Members Build Movement for Change

February 20, 2009: Teamster members are reaching out to other Teamsters to work together to build a stronger union.

Members are talking Teamster-to-Teamster, getting petition signatures, distributing Convoy, and asking members to get involved in our movement for change.

Here’s what some members are doing to put our union back on the right track.


Mike SchafferMike SchafferResponding to the Crisis in Freight and Our Union

I took two days off work to pass out Convoys at freight terminals and at UPS here in south Florida.

At UPS, we asked members to sign the petition to create more full-time jobs. Almost every member I saw signed the petition. Part-timers want more full-time job opportunities. And full-timers remember what our union won when we stuck together in the 1997 strike.

I work at Roadway—not UPS. But I know that our union is stronger when we all stick together and do our part.

Mike Schaffer, Roadway
Local 769, Miami


Spreading the Word

I went out to USF Holland and passed out the most recent issue of Convoy. Members were really positive to get the information—and concerned about the direction our union.

Freight members in Milwaukee have always been on top of the issues. We have a local union election this year. Now’s the time to get the word out.

Paul Host, ABF
Local 200, Milwaukee


Amadeo Bianchi (center) and Frank Rabl (right) distribute ConvoyAmadeo Bianchi (center) and Frank Rabl (right) distribute ConvoyIf You’re Fed Up with Hoffa, Join TDU

I took off on Monday and met Teamsters at Yellow freight in the morning, some car rental locations in the afternoon, and UPS in the evening.

I think if more members do this, it will gain momentum. I met a lot of Teamsters who are fed up with Hoffa—and he’s up for re-election in 2011. If you want change in two and a half years, now is the time to get off your butt and get involved.

Amadeo Bianchi, Roadway
Local 769, Miami


You can help build our movement and reach other Teamster members. Here’s how.

Click here to find out more about the campaign to make UPS deliver more full-time jobs and to download the petition.

Click here to join TDU.

Want to help spread the word? Click here to order copies of Convoy Dispatch, TDU’s newspaper.

Do you have an idea about what TDU should be doing to build a movement for change in our union? Click here and let us know what you think.


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