Teamsters Statement on San Bernardino County Shootings
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union is deeply saddened by the tragic event in San Bernardino County, Calif., which has taken the lives of 14 people, injured 21 and shaken the community at large.
As the news continues to unfold, we are saddened to learn that some of the victims were members of Teamsters Local 1932.
“Today is a sad day, as we join the San Bernardino community with a heavy heart in mourning this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President.
Teamsters Local 1932 in San Bernardino represents more than 11,000 San Bernardino County public employees working at hospitals, in public works, health services departments, correctional facilities and in dozens of other public positions throughout the county.
“San Bernardino County public employees go to work every day to serve, protect and provide for our county. It is heartbreaking that innocent lives have been lost to a gruesome act of violence,” said Deirdre Rodriguez, General Manager of Local 1932. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and loved ones, and we express our gratitude to the first responders who rushed to the scene to help.”
“We are distraught by the violence that has claimed the lives of hardworking San Bernardino County public employees and that has injured many,” said Randy Cammack, President of Teamsters Joint Council 42 in Pomona, Calif., the parent body to 22 local unions, including Local 1932. “Our condolences go to all who have been affected.”
Teamsters Joint Council 42 will be setting up a fund for families of the victims. More details will be provided as soon as they become available.
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