Thanks for the fine article. During my years as a UPS worker, a Teamster representative, a local union officer and a member of Teamsters for A Democratic Union (TDU) and UPSurge (a national UPS rank and file reform caucus), I learned much about Ron Carey as a person and as a leader of Teamsters. He was bold and tenacious in both words and action. By example he demonstrated it is possible for workers to take on corporate bullies and fat cats and win. He helped us learn how to gain power and use it within our unions. He helped us understand we could democratically elect leadership in our union who would demand dignity and respect for workers. He was a labor leader, it is sad to say, unique among those of my era.
Goodbye, Ron! What an inspiration your life has been for so many!
Dec 17 2008 - 10:27pm