“A True Teamster” -Albert H. Page
SEPTEMBER 1, 1911 TO OCTOBER 3, 2001
Al “Moose” Page was truly an old fashion Union man, forever looking out for the rights of working men and women and their families. He lived in the Lewiston Auburn area with wife Gertrude, and children Shirley and Charlie. A man of 6′ 2″ he started his crusade as a Union leader in 1937 by forming an Independent Union in the Lewiston area. As a truck driver he worked for Boundry Express in 1936, Big 3 Inc. from 1937 to 1939, B & E Motor Express from 1938 to 1941, Atlantic Motor Express from 1940 to 1943 and on to Alger Bros. From 1943 till March 10, 1948 when he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of Local 340 and from then on he was forever “Secretary-Treasurer” until his retirement on December 31, 1971.
He was a respected man who embraced the workers of Maine and led them into successful labor movement. He maintained a heavy involvement with organizing to better the lives of Maine families. He was also recognized for meeting several government officials through the years; John Reed, Edmund Muskie, Ken Curtis, Hubert Humphrey, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Some of the highlights of his work include:
- 1942- Helped in bringing all the offices of AF of L unions under one roof. The purchase of a brick building at the corner of Federal Street and Exchange Street, known as the AF of L Labor Temple at 110 Exchange Street.
- 1946- Chairman of the Lewiston-Auburn Central Labor Union, AF of L.
- 1947- As President of Lewiston-Auburn Central Labor Union, he headed a protest by 11 Unions to the Maine legislature objecting to bills which he believed were discriminatory to Labor.
- 1947- Co-sponsored along with 15 Local Union groups and brought the return of the Labor Day Parade back to Lewiston-Auburn, which had not been seen in 25 years.
- 1948- Nominated as Secretary-Treasurer of Truck drivers Union Local 340.
- 1950- Vice President of State Federation of Labor and Secretary-Treasurer of Truck Drivers Union.
- 1953- Elected for his 8th term as President of Lewiston-Auburn Central Labor Council.
- 1955- Took part in a merger of AFL and CIO organizations for a total of 7000 members in the Lewiston area.
- 1964- Nominated as alternate for Labor State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation.
- 1965- Announcement of a Labor Safety Week proclamation.
Ingenuity and creativity is what brought Al to expression on paper. Fitted with his very own printing press, Al was able to print just about anything. He created a newsletter called “Rolling along with Al Page”. He was also able to print his own political advertisement for the local newspapers.
At the end of the War, 1946, Al proposed to organize the twelve (12) AF of L locals as the “Community Chest” goes on a campaign to help support the families in need. He is quoted ” The idea back of unionism is to help one another, and the United Community and War Chest campaign now being carried on in this community will result in making life more pleasant for all of us. Let’s play along with this, and support it with all our might.” This effort has turned into what we know now as “The United Way Campaign” still effective in supporting communities in need.
In 1963 Teamsters formed the Albert H. Page Scholarship. Originally funded by donations from the membership, it is presently funded by the general fund of Local 340. The Scholarship awards $500.00 each to one son and one daughter of Maine Teamster members. To be eligible, the applicant must be a son or daughter and be graduating that year. They are chosen by the luck of the draw.
Al suffered the loss of his wife, Gertrude, in 1973. His children; Shirley and her husband Harold married in 1950 and raised three children. Charlie and his wife, Donna married in 1956 and also raised 3 children. Shirley passed away in 1997 and Harold still lives in Auburn, Maine. Charlie and Donna now reside in N.C.
Al retired from Teamsters Local 340 to a camp in Oquossoc, Maine which still exists and is used by his family members. A handmade sign gifted to him from a fellow Teamster, hangs on the outside of the camp, which reads “Moose’s Nook”.
Al moved to Florida and remarried. Still active and very much a Union man, he found himself organizing the mobile home parks so the owners would have some say in who and how their properties were cared for. He formed the Federation Mobile Homeowners (FMA) and started the FMO News. It remains in effect today. Al Page spent 28 years in retirement with his second wife, Catherine. She is quoted in saying; “ƒhe was the best-kind, caring, generous, so helpful to others, faithful-a man of integrity. He was always involved in some worthwhile projectƒHe loved his Teamsters, and he made a believer out of me!”
The Officers, Agents, Office Staff and Membership pays tribute to this true Teamster and we are all forever grateful for his impact that has effected the lives of so many Maine people fi