The 2017 Teamster's Women's Conference kicked off Sunday, in San Antonio, Texas where over a thousand Teamster women gathered from all across North America in solidarity and unity of sisterhood. The three-day annual conference perfectly themed "Teamster Women Spur Change", provides the opportunity for women of all backgrounds to unite and empower one another through educational workshops, panels, and social activities.
"Our conference is themed 'Teamster Women Spur Change' because Teamsters don't sit by and wait for change; we go out and make it happen." said Becky Strzechowski, Director of the Teamsters Women's Conference.
Teamster women filled every seat in the Texas Ballroom set inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel, and sharing their incredible stories of strength, tenacity, and dedication to what they stand for - equality, diversity, fair wages, for all members to be valued, and their commitment to helping improve the lives of others.
Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President, expressed his appreciation and commended the enthusiasm and energy from all the strong trailblazing women who are fighting injustice, standing up for worker's rights, pushing for political change, and taking on leadership roles.
"We have major fights ahead of us to protect everything we stand for, and we have full confidence in the strong Teamsters sisters of our union. And together, we will spur change." said Hoffa
Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer, presented the Barbara Liddy Teamster Woman Activist Award to Secretary-Treasurer Leticia Acosta of Teamster Local 657 and Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council 58 for dedicating more than 30 years of her life to building a stronger Teamster Union and advocating for her sisters and brothers to have voice and respect all workers deserve.
"Ladies, if it's in your mind go out there and FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!" said Acosta
The opening day of the 2017 Women's Conference set a certain tone for what the days ahead will bring, the tone of empowerment, inspiration, and belief, that there is no glass ceiling that a woman cannot break.