On May 21, the Local 856 Young Teamsters Committee held an event in San Francisco aimed at building involvement among the Local’s younger members.
The Committee, which was founded in 2012, unites younger Teamsters from all backgrounds and industries to not only protect, but also build upon, the hard-fought gains of previous generations, such as health and welfare, retirement security, and fair wages.
“Getting younger members involved is critical to the future of our union, and the labor movement as a whole,” said Teamsters 856 Political Director Trish Blinstrub. “It’s important that we create opportunities to bring young members together that foster solidarity and unity,” she said.
At the gathering, Teamsters ages 35 and under from such industries as freight, hotel, healthcare, and non-profit, had the opportunity to meet and talk with each other about their on-the-job issues and share perspectives on problem solving.
“These kinds of events help build our Union family,” said Vice President Rudy Gonzalez. “It was fantastic to see members who normally wouldn’t have a chance to interact get to know each other and learn about each other’s work,” he said.
If you would like to get involved in the Local 856 Young Teamsters Committee, contact Trish Blinstrub at (650) 635-0111 x7730 or Trish@ibt856.org for more information.