Brothers and Sisters:
I recently spent two amazing days with over three hundred labor leaders, community activists, faith leaders and environmentalists from across the country. The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of regional advocacy leaders who are committed to working together for economic, racial and environmental justice. The Partnership provides a voice for working families, promoting policies that create quality jobs and thriving, healthy communities.
It is not surprising that a significant focus of the two-day summit was civic engagement. Your Union has long understood that if we are to succeed in protecting the rights and improving the lives of our members and all working families in our region, we must actively engage our members in the political process, both locally and state-wide.
TEAMSTERS ENGAGING IN POLITICAL ACTION
On January 28, we had our first Lobby Day of this year’s legislative session. More than 70 Teamsters from across our Union met with their representatives throughout the day. We asked legislators to support a range of issues, impacting members in the public sector, the private sector, and the DOC.
On February 20, the Joint Council of Teamsters will be having a Lobby Day where Teamsters from local unions around the State will be speaking to their legislators about issues that affect Teamster families state-wide.
This is the power of the Teamsters. Members from the public sector, private sector, and the DOC - and from different local unions - speaking together with one powerful, united voice.
The common thread of our political program is our steadfast commitment to engage our members in civic activities to protect and expand the rights of all working people. That is the work of our Union, and that is why we fight.
I encourage you to join us in that fight.
Tracey A. Thompson