President’s Report

Staying Teamster-strong through COVID-19

We are experiencing unprecedented and historic times. None of us have seen anything like this pandemic and hopefully, we won’t have to experience it again. The threat of COVID-19 is something that many of us didn’t really take seriously at first. As the virus spread, and our political leaders started to acknowledge its seriousness, our world, as we know it, has experienced incredible changes.

Many of our members are working long hours making sure essential items are in place for the general public and for medical facilities.

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He’s back!

I am pleased to report that I have returned to my elected position as Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council 7. On December 23, 2019, my friend and partner, Rome Aloise, has been re-installed and affirmed by a vote of the Joint Council 7 delegates, resuming his former elected position as your President.

In December of 2017, I felt it was my responsibility and duty to step up to the President’s position during Rome’s absence.

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Good news/Bad news

The good news is that, according to Gallup Polls,  public approval of unions jumped to 64% this year, putting it near its 50-year high. The bad news is that since 1979, union representation of workers has dropped by more than half, descending from 27% to less than 11%. Half of Americans believe that the decline in union representation is bad for working people.

“It’s been a decades-long attack on working people,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler.

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Annual Joint Council seminar brings solidarity, education

Our 38th annual Joint Council Seminar was just held in mid-June. This was our eighth seminar since the merger of Joint Council 38 and 7. The educational programs are excellent and the seminar always provides the opportunity for Representatives and Executive Board Members to learn and be exposed to the most recent legal, legislative, union and pwension plan developments. It also gives us all a chance to get to know each other and compare notes.

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Joint Council leaders take national stage; events to note

The Joint Council continues to move forward in 2019 on many fronts.

The Cannabis campaign has proven to be challenging with an ever-changing interpretation of the statutes, as well as the many community regulations throughout the state. We are fortunate to have our own Kristin Heidelbach-Teramoto as the Director of the Cannabis Division and Representative Jennifer Schwab, both working out of our Joint Council. In fact, Kristin was listed as one of the top women in the industry,

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Rome Aloise, President