On April 22, fifty Teamsters from New England attended the Teamsters United Education Conference.
The featured speaker was International Union Vice President John Palmer who told members, “Teamsters United stands for building union power by involving the members, because that’s where our power comes from. The employers and the politicians have the money. We’ve got the numbers.”
The conference featured workshops on shop floor organizing, standing up to supervisors, grievance handling, and contract enforcement.
UPS Teamsters held a meeting on upcoming contract negotiations. “Hoffa and O’Brien may control the bargaining, but they can’t pass a contract without a vote of the members,” said Tim Sylvester. “That gives UPS Teamsters the leverage to beat givebacks and win improvements, if we’re organized and united.”
Members discussed contract issues, began making regional organizing plans, and signed up to join the Teamsters United UPS Contract Network to build and strengthen our national network.
Teamsters United is holding more education conferences.