Teamsters throughout the country are mourning the death of Robert Morales, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 350 in Daly City, Calif., who also served as the first and only Director of the union’s Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. Morales died January 26, 2015.
Morales also served as Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council 7 and as a committee member for various trusts and PACs as well as past member on numerous boards and commissions.
“Bob Morales was a dedicated Teamster and labor leader for decades, helping to lift up workers at his own local and workers throughout the United States,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “He had years of experience bargaining and organizing, as well as inspiring Teamsters across the country, which is a major reason why I appointed him to serve as Director of the new Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division in September of 2006. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on.”
Morales’ friend of 37 years, Ernie Yates, former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 665 in San Francisco, said Morales was made from a “special mold.”
“He was so dedicated to our movement. We talk about being available 24-7, but Bob actually lived it. He built a political base that enabled him to reach out to elected officials. Bob was the man who would come in to help and he would get it done,” Yates said.