Teamster Proud at the IBT Convention

Teamsters United delegates brought the voices and concerns of working Teamsters to the IBT Convention. They faced down boos, threats, and intimidation. They stood tall in the face of racist, sexist and homophobic slurs from Hoffa delegates. They spoke to the issues, spoke up for the members and they did us all Teamster proud.

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Randall.jpg“We all support the striker’s security package to increase weekly strike benefits. I support the amendment from Fred Zuckerman and Teamsters United to provide strike benefits starting the first week of a strike, including strikes for union recognition. Let’s use our powerful Strike Fund to help Teamsters and new members win strikes.”

Bob Randall, Local 559 President, Connecticut.

 

Villa.jpg“Our local represents warehouse and food industry Teamsters. Our jobs and contracts are under attack. We need leadership that knows how to mobilize members, to fight back against unreasonable production standards and defend our contracts.”

Frank Villa, Local 630, Los Angeles

 

Loobie.jpg“We are proud Teamsters, but we are not proud of the $10 starting rate for part-timers and the neglect of the International Union to represent and fight for part-timers, to fight for more full-time jobs. We are not proud of the neglect for part-timers in this International Union. We are brothers and sisters just like everyone in the red vest. Let’s end part-time poverty at UPS.”

Dave Loobie, Local 804, New York

 

Archie.jpg“The carhaul industry was dominated by Teamsters 17 years ago when Hoffa took office; and with no organizing plan and concessions for the members, we’ve gone downhill fast. It’s been now 302 days since we’ve had a contract in carhaul. We refuse to die the slow death in Louisville. In fact, we’re growing. There are more Teamster carhaulers in Louisville than there are in Detroit, Hoffa’s hometown, because in Louisville we fight.”

McKinley Archie, Local 89, Louisville

 

Sayer.jpg“I worked in the freight industry for over 30 years and we’ve witnessed the industry’s decline. We will never give up the fight to restore power to any of our core industries. We are ready to stand up for better contracts and pension stability.”

Bob Sayer, Local 251, New England

 

 

Leonard.jpg“Subcontracting out union jobs at UPS Freight and YRC are a great concern to all freight members… On a personal note, everyone on this slate considers you and everyone in this hall our brothers and sisters; and when this is over, we pledge to continue working with you on behalf of working people and working Teamsters around the world.”

Leonard Stoehr, Local 206, Oregon

 

Cerulli.jpg“I’m from Local 804, the proud local of Ron Carey. Our local has never voted for Hoffa-Hall and we never will. More than 80 percent of our members voted against Hoffa-Hall five years ago and we’re back.”

Anthony Cerulli, Local 804, New York

 

 

Kim.jpg“As a Teamster and a woman, it is a special honor for me to nominate Sandy Pope. She’s a trailblazer, an inspiration to Teamster sisters and brothers alike. A coalition builder and a unifier, Sandy puts our union and the members above the politics.”

Kimberly Schultz, Local 2011, Florida

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