On October 24, Joint Council 46 in Western New York hosted a Teamsters Organizers Boot Camp where members came together in a daylong training that emphasized the importance of member mobilization. The boot camp is part of a union-wide effort to recruit and train 1,000 new member organizers before the end of the year.
“Programs like these are very important to Joint Councils and local unions' organizing effort,” said Ron Lucas, President of Joint Council 46. “We were proud to host this boot camp.”
The trainees participated in discussions on a wide range of topics, and learned how to communicate the union message to nonunion workers and coworkers alike.
“This seminar reaffirms many ideas and information, and gives us answers to many of the questions nonunion workers pose to us. It was also useful because in spelled out in black and white just what kind of power and back up we can expect from our Teamsters Union,” said Marge Vosburgh, a member of Local 264. “Please keep these seminars coming, they are great!”
David Zeck, a member of Buffalo-based Local 375, also learned a great deal from the training.
“This seminar was great—an all day open discussion with lots of valuable information. The seminar gave me more knowledge on about our union and how to talk with nonunion workers,” Zeck said. “It also furthered my knowledge on our union as an organization that will, in turn, help me to do my part and help grow our union.”