Officers & Staff of Teamsters Local No. 59

Teamsters Union Local No. 59 Executive Board

Teamsters Union Local No. 59 Executive Board is comprised of the following:
(2) Full-time Officers, (1) Vice President, (1) Recording Secretary, (3) Trustees

George F. Belanger

Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Officer

George has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1988. He served as Shop Steward on behalf of the members at UPS-Dartmouth for 12 years. George worked at United Parcel Service out of the Dartmouth Facility prior to becoming a full-time officer of the Local. In January 1996, he was elected to the position of Recording Secretary for the Local and in January 2005, he went on to be elected to the full-time office of President and Business Representative. George was appointed to the position of Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Officer effective August 1, 2009. In November 2010, George was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2011. In addition to being a full-time officer of Local 59, George has held and currently holds the following positions:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10
  • - Recording Secretary: Teamsters JC 10
  • - Delegate: SE Massachusetts Building Trades Council
  • - Member: Massachusetts Heavy and Highway Negotiating Committee
  • - Member: Teamsters/UPS New England Area Parcel Grievance Committee (NEAPGC)
  • - Member: UPS New England Supplemental Negotiating Committee
  • - Elected IBT Convention Delegate (2011)
  • - Member: UMass Dartmouth Advisory Board
  • - Member: New England Teamsters Federal Credit Union Board

Philip R. Sullivan

President and Business Representative

Phil has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1991. He served as Shop Steward on behalf of the members at Maritime Terminal for 3 years. Phil worked at Maritime Terminal in New Bedford prior to becoming a full-time officer of the Local. In January 2001, he was elected to the position of Trustee for the Local and in January 2005, he was re-elected to Trustee. Accordingly, he was then appointed to the full-time office of Vice President and Business Representative. Phil was appointed to the position of President and Business Representative effective August 1, 2009. In November 2010, Phil was elected to the position of President and Business Representative, effective January 1, 2011. In addition to being a full-time officer of Local 59, Phil has held and currently holds the following positions:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10
  • - Member: Greater New Bedford Cape Cod Labor Council
  • - Teamsters Local 59 Political Coordinator
  • - Elected IBT Convention Delegate (2011)

Manuel S. Amaral, Jr.

Vice President

Manny has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1977. He is serving as Shop Steward on behalf of the employees at United Parcel Service at the Dartmouth Facility and has been since 2001. Manny works at the UPS Facility in Dartmouth as a Feeder Driver and was elected as Trustee of the Teamsters Union Local No. 59 Executive Board in January 2005. Manny was appointed to the position of Vice President effective August 1, 2009. In November 2010, Manny was elected to the position of Vice President, effective January 1, 2011. In addition to being a part-time officer of Local 59, Manny has held and currently holds the following positions:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10
  • - Elected IBT Convention Alternate Delegate (2011)

Robert Sylvia, Jr.

Recording Secretary

Bob has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1982. He served as Shop Steward on behalf of the members at Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard for over 25 years and serves on the contract negotiating committee. Bob works at the Steamship Authority in the Fairhaven Maintenance Department as a welder/foreman and was appointed as Recording Secretary on the Teamsters Union Local No. 59 Executive Board in February, 2014. Bob has served on the Election Committee for the Local Union Elections and the IBT Delegate Elections for over 20 years. In addition to being the Recording Secretary, Bob has held and is currently holding the following position:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10

Donald I. Drew

Trustee

Don has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1993. He serves on the contract negotiating committee and as Shop Steward on behalf of the members at the Falmouth Schools and has been for over 15 years. Don works as Head Custodian at the Lawrence Junior High School and was appointed to the Trustee position effective November 1, 2011. Don is active in the Falmouth community and is the proud parent whose son has served 2 tours in Iraq. In addition to Trustee, Don currently holds this position:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10

John G. Gomes

Trustee

John has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1999. He serves on the contract negotiating committee and as Shop Steward on behalf of the employees at AFC Cable Systems in New Bedford. John works at AFC Cable as a mechanic and was appointed as a Trustee of the Teamsters Union Local No. 59 Executive Board in July, 2013. In addition to being a trustee, John currently holds the following position:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10

Shad Soares

Trustee

Shad has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1986. He serves on the contract negotiating committee and as Shop Steward on behalf of the employees at GM Construction in Acushnet and has been since 2001. Shad works at DW White/GM Construction as a Truck Driver and was elected as a Trustee of the Teamsters Union Local No. 59 Executive Board in January 2005. In addition to being a trustee, Shad has held and is currently holding the following position:

  • - Delegate: Teamsters Joint Council #10

Kathy Knapp

Conductor

Kathy has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1984. She works at United Parcel Service as a feeder driver and was appointed to her position as Conductor for Local 59 Meetings in September, 2013.

Paul Pereira

Warden

Paul has been a member of Teamsters Local 59 since 1983. He works at Brittany Global Technologies in New Bedford and has been a Shop Steward for 10 years and served on the Negotiating Committee for 25 years. He was appointed as Warden effective August 2015.

Donna M. Saunders

Office Manager

Donna started working for the Teamsters in March 1984 with the Teamsters Welfare Fund. In September 1990, Donna began working for the Teamsters Union Office as the Office Manager.

Lisa M. Roderick

Titan Operator

Lisa started working for the Teamsters in April 1986 with the Teamsters Welfare Fund. In August 1991, Lisa began working for the Teamsters Union Office as the Titan Operator.

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