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Teamsters General President Speaks at 2012 Good Jobs Green Jobs West,
Rallies in Support of Workers at American ReclamationLOS ANGELES,
March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Teamsters General President
Jim Hoffa reinforced the union's support of building a sustainable, green supply chain that also provides jobs with good wages and benefits. Hoffa addressed the
2012 Good Jobs Green Jobs West Conference in the morning and then spoke at a rally in support of recycling workers fighting for respect in the workplace during the afternoon.
The Good Jobs Green Jobs West Conference is the nation's leading forum for sharing ideas and strategies for greening America's economy and creating good jobs. The conference is held by the BlueGreen Alliance, a national, strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.
"Right here in
Los Angeles, the Teamsters and our environmental allies have been fighting to raise standards for drivers in the port and for workers in the solid waste and recycling industry," Hoffa said. "Through the
Clean Truck Program and the
Don't Waste L.A. campaigns, we are well on our way to making a real difference for workers who have been exploited by these industries for too long."
The Teamsters, along with the support of
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have reduced the deadly diesel pollution in the port through the Clean Trucks Program. Now a group of
Los Angeles port drivers employed by Australian company Toll, have taken their first step toward gaining respect on the job by filing for a union election to join the Teamsters Union.
"When these drivers vote to join the Teamsters, they will represent what may be the biggest victory for our union in the port industry," Hoffa said while surrounded on stage by more than 20 of the Toll drivers. "They will be the first of many of workers who will help change the way the port industry treats their workforce."