Members of a New York-based Teamsters local blasted their union leadership for raising their own salaries, in addition to misusing union funds, threats and lies, according to fliers handed out at union-represented worksites in the New York area earlier this week.
Teamsters local 812, based in Great Neck, New York---a suburb of New York City---represents primarily soft drink and brewery workers.
Last year, according to financial records on file with the U.S. Department of Labor, the union claimed 3,504 members and the average Local 812 union members paid over $1,060 in dues, fees, or assessments according to the DOL records.
Since New York is not a Right-to-Work state, the union was able to require payment from the workers or have them terminated from their jobs if they refused.
With their pension fund is in critical status, as is required by law, the union sent out a notice to all affected members last year stating, "that by the 2018 Plan Year, contributions are not expected to be high enough to meet government standards for funding promised benefits plus those benefits that participants are currently earning."
Given that their pensions may run out of money in a few short years and more than $1,000 coming out of their paychecks to fund the union, members facing an uncertain future appear disgruntled and disgusted at their union leaders for a variety of issues, including misusing union funds, raising their own salaries, lying to members, as well as threatening to a union shop steward at a Anheuser Bush facility in the Bronx.
So disgruntled, in fact, that several members were handing these fliers out at least one Local 812-represented worksite:
That Teamster 'fat cats' would enrich themselves at the expense of their members is nothing new.
However, for members to air their grievances against union 'fat cats' is such a public way is rather unusual.
"Truth isn't mean. It's truth."
Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)
Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com