A message from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa

Rail, port security key issues for 2006

Port and Rail Security Concerns

It was astonishing to learn, as many people in the U.S. did recently, that only 5 percent of all shipments passing through our ports are inspected. Similar to the lack of security at our ports, our rails remain open to trespassers and possible terrorist activity despite the bombings in London and Madrid several years ago. Rail corporations still continue to try and further reduce the number of rail workers operating trains. However, we are aggressively fighting rail crew reduction schemes - in the legislature and at the bargaining table.

Despite the Bush administration's plan to give away the security of our ports to a firm from Dubai, we led the fight to get this plan overturned. Our nation's security should never been in the hands of any firm that isn't a truly American corporation.

Upcoming IBT Convention

We invite you to participate in the upcoming Teamsters Convention that will be held June 26-30, 2006 in Las Vegas. This convention will immediately follow your convention and will consist of numerous items for the convention delegates to discuss and debate and other business items necessary for running the union for the next five years. Each of our conventions is held at five-year intervals so this is also a time when we take stock of our past accomplishments while planning out the targets for the years ahead.

As one of the unions, which chose to merge with us since our last convention, we will especially welcome your participation. Our brothers and sisters at the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes and Graphic Communications Conference will also be joining us.

We are going to set up some aggressive organizing plans, which include a commitment to short line organizing. Bringing union benefits to the skilled, hardworking workers on short lines must be a priority.

In Solidarity
James P. Hoffa
General President

© 2006 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen