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by Victor D. Torres

As we begin a new year, we have been hit with a series of rather unpleasant circumstances.

On January 19, 2018, the Local 481 light that always shines brightly, dimmed a bit. This day marks the day that we lost one of our dear Brothers, Harry Holloway.

We met Harold “Harry” E. Holloway at the beginning of his Teamsters membership in 1992. The first words out of his mouth after introducing himself (and letting us know that he was a big Red Sox and Patriots fan) was asking us if there was anything he could do to help us out.

Even though Harry was not working at the Aladdin garage from the first day that Aladdin became a Teamster shop back in 1991, he immediately caught on to the fact that there were bad feelings permeating throughout his workplace. Bad feelings from the Employer due to a scathing organizing campaign, bad feelings from some of his coworkers who were not initially supportive of the Union cause and because the first Union contract did not address every issue that was important to them.

As most of you know, a first contract doesn’t look like a 20-year contract. In this case, the first Aladdin contract did not include Health and Welfare coverage. Most of the employees had to sign up for government assistance or seek coverage on their own in order to have any coverage. Some even took the chance on having no coverage at all because they could not afford it.

Due to the efforts of Brother Holloway working with us, the successor contracts included Health and Welfare coverage. First there was dental and vision, then prescription and finally the full package including full medical and life insurance coverage. These steps began to change the culture in Harry’s workplace because his coworkers were finally able to see and feel the connection with their Union and that connection made a significant difference not only within their workplace, but also within their lives outside of their workplace. Having access to good medical coverage for not only themselves, but their entire family brought everything full circle that everyone is part of our Teamster family, our members AND the family members of our members.

As time went on, we got to know these members better and they got to know us, too. When someone was struggling with a personal issue, we made sure they knew that Local 481 was there for them to offer assistance and support. When there was a labor struggle occurring that Local 481 was involved with, we knew we could count on our Aladdin members, led by Harry Holloway to be there with us as we marched, protested or picketed.

It is that spirit that made Brother Holloway stand out from the crowd. He not only spoke loudly and clearly, he walked the walk with that same strength and that same pride.

If you ever met Harry Holloway, you would never forget him. As tough as nails as he was, he was also one of the most generous people we have ever met. Without any fanfare, Harry would always be the first person to lend a hand to anyone in need.

It is this approach to work and to life that made Harry effective as one of our longest serving stewards in Local 481 history. He was respected by all parties; the Employer, the Union and the customers who for over 25+ years, he provided transportation services for. Many of those customers would specifically ask for Harry whenever they were in town because they had confidence in his skill and experience as a driver, but also due to his never-ending sense of humor. It was always a fun experience to ride Harry’s bus.

It is with a heavy heart that we send our sincere condolences to Harry’s spouse Dorothy “Dottie” Holloway. Thank you, Dottie, for sharing your husband with us. Please know that he will be missed, but never forgotten.

Additional condolences go out to the family, friends and coworkers of Phil Saul, former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 542 who recently passed away.

We also lost one of our Local 481 brothers Ken Morgan who unexpectedly passed away. We wish his family and coworkers sincere condolences.

Details are sketchy as we go to press, we just became aware that retired Zoo employee and former Local 481 President William “Bill” Slack has passed away. Bill Slack was one of the founding members of the Zoo bargaining unit and played an integral part in the negotiations of the first Union contract there. Our condolences to Bill’s family and coworkers.


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