General Secretary-Treasurer Tom Keegel and I extend our best wishes for a happy holiday season to our Teamster brothers and sisters and all their families. You deserve it after working so hard in 2010 to keep our union strong and united during these tough economic times. We are confident that the New Year has great things in store for all of us.
As we close out 2010, we look back with pride on what we have accomplished. We have had great Teamster organizing victories at Continental Airlines, KAG West, CVS, Pasco County in Florida, just to name a few. Our extremely successful school bus campaign continues to rack up victories.
But we suffered a tremendous loss on Aug. 3, when eight innocent people were gunned down in the warehouse of a beer distributorship. Seven of those killed were Teamsters, members of Local 1035 in South Windsor, Conn. Almost all of the victims were nearing retirement after a lifetime of hard work. We have these fallen brothers and their families in our hearts this season.
We are proud of how our union came together to help out the families, friends and co-workers of the slain Local 1035 members.
Our union is great because of you. For your dedication to our union, we are eternally grateful.
May this holiday season bring you great happiness and peace. And let’s look forward to making 2011 our best year yet!
James P. Hoffa, General President