Teamsters Who Made a Difference in 2009

Read about Teamsters who made a difference in 2009—stopping bad mergers, protecting your right to information, and electing new leadership.

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804 Members Unite for Change
Three years ago, Local 804 members launched a grassroots movement to fight benefit cuts and contract concessions. In December, their hard work paid off when the 804 Members United Slate swept their local union election with 68 percent of the vote. Read more...

Puerto Rico Teamsters Unite for Change
Members are uniting for change in Puerto Rico under the banner Teamsters Making the Difference. Read more...

North Carolina Teamsters Speak Out for Freedom of Speech
For two years, UPS management has tried to stop Teamsters in Lumberton, North Carolina from distributing Convoy. This summer, the rank-and-file members of Local 391 won a victory that strengthens the rights of all members to read and distribute TDU literature at work. Read more...

New York Movers Choose A New Direction for Local 814
After years of sell-out contracts and benefit cuts, members of New York Local 814 have voted for a new direction and a reform slate in their local union election. Read more...

Local 896 Members Save Their Union
At the beginning of 2009, the head of Local 896 tried to merge his 3,000 members into Local 848—a local with a history of bargaining substandard contracts for SoCal beverage Teamsters. Local 896 members got organized, spoke up and stopped the merger. Read more...

848 Members Tell Santangelo: “You Gotta Go!”
For years, Jim Santangelo ruled Joint Council 42 with an iron fist. But when Santangelo used union resources to settle a sexual harassment suit against him, hundreds of members organized and forced him to resign. Read more... is running a series of stories about Teamsters who made a difference in our union in 2009. Check back to read more about other members who made a difference.

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