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.