Occupy Wall Street
One of the youngest top officers in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Jason Ide acts as President of Teamsters Local 814, which includes more than 1,000 members from throughout the greater New York City area. Elected in 2010 at age 28, he negotiates and files grievances on more than 30 contracts and represents members at arbitration proceedings. Most of the union members work for moving companies, while others handle art and collectibles at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses or move items for furniture installation and delivery firms. Prior to his present position, Jason Ide moved art and antiques for six years at Sotheby’s.At the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science while studying political and labor history, Mr. Ide joined Students Organizing for Labor Equality (SOLE). With this group, Jason Ide generated support for strikes during campus labor disputes. When the Lecturers Union went on strike, he organized more than 500 students to join the picket line. In 2011 and 2012, Jason Ide led the negotiations to consummate a contract with Christie’s and to end the 10-month lockout at Sotheby’s. Under his leadership, union members at the latter auction house accepted a new contract that included pay raises and maintained retirement and health benefits.With the Teamsters Local 814, Jason Ide merged the union’s Medical Fund into a larger fund, saving it from imminent dissolution and providing members with Blue Cross/Blue Shield network access. He also stabilized the group’s finances and benefits and increased contract enforcement. In addition, Jason Ide negotiated a Moving and Storing Contract, raising wages and bolstering the pension funds of 800 union members. A trustee of the Teamsters Local 814 Welfare, Pension & Annuity Funds and the Northern New Jersey Teamsters Benefit Plan, he also sits on Joint Council 16’s Political Outreach Committee and has participated in Occupy Wall Street.
Jan 2010 - Present
Teamsters Local 814
I was elected to this position in 2010 after working as a member in the Local for six years. Elected at age twenty-eight, I am one of the youngest principal officers in the Teamsters Union. During those six years, I worked as Sotheby's auction house as an art mover and served as alternate steward and on the Union's bargaining committee. As a member of the bargaining committee, I organized the first contract campaign at Sotheby's, which delivered the largest wage increases that the members at the auction house had received in over a decade. As President of Local 814, I represent over 1,000 members in the New York City area. The majority of these members work for our twenty-four commercial moving companies, while others work for Sotheby's and Christie's Auction houses and various other employers.
My main responsibility is negotiating thirty-one contract on behalf of one-thousand workers. I also help enforce those contracts by filing grievances and defending members at arbitration. I also sit as a Trustee on the Teamsters Local 814 Pension and Annuity Funds, as well as on the Northern New Jersey Teamsters Benefit Plan. I also serve on the Political Outreach Committee for Joint Council 16, and have been involved in Occupy Wall Street.
AchievementsNegotiating a strong Moving and Storage Contract covered eight hundred members that raised wages and secured the Pension Fund. I also saved the Local 814 Medical Fund from imminent collapse by merging in into a larger fund, and was thereby able to reinstate previously cut benefits and give members access to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Network. In two years, I was able to stabilize the finances of the Local Union, pay off our back debts, stabilize the benefits, improve contract and increase contract enforcement. I am also leading a contract fight with Sotheby's auction house, which has garnered strong international support, media attention and support from Occupy Wall Street. The dispute is ongoing.
Dec 2004 - Jan 2010
I moved art and antiques for the auction house. I was also an active members of Teamsters Local 814, alternate steward and was elected to the bargaining committee.
Jan 2000 - Jan 2004
University of Michigan
As a member of Students Organizing for Labor Equality (SOLE), I organized strike support for labor disputes on campus. During a strike of the Lecturers Union (LEO), I organized over 500 students to walk the picket line in support of their demands for fair wages and benefits. I also studied labor history and political theory, and received a degree in political science.