Meet the Slate
Matthew Taibi, Secretary-Treasurer
Matt Taibi has been an active Teamster of 15 years at United Parcel Service, where he served as a shop steward, and previously at SuperValu. Matt has taken extensive labor education courses in union representation and organizing. He has a degree in Business Administration.
"I'm running to make sure that every Local 251 member has a voice on the job and in our union. Corporate greed is out of control. The labor movement's mission is to build power for working people by negotiating strong contracts, defending members' rights at work, and teaming up with community allies and the public. Local 251 has lost that mission. United Action is about getting our union back on track."
Paul Santos, President/Business Agent
Paul Santos has been at Rhode Island Hospital for almost 27 years and is a 20-year Teamster. He is an experienced union representative, organizer and true union man. Paul was a leader on the Organizing Committee that brought the union to the hospital and served as a shop steward and union liason.
"I've been a union guy my whole life. I helped get the Union in to Rhode Island Hospital to give everyone a voice. To see us in a union that doesn't act like a union doesn't sit well with me. I want people to be respected again. This is why I organized to begin with and this is why I'm running now. It's time for us to stand together."
Eddie Carreiro started working at Rhode Island Hospital in 1990 and has been a Teamster since 1994. Eddie was one of the original leaders that helped organize Rhode Island Hospital. He has served as a shop steward and as a member of the Local 251 Strike Force, which provided solidarity and support on picket lines.
"I'm fed up with people getting mistreated. If we work together, we can have a better future for ourselves and our kids. There are a lot of people who are afraid to speak up. United Action wants a union that is there to provide that voice and support."
Matt Maini has been a UPS Teamster for 20 years. He has previously served as a shop steward and member of the Local 251 Strike Force. As a Teamster Organizer, Matt helped bring new members into our union. Matt served in the U.S. Navy before going to work at UPS in 1994.
"I'm running to promote democracy within my own local and rebuild union power. We need a stronger union for the rank and file."
Al Torigian has been a Teamster for almost 25 years at United Parcel Service where he is a package car driver. Al was a leader on the picket line during the 1997 strike that won UPS's best contract. In addition to the Teamsters, Al was a member of the United Electrical Workers (UE) for 16 years at General Electric.
"I want to make a difference. No one likes coming to work and being disrespected. I want people to feel proud to be a union member again and come to work knowing the union is standing behind them and not just taking their dues money. With United Action, those days are over."
Executive Board Members
Tony Suazo, Vice President
Tony Suazo has worked at Rhode Island Hospital for nearly 19 years.
"The Union used to be there to protect you when you needed it. That has been lost. I'm part of United Action because I want to help restore solidarity and support to our union so all members feel they are getting a fair shot."
Sandra Cabral, Recording Secretary
Sandie Cabral has worked at Rhode Island Hospital for nearly 12 years.
"I believe in fairness and putting an end to favoritism. Every member deserves equal representation and no one should be disciplined without just cause. That's the union way."
Carl Chicoine, Trustee
Carl Chicoine has worked at Rhode Island Hospital for 38 years. He was on the original union organizing committee for the hospital and has served as a shop steward.
"Most people don't feel like we have a union; we just pay dues. We need to return the union to the membership."
Decio Goulart, Trustee
Decio Goulart works in the Laundry Department at Rhode Island Hospital and has been a Teamster for 9 years.
"It's time for change. I am committed to making sure that all Local 251 members have a voice. Local 251 can be a union that stands up for every member."
Matthew Martins, Trustee
Matt Martins works in the Power Plant at Rhode Island Hospital as a Teamster electrician.
"People aren't getting the representation they deserve. We want to make sure their monthly dues are going towards a union that represents them. Knowledge is power and every member should have the opportunity to learn."