April 2, 2014: Teamsters are getting active to defend pensions and oppose legislation which would allow retiree benefits to be slashed.
“We’ve formed a committee in the Cleveland area, and we’re going to make our voices heard,” said Alex Adams (speaking in the picture), retired past President of Local 407. “It starts with contacting Teamsters and retirees, who are worried about the future, and letting them know that something can be done if we get together.”
An initial small committee met and with the help of TDU held a March 8 meeting of 120 retired and active Teamsters, where the committee was expanded. The meeting was built by reaching out to retiree clubs, talking with the media, the internet and leafletting. Now the expanded committee is planning to:
- Continue to outreach to Teamsters and retirees
- Talk with every retiree club and local union in Northeast Ohio
- Set up meetings with Congressional Reps and Senators during the April recess
- Prepare to later send a delegation on a bus or van to Washington to lobby
Help Defend Our Pensions
Teamsters—retired and active—are organizing to defend our pensions and stop legislation that would cut accrued benefits and retirees’ pensions. TDU can help initiate a committee in your area or organize a meeting to inform other Teamsters and their spouses. Click here to contact us.