This merger makes sense for the members.
Locals 435 and 537 Adds Power For Everyone
The decision to merge Locals 435 and 537 was
not taken lightly. The membership of both local unions has
worked hard, in their own right, to build the resources that make a
While neither union had to merge, the move
will have a positive impact upon thousands of Colorado Teamsters.
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First and foremost, the merger will increase
our political power. Elected officials listen to the interests
of those who have the most strength. Though Local 435 and 537
each had their own impressive strength, together we are an unmatched
force in Colorado politics.
To emphasize this new power, Local 537
Secretary Treasurer Ted Textor has agreed to be the full-time
Political Director of the newly merged local. I am very
excited about Ted's decision and know that he will help us further
with our legislative agenda.
There are more advantages than
just the obvious political ones.
The merger will create a
central strike fund with a value of more than $3 million. In
the event of a strike, Colorado Teamsters will receive $100 the
first week and $125 each week thereafter, in addition to
strike funds received from the International Union.
I can't say enough about this
important benefit. Few Teamster locals across the country have
their own strike fund. Our strike fund means that employers
have to respect our strength.
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They know that we can withhold our labor and
still feed our families. This is going to result in stronger
contracts, especially when contract negotiations get difficult.
In the end, the decision to merge began and
ended with the rank-and-file members of both Local 435 and 537.
The leadership listened to the members ideas
of how to increase our power, brought the merger idea to each local
union's Executive Board, and then with Board approval, Local 435 and
Local 537's memberships voted to approve the merger.
That's how local unions should work.
Locals 435 and 537 have a strong record of serving the members'
interests and promoting union democracy. That's one thing that
will never change. Remember, UNITED WE WIN.