TEAMSTER Action

August / September 2014
Newsletter Volume 59, Number 3

Annual JC7 seminar tunes up Business Agent and officer skills

Photo of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom addressing Joint Council 7 Teamsters.

On June 4-6, Teamster Business Agents and Local Officials from across Joint Council 7 turned out in Lake Tahoe for their annual educational seminar. They attended numerous workshops taught by the lawyers from the Beeson Tayer & Bodine law firm, and heard from the Joint Council about the latest in orgainizing, legislative action, the healthy status of Western Conference of Teamster pensions, and new rules regarding safety and behavioral health from TAP and TARP. Attendees were also treated to a fascinating overview of Teamster history from IBT historian Karin Jones.

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom opened his speech to the group by quoting ancient Greek historian Plutarch, who wrote that “income inequality is the demise of Republics.” Clearly, little has changed in thousands of years! As he thanked the Teamsters for our activism, he added, “We all have responsibility to change the present to make a better future.”