I am here at the Women’s Conference in New Orleans so that I can be a vessel to teach other Teamsters and other workers what I’ve learned here. It’s about empowerment.
The 2013 Teamsters Women’s Conference kicked off in New Orleans on Thursday, uniting 1,000 Teamster women across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico in the spirit of solidarity.
Darlene Hoy, who is a Local 213 member and the only woman among her 50 coworkers, has a demanding job as a rock truck driver. Local 890 member Eleanor Pineda, who has been a Teamster for 52 years, drives a farm labor bus for Dole Fresh Foods. Each of these members has a story to tell—a story of perseverance, resilience, hardship and triumph.
Note: This is a first-person account of Kelly Rivera-Craine, a member of Teamsters Local 332 in Flint, Mich. She is attending the Teamsters Women’s Conference in San Francisco.
I love coming to the Women’s Conference! It gets me pumped up and motivated. We went through negotiations this year at Genesys Health System, where I work as a registered nurse. This conference gets me recharged and ready to go back to my local and my job. We are excited to have 20 women here from Local 332.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa addressed the Women’s Conference on Friday, the second day of the annual event, held in San Francisco. View more photos.