Starting our second term as your elected Officers and Business Agents I took a moment to reflect on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going as a Local Union.
Prior to taking office in 2015 the Local was in turmoil; the officers and agents were divided, there was in-house fighting, grievances were unresolved, contracts were expired The Local’s financial resources were dwindling. In 2014 we asked for your support to restore Local 776 to it’s former self and you responded, putting your trust in us to fix the Local’s ills.
In our past term we immediately set out to clear up the backlog of grievances, negotiate contracts that had been languishing, some for a year or more, and build a strong Local that the members could once again be proud of. With the addition of an organizer we began to grow the membership. We have been fiscally responsible in the use of Local Union resources and have grown those resources without cutting any services or functions for the members. Our Union Halls have been repaired and are a source of pride to the membership. In late 2017 we again asked for your support at election time. Pleased with the work we had done in the past 2 ½ years you again overwhelmingly responded: showing your trust in us and allowing us to continue to serve you doing the work at the Local.
Looking ahead the times will not be easy. Many national as well as local “White Paper” contracts are in the process of negotiation, with more coming due for negotiation in the coming year. We remain committed to obtaining the best contract possible and then enforcing it after ratification no matter the size or scope of your collective bargaining unit. There will be more challenges against Union’s right to organize and collectively bargain for their members. The officers, Business Agents, and myself remain committed to serving you, the members with the highest degree of professionalism that you have come to expect from us.
President, Teamsters Local 776