A new hall for Salem’s Teamsters

Teamsters Local 324 secretary-treasurer Chris Muhs welcomes long-retired Teamster leader Darel Aker to the grand opening of the local’s new union hall.

By DON McINTOSH 

The hall is adorned with all manner of memorabilia, including this sign from the 1997 UPS strike in Muhs’ office.

Members and officers of Teamsters Local 324 gathered Aug. 20 to dedicate their new union hall, named in honor of a longtime leader.

Ward E. Graham, 1912-1997, was principal officer and secretary-treasurer of Local 324 from 1946 to 1973, the longest tenure in the local’s 93-year history. Five of his descendants were on hand to witness the dedication.

The new hall, on 4871 Lancaster Dr. NE in Salem, replaces Local 324’s old hall, down the street on 2686 Portland Rd. Local 324 secretary-treasurer Chris Muhs says the 1,700-member local had outgrown its the Portland Road hall, because member participation has increased, and there wasn’t sufficient parking.

The new hall is a former Key Bank location, and it’s in a prominent location on Lancaster Drive, conveniently located off I-5 and Highway 99E. Local 324 took possession of it in February and spent months doing a remodel, in part with volunteer labor.

The daughter and granddaughters of late Teamster leader Ward Graham were able to attend the dedication of Local 324’s new union hall, named in his honor.

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