Lights, Camera, New Hampshire: How Movies Can Move The Economy

Image from Amy Clarke Films
Image from Amy Clarke Films

Image from Amy Clarke Films

Do you like movies? I love movies.  I stood in line for hours just to get into a midnight showing of Star Wars (yes, I am a nerd).  I am the reason they make four-disc versions of the Lord of the Rings.  I love to see how movies are made.   Movie making is fun, interesting, and a huge economic boost to local communities.

The average cost just to make a movie is around $35 million.  That is small change compared to the $100 million for major studio motion pictures.  That does not even include the $40-$50 million you need to distribute and promote each movie.

Can you imagine what that money would for to the New Hampshire economy?

That is why people in New Hampshire are working to draw movie-makers to New Hampshire.   Rep Jeffery Goley has submitted HB 540 as a way to create jobs and boost our economy.

HB 540:  This bill establishes a credit against business profits taxes for motion picture production expenditures made in New Hampshire.

In simple terms this means that the state will offer a tax break to motion picture companies who come and film movies here.  Normally I am against most of these types of tax breaks, because they usually only benefits the corporations.  This one is very different.

This is exactly what is happening in New Orleans.

Louisiana’s growing industry has contributed to the continued success of new film production in the United States by leveraging assets that are economically and culturally advantageous to the industry, specifically during times of economic uncertainty. In addition to the generous tax credit, Louisiana has been able to attract and retain consistent film production into the state with the growth of skilled workforce, new infrastructure, and versatility and diversity of locations.

The film production tax credit program was designed to cultivate and sustain a thriving film production industry in Louisiana – and it’s been very successful,” said Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development. “Louisiana is now No. 3 in the country in film production activity, and the industry supports thousands of jobs in Louisiana that previously did not exist. In fact, third-party economists have estimated the economic impact of film tax credits in Louisiana to be nearly six times the fiscal cost of the tax credits”  (From Forbes)

Lowering the tax for film production has already boosted the local economy in New Orleans. Is there a possibility reducing the tax rate for film producers would result in a loss for New Hampshire? Of course there is; however, there is a significant difference between the film industry and other industries.  The film industry spends millions making a movie and the majority of that money goes to workers. The production company only makes a profit after the film is released.

That brings me back to the $35 million average for film production.

Where does that $35 million go?  How would that $35 million be spent here in NH? The short answer is: people and places.  The production company needs to hire workers to do the filming, and rent places to shoot the scenes.

IATSE 481 Jobs

IATSE 481 Jobs

This is another reason I support this bill.  The jobs we are talking about are not minimum wage Walmart jobs, these are good union wage jobs. The majority of these jobs would go to IATSE members.   IATSE represents over 113,000 stage hands nationwide, who do almost everything except act in the movie.  They represent everyone from the microphone operators to the cinematographers.  They are also the people who build the amazing sets.

Other unions are involved in making a movie:

  • The Screen Actors Guild  (SAG_AFSTRA) represents most of the actors, stunt people, and dancers on the big and small screen.
  • The Screen Writers Guild – that one is a given. (To be eligible for an Academy Award, the writer has to be a member of SWG)
  • The Teamsters are usually tasked with all transportation of people and equipment.
  • The IBEW ensures that all wiring is done correctly and meets safety regulations. They also work with the IATSE crew to provide lighting on and off the set.

There are tons of other union jobs that are used in a movie production.  Movie companies reach out to local unions for police, fire, and EMT details.  There are also unions who represent hair, makeup, and visual effects artists.

Another area that can only be handled by local small businesses: the food!  Every production has food catered for the actors and the crew.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars would be pushed right into local restaurants to deliver food for hundreds of people.  This is something only the local community can provide.

The more movies are filmed in New Hampshire, the more jobs we would create and the more we would boost our local economy.  This bill is an absolute win-win for New Hampshire. I encourage you to contact the NH House Ways and Means Committee and tell them to pass this bill today!

After Months Of Delay, The State Employees Association and The State Reach A Tentative Agreement

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Following an explanation of the Hassan administration’s proposal for a new employment contract with over 7800 employees, the State Employees’ Association’s (SEA) Collective Bargaining Senate voted to accept this proposal as a tentative agreement (TA). They will now send this TA to the full membership for a vote with a recommendation to approve.

The state and employee contract bargaining teams began meeting in January 2013. On June 20, the SEA Bargaining Team presented an initial proposal to the SEA Bargaining Senate that produced a number of questions and concerns. Due to the complexities and uncertainties of proposed provisions, the Bargaining Senate asked the team to return to the bargaining table.

The main sticking points, a new health care plan design and dramatic changes to sick leave provisions, have been addressed and an amicable compromise has been met.  The State withdrew its proposed changes to sick leave accruals and SEA members will receive a 6% wage increase in three increments between now and 2015. The most significant change came from the members’ commitment to be “all in to win.”

“Throughout the recession, New Hampshire’s dedicated and hard-working state employees pitched in by giving up pay raises, paying more for their health care and doing more with less as the state workforce dropped by 1100 positions,” said Governor Hassan. “This is a fair agreement for both employees and taxpayers that will provide the first cost-of-living raises for employees in five years and provide important healthcare savings to the state.”

The employees’ health benefits will now include first ever deductibles for individual and family plans and a new site of service provision that is designed to further curtail medical costs.  The agreement includes a new health promotions program designed to encourage employees to adopt healthier behaviors. The settlement also includes a stand-alone dental benefit for which employees will pay monthly premiums. “We have long recognized the need to take a more active role in managing our own health and the associated costs,” said Linda Huard, a member of the SEA’s bargaining team. “The steps we have already taken over the last few years have netted more than $60 million in savings for the state.” Both the state and the SEA representatives agree that the institution of new contractual incentives for preventive care in the contract will result in better health outcomes.

“Encouraging preventive care, through basic measures like flu shots and physicals, and improving the coordination of health care will strengthen the well-being of state employees and help generate significant savings for the state,” said Governor Hassan.  “By coming together and working constructively, we have successfully achieved our shared goals of providing additional support to our state employees while strengthening the state’s long-term financial outlook through an innovative approach to reducing healthcare costs.“

“I (Governor Hassan) thank the SEA leadership team and state negotiators for their good-faith efforts to find common ground and reach a deal, within the constraints of the state budget, that is fair to all parties.”

“This has been a long process – longer than what either side would have wanted,” said Diana Lacey, president of the SEA. “The state experienced significant challenges with new software and staff shortages. It delayed their ability to produce the data we needed to analyze in order to reach this compromise. In the end, after five years without a raise, I think we have arrived at a proposal that is fair and will allow the state employees to continue to provide critical services for NH residents, while supporting their own families, too.”

“We know it took us longer to get here than the rest of the unions, but in our “all in” spirit, we have struck a deal that will better benefit the people of NH, and the rest of the employees covered by our health plan,” said Jim Nall, chair of the Executive Branch Master Bargaining Team. “The settlement gives both the employees and employer a solid stake at further lowering health costs and frees up money for wages that employees desperately need.”

SEA representatives will begin visiting worksites to discuss the proposed changes in more detail with rank and file members.  The union and the state hope to have a ratified contract in time for the health insurance provider’s open enrollment period, later in November.

Teamsters Local 633 Endorses Patrick Arnold for Mayor

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Manchester – Teamsters Local 633 announced its endorsement of Patrick Arnold for mayor of Manchester, citing Alderman Arnold’s vision for a better Manchester.

“Our members, who represent city employees, drivers, school administrators, and other workers, voted overwhelmingly to endorse Alderman Arnold in his race for mayor because we all believe that Patrick will fight to restore, renew, and reform our great city. We know that we can do better than current leadership at City Hall. On November 5, we encourage all Manchester voters to vote for Patrick Arnold and we look forward to better jobs, stronger schools, and safer streets under his leadership,” said Teamsters Local 633 Secretary-Treasurer David Laughton.

Patrick Arnold added, “I’m proud to have the support of the working men and women from Local 633 and our grassroots campaign is stronger with the Teamsters on our side. Together we can, we must, and we will do better for Manchester’s future.”

In addition to the Teamsters Local 633, Patrick Arnold has earned the endorsement of the following organizations: New Hampshire Young Democrats, Manchester Education Association, National Education Association – New Hampshire, Manchester Professional Fire Fighters, IBEW Local 2320, IBEW Local 490, Ironworkers Local 7, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, State Employees’ Association, Steel Workers Local 8938 and hundreds of grassroots activists.

For a full list of endorsements, visit: www.arnoldformayor.com/endorsements

 

 

Tentative Agreement Reached for 6,500 Agents at US Airways

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Washington, D.C. — The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reached a tentative agreement covering 6,500 passenger service employees at US Airways. The IBT and CWA together represent the reservations and airport agents.

The tentative agreement provides for wage increases at every step for all passenger service employees and includes a ratification bonus. It also provides critical job security protections, an important issue for workers as the US Airways- American Airlines merger goes forward.

Agents from US Airways and American Airlines have launched a joint campaign to make certain they have a strong union voice at the merged airline.

‘“Working together, passenger service employees at US Airways have built a strong, united group that will continue to make advances for all agents as the US Airways-American Airlines merger proceeds,” said CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins.

 

A ratification vote is being scheduled.

 

Teamsters Union Ratifies State Contract

CONCORD – Teamsters Local 633, one of four unions representing state employees, has ratified the two-year contract agreement with the State of New Hampshire, which will provide the first cost-of-living pay increases in five years and help reduce the state’s projected growth in healthcare costs.

Teamsters Local 633 represents over 300 state employees in the Department of Corrections, including Corrections Officers and Corrections Corporals.

“Our people cannot truly be safe and justice cannot fully be done without a strong and effective corrections system, and our corrections officers are the backbone of that system, providing a safe, secure and humane correctional system that respects the victims of crime and helps individuals safely move back into society when they have served their sentences,” Governor Hassan said. “I thank Teamsters Local 633 for working with the state to reach this fair agreement that will create important healthcare savings for the state and provide an important boost for our corrections officers and their families.”

David Laughton, Secretary Treasurer for Teamsters Local 633 said, “We believe that this contract represents a fair compromise in rewarding these state employees for their hard work and dedication while recognizing the difficult economic times that we all face.”

In return, employees are agreeing to take a more active role in managing their health and healthcare costs. The state will switch to a site-of-service plan, where certain services employees will have the option to go to select providers or pay a deductible. In exchange for working to improve their own health through activities such as taking a health assessment test, getting a physical, getting a flu shot or having their blood pressure checked, employees earn up to $500 a year through a health reimbursement account and a wellness reimbursement program. This money can be used for healthcare expenses such as deductibles or eye glasses. Employees also agreed to contribute toward their dental plan for the first time.

The changes will help reduce the state’s future liability for the federal “Cadillac tax” on health plans, scheduled to go into effect in 2018.

Employees also agreed to changes in sick-leave policies in return for a short-term disability policy.

This S#*^ Needs To Stop Before We Completely Destroy Each Other

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Secretly I have been watching the situation unfold at US Airways.  No I am not taking a trip. I have been following this because I am very dishearten to hear that the Teamsters are moving in to try to take the representation rights away from the Transportation Workers Union.

I was first alerted to this when I got a press release with this title, “Teamsters Raid on American Airlines Mechanics and Related Workers”.  If you follow this blog regularly you probably already know that I did not post this press release like I do with many others.

Labor unions have serious problems in the eyes of the public. Many see us as outdated, worthless organizations that only promote laziness.  Those of us who work inside labor movement know this is the farthest thing from the truth.  Yet actions like this from the Teamster are dangerous to our movement.  I want to make it very, very clear. I have great respect for all of the Teamsters I know.  They are very hard-working men and women.  The IBT has had it fair share of ups and downs over the years but anyone who stands up for workers is a winner in my book.

However I disagree greatly with this move by the IBT to go after jobs that are currently represented by the TWU.  This make no sense whatsoever.  We need to expand our ranks, not cannibalize them.  This is also a very bad time to try to take these members away.  US Airways and American Airlines are in the middle of a merger.  When companies merge, there are usually job losses.  Change unions during this delicate negotiation process could result in even more job losses.

The TWU Air Transport Director Garry Drummond had this to say about the upcoming elections:

“Many mechanics signed cards calling for an election between unions because they believe in democracy, ironically a vote for the Teamsters means that democracy would be suspended. If the Teamsters were to become the bargaining agent, under federal labor law, elections for new local leaders wouldn’t happen for as long as three years. Meanwhile critical negotiations with the ‘new’ American Airlines will take place before the end of the year. Workers at the new American would be voiceless during these crucial contract talks.”

I am reminded of the problems that the IBT has been having with Republic Airlines. They have gone for years now working without a contract. They even threatened to strike.  Now is not the time to switch from one representative to another.

Workers deserve a voice in the workplace and these workers have already chosen who will represent them. Now the IBT is using the same tactics of the vulture capitalist that unions protect workers from.  This corporate raiding is wrong and needs to stop.  Let me reiterate, I have nothing against the IBT overall, I disagree with this raid on the US Airways workers.  I hope for the sake of all the workers involved that the TWU retains their representation rights and this matter is ended.

We need to be working together, not fighting each other.  We are all in this fight together.  We all want what is best for the workers.  This S@#$ has to stop.

MAINE: Join Us For Personal Members Accounts Of What Happened To Take Down Twinkies

Hostess Strike BCTGM

Hostess Strike BCTGM

Everyone is invited to a very special event in Portland Maine.

Event: Bakers and Bankers-Who Really Keeps the Dough?

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd. 7pm.

Location: University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine. Wishcamper Center room #133

The workers of the Hostess plant in Biddeford, Maine will put their side of the story front and center this coming Wednesday.  Mike Hummell (a 14 year Hostess BCTGM worker from Lexena, KS) has graciously agreed to join the panel by the Southern Maine Labor Council to discuss the pension theft and how the company portrayed the issue in the media versus reality.

“I also hope to encourage people to be more active in confronting dishonest media reports. I will of course remind everyone of the role of Ayn Rand cultist Judge Drain while I’m at it.” Mike Hummell

Joining Hummell on the panel will be John Jordan, Business Manager for Bakers Union #334 along with Joe Piccone, Business Agent for Teamsters Local #340, the union representing the delivery drivers at Hostess. Having the Local representatives from both the Bakers and the Teamsters should give a good look at the events on the ground as they unfolded.

Rounding out the panel will be Biddeford City Councilor Richard Rhames, addressing both the impact the closing is having on Biddeford and the various tax breaks provided by the city to Hostess. How much did the people of Biddeford do for Hostess over the years? What exactly did they get to show for it when it was all said and done? Has the city been left hanging on any promises? Hopefully the City Councilor Rhames will be able to answer some of these questions.  Again, if you have questions, please put them in the comments on the Facebook event page.

This will be a discussion of the direct effects on the city of Biddeford. The other speakers will tell the story from their unique local perspectives.
(RSVP To the event via FACBOOK)

You can read about the Biddeford, Mike and the plant in this article. http://www.pressherald.com/…It gives a grim view of the prospects for former employees.

The bakery union representing former Hostess workers has objected to the planned sale of the bread brands to Flowers, saying the bid offers no assurances that former labor contracts would be honored.The Industry International Pension Fund also is objecting to the sale.

In a court filing on Feb. 25, the bakery union and pension fund said, “Flowers has not committed to preserve a single job, and in fact has affirmatively disclaimed any obligation even to ‘consider’ employing a single worker.

“Thus, while debtors’ secured lenders may view Flowers’ bids as the ‘best’ for getting themselves paid, Flowers’ bids provide zero assurances that the rights of the debtors’ workers will be protected,” the filing said.

If you are a Portland, Maine, please join us for a discussion of the real life effects of our hedge fund economy. Or as Fox News would say- “Union thugs gang up and steal Twinkies from babies!”

Catch up with the pension theft here. http://www.dailykos.com/…

You can also see what really happened to Hostess in the video, from Mike Hummell.  It is very different than what the mainstream media may have told.

Act now to repeal No Rights At Work in the US

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Cross Posted from the Teamster Nation Blog

repeal taft hartleyA new petition is up on the White House website to repeal the federal law that allows states to weaken workers’ rights through No Rights At Work laws.

Sign it here.

The petition is the brainchild of Stephanee Parks, a college student who is interning at Teamsters Local 142 in Gary, Ind. Here’s what she told us about it (and herself):

So please pass this along to anyone and everyone, you do not have to be union and this isn’t just about Indiana, it’s NATIONWIDE, in order to sign the petition. In order to fill out the petition, you must be 18 years of age and have a valid email address. I need to collect 100,000 signatures by midnight 08 March 2013.

My name is Stefanee Parks, and I am currently a student at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, IN. I am a psychology major with a minor in history and labor studies. I am also currently interning at Teamsters Local 142 in Gary, IN. I have several projects going on this semester, and the majority has to do with unions and my pro-stance on unions.

I read about the previous petition that I found on a Teamsters Nation blog and signed it, but I did not realize that it had an end date and can no longer be viewed. Being the crafty college student I am, well I made one myself and I have 30 days from today to collect 100,000 signatures. So in other words, I need to collect 100,000 signatures by midnight 08 March 2013.
If you would like to support my petition, I thank you ahead of time for signing this petition. So please share it with anyone you think would support this petition.

Yes it may be a school project but it is a project I deeply believe in. “The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Throughout our history, Americans have used petitions to organize around issues they care about from ending slavery, to guaranteeing women’s right to vote, to the civil rights movement.”

It reads as follows:
Please demand legislation to repeal the infamous section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act and to rid this country once and for all of the so-called Right To Work statutes.
Many states are passing this legislation because they want the ability to obtain a job to be without bias and discrimination based on whether or not you are a part of the union. Now that some of these laws have passed can we now say the opposite is true and RTW laws discriminate against folks who are union? Every worker benefits from the union contract, but under so-called RTW laws, some pay absolutely nothing to the union that negotiates that contract. That encourages others to choose to pay nothing, and eventually the union unravels.
Repeal 14(b)!
demand legislation to repeal the infamous section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act and to rid this coun
petitions.whitehouse.govPlease demand legislation to repeal the infamous section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act and to rid this country once and for all of the so-called Right To Work statutes.

 

Teamsters Make Statement About BCTGM And Hostess Working To Save 18,500 Jobs

Hostess Strike BCTGM

Official Statement of Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall made the following statement regarding the announcement that Hostess Brands Inc. and the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union will enter into mediation led by bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain:

“Today’s development is a positive step toward finding a solution that will keep 18,500 men and women employed at Hostess. We are hopeful that the bakers’ union and the management team can find common ground during this mediation and avert liquidation.

“It is in the best interest of all parties involved that we remember what is at stake – the future of 18,500 workers and their families. This is not only about a brand or a product, it is also about real people that just want to work hard every day to provide for their families.

“The Teamsters will closely monitor the mediation between the BCTGM and Hostess management and assist in any way we can to help the two sides reach an agreement that keeps the company’s doors open.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visitwww.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

Teamsters: On the Ground, Cleaning Up After Sandy

A Storm's Toll Heaped in the Rockaways

Unions are about standing together and taking care of each other – and since Hurricane Sandy took aim at the Eastern Seaboard two weeks ago, that’s exactly what the Teamsters have been doing, 24/7.  You can read about their hard work on their blog.  Here are some of the highlights:

Monday, October 29th: “Department of Sanitation Teamsters battened down New York City before the storm hit, driving convoys of trucks to staging areas around the city and emptying and turning over garbage bins. They continued to collect trash and recycling during the storm today, and they’ll be on 12-hour shifts tomorrow to clean up debris.”

Tuesday, October 30th: “New York City Sanitation Department Teamsters from Local 831 are working long hours today removing trees from roadways, breaking apart limbs and cleaning streets as Hurricane Sandy moves on.  The monster storm crippled the city, flooding the subways and the Wall Street District and downing power lines. Hundreds of thousands of people have no power.”

Area residents started saying “thanks” on the Local’s Facebook page: “God bless all the people who are working to make our lives better after such a horrible storm.”

Wednesday, October 31st: “Parts of the Northeast are returning to normal today as Teamsters clear trees, repair rail tracks, clean up after flood damage, ship supplies and deliver those all-important iPhones.”

Fires were still burning; entire neighborhoods were buried under sand and seawater; millions were without power; and then 29 inches of snow fell.  “None of that stopped our brothers and sisters from getting ‘er done at departments of public works and sanitation, the railroads and UPS.”

Sunday, November 4th:  The Teamsters’ blog asks members across the nation for help.

“You can make a donation to the Red Cross by texting ‘redcross’ to 90999 and you will make a $10 donation.   Tom Petillo, president of Teamsters Local 125 in Trenton, NJ, is working with the IBT, Joint Council 73 and other New Jersey unions to coordinate rescue and relief efforts. He asks members to donate food, water and clothing.”

From a Teamsters member in Rockaway, Queens: “Bring shovels, gloves and give us a hand.  Don’t matter which block, just walk up and help.”

Monday, November 5th: “Teamsters sanitation and DPW members are working long, exhausting hours to get the New York region back on its feet. Many lost their homes, some lost children and a few are in the hospital with injuries. And yet they’re clearing away debris, handing out food and removing downed trees.”

“Department of Sanitation New York supervisor texted that sanitation workers are sleeping in the garages:  ‘Everyone seems better than one would expect. Some have lost everything.   Hot food has been scarce, and the workers are being fed military MREs.  Brother Michael Lewery’s home on Staten Island was damaged, but he went to work anyway. He ended up in the hospital after he was electrocuted.’ ”

Thursday, November 8th : “We delivered a truck of water and clothing donated by our members to storm-damaged Long Beach.   We went to the Martin Luther King center that, in normal times, serves as a community center and day care facility. The director of the center told us that no agency at all had been there to see them or help them yet.   This center is now serving as an emergency shelter for the community and they were in dire need of assistance. With a nor’easter coming in, they have no heat and the building had drafts and leaks that needed attention. We saw the genuine gratitude from these folks, who truly needed help. It was a proud day to be a Teamster.”

Friday, November 9th:  “The call just went out: The Red Cross desperately needs 400 drivers tonight, tomorrow and Sunday to bring relief supplies to hurricane victims in the New York region.”

Saturday, November 10th: “Teamsters are answering the Red Cross’s call to help distribute clean-up kits and supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy. We’re getting photos of Teamsters packing and loading supplies in New Jersey warehouses. They’re also driving trucks and forklifts and shuttling volunteers all over the New York region.  This is a 24/7 operation. UPS Teamsters were out in force, doing what they do best: Delivering!”

“Brother Roy Gillespie tells us the Teamsters are renting buses from Teamster employer Jofaz Busing, and Teamsters from Local 854 are driving them to help with the bulk distribution. At noon today, a convoy of 12 trucks driven by Teamsters drove from the warehouse to hard-hit Rockaway. Another convoy of five trucks driven by Teamsters carried supplies to Staten Island.”

Sandy 11.10.12Sunday, November 11th:  “Red Cross warehouses, staging areas and distribution hubs are alive with more than 300 Teamsters and their families today. They’re all pitching in to get desperately needed supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy in the New York region.”

“The news media is ignoring the extent of the damage, but it’s bad. At least 40,000 people in New York alone are homeless.  In Jersey City Teamsters are helping bag, load and deliver clean-up kits: Large mesh bags that each contain a blanket, work gloves, garden-size trash bags, flashlight and batteries, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and hand and toe warmers.”

“Some Teamsters spent the night in the warehouse. Some brought their spouses and children. The Teamsters rented buses to help move volunteers to staging areas and Teamsters are driving them. We’ve been hearing our experience in logistics (not to mention hard work) has been invaluable. Props to members from the New York City locals, and 210, 804, 707, 177, 282, 812, 817, 854, 730 and 177 who are helping out in the warehouse.”

“And let’s not forget our sanitation brothers from Local 831. They’re still working 12-hour shifts moving mountains of debris.”

Monday, November 12th: “Dozens of Teamsters and their families were already at the Red Cross’s Jersey City warehouse at 7:30 this morning and more were on the way to pack, load and drive supplies to Superstorm Sandy victims.  About 100,000 families suffered losses from the hurricane and the needs are staggering. Brother Roy tells us this is a long-term effort. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed 24/7 for the next two weeks to deliver supplies in the ruined communities. Chris Jordan, who handles Red Cross logistics, is asking for families to come help over the Thanksgiving weekend.”

The Red Cross put together a great Flickr gallery here that gives you an idea of the scope of the operation.

You can help the Teamsters help the storm’s victims.  Read more about their Disaster Relief Fund here.