Joseph W. Morgan, former International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President and former Area Director of the Southern Conference of Teamsters, died November 26, 2008. He was 80.
Morgan devoted his life to the labor movement, serving the Teamsters Union for 40 years.
At age 20, Morgan became a business agent for Local 393 in Beaumont, Texas. Later, he went to work as a Southern Conference Teamster Representative, where he was influential in handling wage stabilization matters. From 1951-1956, Morgan worked as a Southern Conference organizer, handing a variety of assignments in organizing, negotiations, grievances and administration.
In 1956, he was named an International Union General Organizer and was assigned to Miami, Florida until 1971. During that time, Morgan was the President of Locals 390 and 769, where he represented thousands of workers in the trucking, delivery and airline industries. In addition to his duties as General Organizer, Morgan headed the Georgia-Florida Conference of Teamsters.
At the 1971 International Union convention, Morgan was elected Vice President on the General Executive Board.
In addition to his union interests, Morgan served on the Florida State Manpower Planning Council by appointment of Governor Rueben Askew. He also served on the National Highway Safety Advisory Council. In 1974, Morgan was appointed to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Arbitration Services Advisory Committee.
In 1974, he was honored with the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, presented to him by the prime minister of Israel, for his humanitarian efforts.