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  • Officers & Staff

    Dennis Hower

    Dennis Hower has been a Teamster member since 1990. He has worked for UPS as a package car driver for over 10 years. He was Assistant Steward in the Allentown center, he was a Trustee for Local 773 from 2005 to 2006, and he was Vice President from 2007 to 2012. Dennis was elected President in 2013.

    Dennis is the current Political Action Coordinator for Local 773, and has worked on various campaigns on the local, state and national level. He enjoys working to raise the standard of living for all working families through political action. Dennis is a graduate of Joint Council 53 Organizing School and the Teamsters Leadership Academy on Political Action. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from Muhlenberg College.

    In November of 2011, Dennis was elected to the Board of Commissioners of Whitehall Township. 

    Dennis and his wife Lois reside in Whitehall, Pa. with their children Daniel and Juliet. 


    Chuck Shafer

    Chuck is a second generation Teamster and has been a member since 1976. He was Shop Steward at Roadway Express for 12 years. Chuck and his wife Rita have been married since 1981. They have two daughters, two grandchildren and reside in South Whitehall Township, Allentown.

    Chuck is a US Army Veteran and a 1972 graduate of Catasauqua High School.

    Since 1995, Chuck has held the positions of Trustee, Secretary Treasurer and Business Agent. He was elected as a rank and file delegate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 26th International Convention in 2001, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 27th International Convention in 2006, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 28th International Convention in 2011 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 29th Convention in 2016.

    He attended the Eight Cities, Eastern Region and National Freight Panels. Chuck was appointed by General President Hoffa as the Chairman to the Central PA Supplemental negotiating and grievance committee and also to the Eastern Region Executive Committee. He negotiated the 2013 through 2018 ABF NMFA Supplemental Freight Agreement.

    Currently, Chuck is on the Board of Trustees for the Central PA Health & Welfare and Pension Funds and has attended annual classes for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

    Chuck has also attended seminars on Health and Welfare, Pension, Worker’s Compensation, Steward Workshops and New Member Orientations. Chuck has completed a Quick Books Pro course. He attended the Pryor Seminar on Budgeting and the Teamster Leadership Academy. Chuck is experienced in Public Sector and Private Sector Contract Negotiations and Grievance procedures. He is also a graduate of Joint Council 53 Organizing School.

    Vice President

    Rusty Wetherspoon

    Rusty is currently a Business Agent for Teamster Local 773, with 31 years as a Teamster member, working for General mills (formerly Pillsbury & Pet Inc.) for 29 years. He had worked in the Maintenance Department as a production mechanic and is a certified welder, blue print reader and is familiar with production machines and commercial electrical work.

    He has been a steward for 27 years, where he has represented Production, Sanitation, Maintenance, Shipping and Receiving department members, and many others. Rusty has been helping stewards, business agents and union brothers and sisters for the past 30 years in every way he could, filing and handling grievances, arbitrations, unemployment hearings, labor board charges and negotiating contracts.

    Rusty has successfully completed classes in labor law and organizing, offered by the Union Leadership Academy, and is well versed in unemployment compensation, workman’s compensation, family medical leave act, sexual harassment, and labor relations.

    Recording Secretary

    Dave Sukanick

    Dave Sukanick has been a Teamster member since 1980. He started his career at Material Transport Service as a tractor trailer mechanic in Nazareth Pa. He has been employed at UPS since 1987 as a package car and tractor trailer driver.

    Dave is the current Recording Secretary for Local 773, and also a board member on the Local 773 Scholarship committee. Dave is a graduate of Joint Council 53 Organizing School, and has participated in numerous organizing drives. Dave also volunteers his time for MDA walkathon, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake, and Teamster Local 773 Scholarship Golf Tournament

    Dave and his wife Mary reside in Bethlehem Pa, and they have been married since 1982. They have two sons, Pete and Tony. Dave and Mary love to travel in their spare time.


    Helen Jones

    Helen Jones has been a teamster since 1999 and a bus driver in the Easton Area School district since 1996. She had an integral part in seeking Teamster representation for herself and her co-workers. She has held the title of assistant shop steward and chief steward. Helen has furthered her education by attending negotiations seminars and stewards’ seminars. Helen is active on many committees including the Teamster Local 773 Scholarship Committee, EASD Negotiating and Labor Management Committees, Teamster Horsemen Joint Council 53 North, and Teamster Local 773 Women’s Committee.

    Helen was presented with the Lehigh Valley Labor Management Council PACC award in 2003. She has participated in many Teamster Union functions including Labor Rallies in Harrisburg, the Teamster’s Women’s Conference in New York and San Francisco, and the Teamster’s Bus Drivers Congress in Chicago.

    Helen has been married since 1986 to her husband Roy. They have three children Roy III, Kerry and Sarah. 


    Rick Bachman

    Rick Bachman has been a Teamster since 1978, working for ABF Freight for the past 30 years. Prior to working at ABF, Rick worked for McLean Trucking and Mary Macintosh Laundry. During his time with the Teamsters and ABF Freight he has been a shop steward and he is currently on the building committee for the new Teamsters Hall in Whitehall.  He has taken the opportunity to attend organizing seminars.

    Rick has volunteered his time and talent for the Second Harvest Food Bank food drive. Rick has achieved 29 years of safe driving.

    Rick has been happily married to Cindy for 18 years and they have a beautiful family with many grandchildren and more on the way. When he is not with his family he likes to compete in the Professional Truck Driving Championships and has been a two time grand champion for the state of Pennsylvania.

    Business Agent

    Darrin Fry

    Darrin has been a Teamster member since 1991, starting at UPS during the 1990 Christmas season. While at UPS, Darrin worked his way through the ranks of part time loader to part time temporary cover driver and eventually to a full time package car driver.

    Darrin, a veteran of the 1997 UPS strike had served as Shop Steward for 10 years before being appointed Business Agent in 2004.

    Having processed, and won, many grievances at every level of the grievance procedure and having negotiated many contracts, Darrin is qualified, dedicated, and experienced to fully represent the membership of Teamster Local 773.

    Trained in organizing skills, Darrin always welcomes calls from potential new members. If you are interested in learning more about the Teamsters Union and how we can help you in your place of employment, please feel free to call him at extension 14.

    Business Agent

    Mark Laubach

    Mark has been a Teamster member of Local 773 for twenty-five years. He is employed at Nestle Purina, formerly known as Friskies Pet Care and before that Alpo Pet Foods. Mark is a truck jockey at the Distribution Center at Nestle’s. Of the twenty-five years he has been there, he has been a steward for twenty-three years. Mark is a second generation Teamster. His father was a member and steward of Local 773 for many years.

    Mark and his wife Donna have been married for 18 years and have three sons. They reside in Emmaus and their sons attend the East Penn School District. Mark is a 1976 graduate of William Allen High School.

    Mark has attended the Seminar for workman’s compensation. He has coached the youth sports of football, baseball and bowling.

    Business Agent

    Tim Groller

    Tim has been a Teamster for 18 years, and is currently employed by Buzzi Unicem (Hercules Cement).

    He has been a Steward for his entire Teamster life, and a Chief Steward for the past four years. He was previously a Vice-President and Executive Board member for the Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers Union.

    He and his wife Lenore have two sons, Timothy II and Jason. Tim has served on numerous negotiating and grievance committees. He is also active in his community. He has volunteered his time as a coach on his children’s baseball and wrestling teams in Palmer Township.

    Business Agent

    Brian Taylor

    Brian has been a Teamster member since 2008 when he helped organize his co-workers at UPS Freight.  Since the ratification of the UPS Freight National Agreement, Brian has continued to advance in his involvement with the Teamsters.  He was a Steward at UPS Freight and a trustee for the Local until 2015 when he began working full time for the Teamsters.  At that time he began fulfilling his new role as Organizer and Business Agent.  He is a second generation Teamster who believes in the rights of the working class.

    Brian represents many workers in both the private and public sectors.  He has lead employees through the election and contract process to ensure that they have better compensation and healthcare, but mostly to ensure that they are respected by their employers.  He has extensive knowledge in both the grievance and arbitration processes and is available to those he represents day and night. 

    In addition to his role at the Local, he is the current President of the Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association Chapter 53 North, an organization he helped to form in the spring of 2010.  This Motorcycle Association welcomes new members and is involved in community based fundraising.  Brian enjoys volunteering for worthwhile charities including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Teamster Local 773 Scholarship Golf Tournament, and is an active participant in his church.

    Brian has attended the Teamster Local 773 Steward and Business Agent Trainings, the Teamster Leadership Academy for Organizing and Strategic Bargaining, and has completed the Union Leadership Academy Course through Penn State University, while  continuing work on all the organizing drives for Teamster Local 773.  He prides himself on wanting to learn and excel in all areas of representing America's Working Class.

    When he is not at work he enjoys hunting, golfing, woodworking, and riding motorcycle.  Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Julie, and their five children, Abigail, Seth, Sarah, Jesse, and Isaac. 

    Director of Communications

    Daniella De Leon
    Daniella De Leon joined the local on January 2, 2014. Daniella served as our office manager, organizer, and translator. In January 2019 she took on the role of Director of Communications. She is also a member of the Local Union Women's Committee and the Labor Liaison at the United Way. Daniella graduated from Muhlenberg College in October 2017 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership. She intends on returning to school to pursue her Master's degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations. Daniella and her daughter Abrianna reside in South Whitehall. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and volunteering in the community.


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