Municipal employees in the New York state towns of Wappinger and Fishkill are among our newest Teamsters, joining Local 445 in Newburgh. The workers in Fishkill are employed by the Highway Department and in Wappinger by the Clerical Department. Adrian Huff, Local 445 Secretary-Treasurer, says the Local has organized nearly 1,400 people in four years. Congratulations!
It was a big deal (editing Joe Biden here) when President Obama signed the health care reform bill. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa supported the bill because it provides health insurance to millions of Americans who don't have it and controlling costs for millions more who do.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey has introduced a bill that would address problems with multi-employer pension plans. Casey's bill would protect pension payments of retirees of failed businesses, AND, assist companies like YRC Worldwide Inc. You can read Casey's bill here.
- You never know where you'll find a copy of Teamster magazine. This photo was taken in the Manhattan (New York) Borough Rent Office.
Water management workers in Chicago have been forced to take a furlough day in violation of their contract while private contractors were doing their jobs! The Teamsters rallied today in front of the Department of Water Management. Let's hope this unfair situation gets resolved soon.