Over the last month, representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters D.R.I.V.E. program visited Local 856 members at their worksites to speak about how the program supports Teamsters’ efforts to fight for workers’ rights through the political process.
D.R.I.V.E. stands for Democrat, Republican, Independent, Voter Education and is the Teamsters’ political action committee. It is the way Teamsters fight for what is important to members and their families like improving job safety, fighting for affordable childcare, and stopping abuses by corporate health providers and insurance companies.
In two weeks, 89 Local 856 members who work at Northwest Administrators, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa County and multiple hotels in San Francisco signed up to become D.R.I.V.E. contributors. This means over $7,000 will go to grassroots political action and aggressive lobbying and help stop attacks on workers. In an election year as big as 2020, contributing to D.R.I.V.E. is more important now than ever to help elect candidates who will stand with working people.