Brothers and Sisters:
When workers go on strike, it is the ultimate test of union solidarity. Who crosses the line and who is willing to risk their livelihood to stand together with their brothers and sisters makes all the difference.
But you don’t need a picket line to show union solidarity. Solidarity is also about giving back to your community.
GIVING THE GIFT OF LIFE
On November 16, dozens of Teamsters and their family members donated more than 75 pints of blood to the Cascade Regional Blood Services as a part of Local 117’s annual blood drive. Giving blood saves lives. Over the last 20 years, thousands of Teamsters have donated their blood during our blood drive. That’s union solidarity.
Giving blood saves lives. Over the last 20 years, thousands of Teamsters have donated their blood during our blood drive. That’s union solidarity.
MEMBERS TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN
There are countless other ways to show your solidarity. At Food Services of America, Jason Stepner, a longtime Shop Steward, took union solidarity to a whole new level. Stepner rallied together his co-workers in support of a fellow member who was unable to work and in danger of losing his home. Stepner figured that if everyone chipped in $5 per pay period, they could collectively pay his mortgage.
Teamster taxi drivers are also getting into the act. This holiday season, drivers have collected thousands of dollars that they will be donating to the Northwest Harvest food bank.
For our annual holiday membership meeting on Dec. 19, a group of Teamsters at Fred Meyer are holding a raffle to benefit the Arthritis Foundation in honor of a Local 117 member who is suffering from the disease. Raffle tickets are $1. Prizes include a framed drawing of Hoffas Jr. and Sr. as well as a Fred Meyer gift card.
Other ways to show your union solidarity this holiday season:
- Donating toys to the Teamsters for Tomorrow Toy Drive.
- Bringing canned food to your local food bank
- Donate supplies, clothing, or food to homeless families.
Thank you so much for your service to our communities. I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous holiday season.
Tracey A. Thompson
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