News | September 13, 2006

Teamsters Appoint Morales Director Of Solid Waste, Recycling

Herrera, Hancock Named Regional Coordinators of New Division

Washington, D.C. - Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa has announced the appointment of Robert Morales, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 350 in Daly City, California, as director of the new Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division.

Morales brings years of expertise to the position, organizing and bargaining contracts for Teamster members in sanitation and recycling. Ron Herrera, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396 and Terry Hancock, President of Teamsters Local 731 will join Morales as division leaders. Herrera was appointed Division Coordinator for the West while Hancock was named Division Coordinator for the Central region.

"I am confident that this team brings together the seriousness of purpose, long experience in bargaining, organizing and strong leadership skills necessary to launch new growth and initiatives in this important Teamster Industry," Hoffa said.

The Teamsters Union currently represents 30,000 members in solid waste alone, and the two top companies, Waste Management and Allied Waste, are among the largest Teamster employers. Morales will lead the fight to bring strong Teamster representation to the more than 150,000 sanitation workers who are not organized as the trend to privatize the industry continues.

"I am committed to standing up for the rights of sanitation workers and building a movement of workers and community allies to bring justice and dignity to those who work so hard to keep our neighborhoods clean," Morales said. "There is a tremendous amount of work to get done, but I know with the strength of our union behind this division, we are heading in the right direction."

SOURCE: International Brotherhood of Teamsters