Keegel Praises African American Teamsters for Contributions to Labor
(New Orleans, LA) – Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel expressed his appreciation for the contributions that African Americans have made to the labor movement during the 34th annual Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) in New Orleans, Louisiana, this week.
Touching on major milestones in Teamster history including the union’s first gender and color-blind contract, the Teamster’s support of Martin Luther King Jr. and the endorsement of President Barack Obama, Keegel said the Teamsters wouldn’t be where it is today without our African American members and leaders.
“We proved that we can change America. If we put our minds to it, there is nothing we can’t do when we have solidarity,” Keegel said. “I’m proud to be a Teamster. We fight for justice. We fight for dignity. We fight for a decent wage and a decent pension for all people."
Since his election as General Secretary-Treasurer, Keegel has not missed a TNBC meeting and was declared a lifetime honorary member at the meeting.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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