks and audio-visual equipment, saving the Local thousands of dollars.  Doug was instrumental in upgrading Local 243ís Lansing Office phone system, computers and internet after the merger in order to better-service Local 243ís Lansing members.

Doug serves as Co-Chairman of Local 243ís Organizing Committee and has been involved in helping increase membership in the Local through organizing victories. 

 

 

 

Dave Bailey

Trustee & Steward

David Bailey was elected Trustee in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014.  He became a Teamster in 1979 at the age of 23. David is employed in the Moving and Storage Industry at Palmers. He has served as Steward since 1998 and served on the Union Negotiating Committee for Palmers Moving and Storage the last five contracts.

Along with his duties as Trustee, Dave also serves on Local 243's Organizing Committee and assists with Local 243 political activities.  Dave is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.

 

 

 

Christine Linnell

Business Representative

Christine was initially hired by Local 243 in January 2005.  During her decade of employment, she was responsible for running the TITAN system, processing UPS State Panel Agendas, filing all contract reopeners in a timely fashion and helping with internal auditing to ensure that every dues dollar is spent wisely to promote and protect the membership's best interest. 

She accepted employment as a Business Representative in January 2015. 

Christine serves on the Teamsters-UPS State Panel of Michigan where she has presented grievances and fought for membersí rights.  Christine has also helped in the presentation of cases at the Joint Area Committee (JAC), representing UPS members. 

She has attended the Teamsters Leadership Academy, gaining valuable knowledge and experience in collective bargaining, organizing, arbitration preparation and grievance handling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Lowran

Secreatary-Treasurer & Business Representative

Greg has been a Teamster member since 1977. In 1978 he went to work for UPS as a Package Car Driver at the Clawson Center. He has also worked as a Clerk and Shifter at the Pontiac Center. Greg served as a Steward and Committeeperson for more than six years before accepting a full-time Business Representative's position with Local 243 in 1986.

Greg has attended the Teamsters Leadership Academy, gaining valuable knowledge and experience in collective bargaining, organizing, arbitration preparation and grievance handling.

Greg has served as Trustee until elected Secretary-Treasurer in 1995, the position he currently holds along with his duties as Business Representative.

Greg serves as Chairman for the Teamsters-UPS State Grievance Panel of Michigan, a position he has held since 1995, where he has presented grievances and fought for membersí rights. Greg has been a member of the Teamsters/UPS Central Region Negotiating Committee in 2002, 2008 and 2013, and a member of the Teamsters/UPS National Negotiating Committee in 2013 and remains eager to take-on UPS in the next round of negotiations in 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Parker

Recording Secretary & Business Representative

Mike was the Secretary-Treasurer in Local 580 prior to joining Local 243 in 2015, bringing his years of service excellence with him to help strengthen Local 243.

Mike has been a Teamster since 1985 when he began his career at UPS working in the reload. In 1987, Mike became a full-time package car driver and was elected Union Steward, in 1988.

His hard work as a steward earned him the respect of the union, which led to Mikeís hire as a Business Representative in Local 580 and later as Administrative Assistant in 1995.  He was elected Trustee in 1997 and elected as Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer in January of 2007 for Local 580, the position he held until the merger with Local 243 in 2015.  He held the Trustee position in Local 243 until he became Recording Secretary in May 2016.

Mike has previously served as Trustee and Recording Secretary for Michigan Teamsters Joint Council No. 43 from 2007 through March 2015. 

Mike serves on the Teamsters Central Region Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee and Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC). 

Throughout his career, Mike has successfully negotiated contracts in many different industries and represented Teamster members both in the public and private sectors.

 

 

 

Ernie Bell

Trustee

UPS Madison Heights Feeder Driver Ernie Bell has been a Local 243 Trustee since 2016.

Ernie grew up in Detroit, Michigan.  A graduate of Finney High school, he attended college at Highland Park Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Ernie became a Teamster in 1987 when he was hired by UPS.  He was a Package Car Driver for 16 years and has been employed as a Feeder Driver in Madison Heights since 2003.

 

 

 

Lynne Meade

Trustee & Business Representative

Lynne began her employment at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in May 1987.  In 1999, Lynne and her co-workers decided that working without a union was not in their best interests and thus organized and became members of Teamsters Local 580.

Lynne was elected Steward, gaining valuable experience in contract negotiations and grievance processing.

She was appointed Trustee in Local 580 in 2000 and was hired as a full-time Business Representative in 2007.  Lynne was later elected Vice President and then President, holding that position in Local 580 until the merger with Local 243.  Lynne was elected to the position of Trustee in Local 243 in May 2016.

 

 

  

Neil Pettit

Business Representative & Organizer

Being a fourth-generation Teamster, Neil Pettit, Local 243 Business Representative, was raised in a family that values the traditions and strength of organized labor.

He became a Teamster member in 2010 at the age of 18 while working at USF Holland, a regional freight company.  He worked nights on the dock as a forklift operator to put himself through college at Wayne State University (WSU), graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Labor Studies.  He also attended lectures at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

While a WSU student he worked at Local 243 as an Intern for six months where he assisted in contract negotiations, grievance hearings and organizing.  Neil also worked at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for six months as an Extern where he assisted trial attorneys and investigators in a variety of unfair labor practice cases, representation elections, and compliance matters.  Neil was assigned the lead role in a sizeable and complicated compliance case involving over 180 discriminatees which involved the distribution of a large amount of backpay.

Neil is currently attending graduate school at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, pursuing a Master's Degree in Labor Studies through its Union Leadership and Administration limited-residency program.  He is also attending the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan-Flint through online courses, earning a Certificates in Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He has completed training through the Teamster Leadership Academy (TLA).

Neil services members in contract negotiations, grievance handling, administrative proceedings, and political action, in addition to organizing new workers.

 

 

 

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