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Long-time legislative advocate Barry Broad retires

Joint Council 7 extends our warmest congratulations to Mr. Barry Broad, Legislative Director at the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council (CTPAC) on his upcoming retirement. Barry will retire at the end of 2018, after having worked for CTPAC for the past 35 years. Barry has been a ubiquitous presence in Teamster political life here in California and will be greatly missed. 

After finishing law school at UC Davis, Barry went to work as a lawyer and lobbyist for the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council,

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2018: The legislative session in review

By all measures, 2018 was an incredibly successful year for the California Teamsters. We were able to accomplish our biggest legislative priorities, and in a midterm election year, we saw Democratic super-majorities increase in both the Assembly and Senate. Teamster-backed candidates also largely prevailed in their state and congressional races. With super-majorities in both houses of the Legislature, we are well-positioned for 2019.

Below are some of our most important accomplishments this year.

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Wealthy corporate interests continue assault on working people’s freedoms; members have power in numbers to fight back

Corporations and wealthy special interests continue to ramp up their attacks on the freedoms of working people by forcing through extreme changes in law intended to destroy workers’ rights to stand together in unions.

Unions may be the only counterbalance to the growing power of corporate CEOs and the politicians they bankroll. Unions give workers a seat at the table to negotiate with bosses for fair pay, decent benefits and safe working conditions.

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Keeping health care prices down—another good example of why Teamsters do politics

For the fifth year in a row, the availability and affordability of health care topped the list of concerns in a nationwide Gallup poll conducted in May.  Health care ranked higher on the list than crime and violence, the economy, unemployment, the quality of the environment, and many other issues.

This should be no surprise to any Teamster.  The rising cost of healthcare is front-and-center in every contract we negotiate, eating away at money we could otherwise put into raises and our pensions.

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