Message From the Secretary-Treasurer
Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome to a New Year and a new beginning for Teamsters Local Union No. 81! I was honored to be elected by you the members of Local 81 to the position of Secretary-Treasurer and now myself and my team of fellow elected officers who make up the Local 81 Executive Board and the staff of Local 81 are extremely excited to be working for the members.
We will always take to heart the oath of office which states,
"I will protect the members interests in all dealings with the employers. I will never forget that it is the members who put me here, and it is the members whom I will serve".
These words are merely just words, if one does not live by them. We live by them!
I have been a member of this local since age nineteen- thirty-three years now- and I am proud to have been a part of such an important voice for the working men and women of the Portland area. Myself and the Executive Board of Local 81 want to continue to strive to keep this local growing and moving forward in a positive direction. We can do this- and we will do this- with your help and support. Our local is nothing without our members!
Organized labor is under attack as never before, and we fight a pitched battle every day against forces who would weaken us and diminish our hard-won legal rights. We must all stand together now and stay strong in the face of the onslaught. Union workers have always been in the vanguard for the best wages and benefits, but we are also a target for forces who would see that situation change.
Education and communication are the key to winning such conflicts now and in the future. This web site will further enhance our ability to communicate with you the members, and to provide a venue for news, education, and resources. We also hope that the general public will learn something from the resources we have on this site. Please bookmark this page and check in often, as we grow this website and add new features.
Take care, and enjoy the site!
Tom Strickland, Secretary-Treasurer
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