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“A Life-Changing Experience”: Local 174 Members Return from Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

For Teamsters Local 174 member Ben Narayan, the decision to go down to Puerto Rico and help with hurricane relief was easy.

“I saw on CNN that the Mayor down there was pleading ‘we can’t move the containers, we don’t have truck drivers.’ Well the Teamsters are built on trucking – it’s the backbone of our Union,” said Ben, a 30-year Teamster who now works at Safeway. “I said ‘we need to be helping these people by sending truck drivers down.’”

For Local 174 Senior Business Agent and Recording Secretary Carl Gasca, on the other hand, it took a little bit more convincing. “I’m a pretty boy,” Carl joked. “I don’t go camping. I don’t share a bathroom.” Still, the prospect of helping people who had lost everything to Hurricane Maria was something that even “pretty boy” Carl Gasca could not resist.

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