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Nashville Officers Elect Teamsters as Their Bargaining Representative

Nashville Officers Elect Teamsters as Their Bargaining Representative

Overwhelming Majority of Voters Choose Teamsters Over FOPFebruary 8, 2006

February 8, 2006

Contact: Joel Coffidis(202) 497-3079

(Nashville, TN) – Metro Nashville police officers signaled they are ready for a change, overwhelmingly voting today to elect the Teamsters Union as their new bargaining representative.“These officers have spoken loud and clear to Metro—they want to change the status quo,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “This day continues our broad initiative for the Teamsters to become the national voice for those special Americans who protect and serve us all. We are now ready, willing and able to go out and bring other units of police officers under the banner of the Teamsters. We have the knowledge, experience and determination to make sure that their dedication and their willingness to put their lives on the line every day does not go unrewarded.”In a true show of solidarity, 633 officers turned out to vote for a secure future. The Nashville police officers put their trust in Teamsters Local 327 in Nashville and in the Teamsters Law Enforcement League, electing a new partner in their fight for due process, a stronger pension and respect on the job.“It’s now time to get down to business,” said Jimmy Neal, President of Teamsters Local 327 in Nashville, Tenn. “Working together, the union and these officers will be able to finally get some justice in the workplace.”There are more than 1,200 officers on the Metro force. Officers chose to decertify from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on December 1, 2005, clearing the way for today’s election.“The FOP is a fine fraternal organization, but we need the strength and resources of the Teamsters to fight for the issues that are important to Metro officers,” said Lt. Calvin Hullett, a 16-year officer who was president of the FOP Lodge No. 5 in Nashville from 2001 to 2003.The Teamsters Law Enforcement League is part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing over 1,200 law enforcement bargaining units across the country.

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