A good year for contracts and elections

Secretary-Treasurer's Report - Holiday 2018

Another year comes to an end. It is hard to believe, but it is time to turn the page on 2018 and welcome in 2019.

I’m pleased to report that 2018 was another good year for our Local. We have negotiated numerous contracts this past year, and many of them with historic settlements. We continue to set the standard across the country in many industries. We also continued our success in organizing and getting first contracts for our new brothers and sisters.

The past year was also a watershed year in the world of politics. Locally, we elected numerous pro-labor candidates, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Our retired Business Agent, Chuck Davis, and his wife helped to raise London; she is a Teamster through and through.

In the state elections, we also helped elect many pro-labor candidates, including our old friend from San Francisco, Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom.

But probably the most important elections in the past year involved taking back the House of Representatives for the Democrats. Having the House in more labor-friendly hands should hopefully put a check on this anti-worker President!

This brings me to the Teamsters Political Action fund known as D.R.I.V.E. (Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education). I cannot overstate how important it is for you to c o n t r i b u t e to D.R.I.V.E. This Local has committed to making every effort to help support D.R.I.V.E. in the coming year.

The past year has also, sadly, been a rough one for many Teamster families who have lost everything in the recent fires—in both southern and northern California. To help those families through this period, we should keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this holiday season and try to contribute to the many charities that can help, including Teamsters All-Charities. Please see the green box to send a donation to the All-Charities Fund.

I would like to thank all of you for your support during the past year and wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season.