One Union. One Goal.
After years of organizing. After years of having to fight UPS and our own International Union at the same time. We have done it.
We’ve won new leadership and a new direction in our International Union.
I could not be prouder of Local 804 members or more humbled by your support.
More than 96% of Local 804 members voted for Teamsters United. We led the nation in voter turnout. My sincere gratitude goes out to every member who voted and to every member who got the word out and reminded others to vote.
Volunteers from our local campaigned in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and Virginia.
We won the vote in every single local union where we campaigned, including the home local of Denis Taylor, Hoffa’s Package Division Director who brought us 22.4s and PVDs and imposed the contract that we rejected.
That won’t happen again. In June, we won changes in our Teamster Constitution to end the Two-Thirds rule and require majority rule in all contract votes.
We also changed the Constitution so that strike benefits are paid on Day One of any strike; the old Hoffa rule forced members to wait eight days to get strike benefits.
That change could be very important in 2023. The new International Union leadership is committed to eliminating the givebacks that Hoffa imposed on us.
We will convert all 22.4s into RPCDs as part of the next contract. We will win higher wages. If winning these improvements takes
a strike, then so be it.
Essential workers have carried our nation through this pandemic. We have power and we’re using it. Union workers at John Deere, Nabisco, Kellogg's and more have gone on strike against two-tier and obscene forced overtime and six-day work weeks. They've had it and so have we.
The best way to avoid a strike is to be prepared for one. With Sean O’Brien, Fred Zuckerman and Teamsters United leading our union
Information Brownouts are out. Communication, education, and member mobilization are in.
We’ve got a lot of work to do in 2022, from Local 804 to the IBT. It’s time to believe in our union again and instill confidence in our fellow members. You come for one of us. You come for all of us.
One Union! One Goal!