TEAMSTERS 

Local Union No. 455

10 Lakeside Lane, Suite 3A

Denver, CO  80212

303-458-1600 Phone

800-871-0435 Toll Free

303-480-1015 Fax

 

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8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.   

 

Welcome to the official site of Teamsters

Local Union No. 455.  This site was created

for the purpose of providing information

for our members as well as anyone

interested in union activities. 

Affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Joint Council #3
STEVEN P. VAIRMA - SECRETARY TREASURER WALLACE C. HALIBURTON - PRESIDENT

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Principal Officer's Message 

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This merger makes sense for the members.

Merging 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 strong union.

While neither union had to merge, the move will have a positive impact upon thousands of Colorado Teamsters.

A Stronger Voice for Workers

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.

Strike Fund

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.

Standing Up to Tough Bosses

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.

Serving the Members

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.

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