A Message from Local 804 President Tim Sylvester
Local 804 lost our greatest Teamster five years ago today when Ron Carey passed away from lung cancer on December 11, 2008. He was 72 years old.
Ron led a rank-and-file movement that ousted corrupt Local 804 leaders from office in 1967 and never lost his belief in rank-and-file power. He led militant strikes against UPS that won the first 25 & Out pensions in Teamster history.
In 1991, members elected Ron Carey as the first democratically-elected General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 1997, Ron led the victorious UPS strike which forced the company to create the first 22.3 jobs and stopped UPS from seizing control of our pensions.
The previous Local 804 leadership tried to erase Ron’s memory. They printed a Local 804 history that did not include one word about the man who led our union for 30 years. They even boycotted his funeral.
I, and other Local 804 officers, proudly served under Ron when he was General President. We honor his memory by trying to live up to his legacy and the high bar he set for every Teamster.
This year, UPS once again came after Local 804 members’ pensions. They tried to stop us from raising pension benefits in the new contract, and when they failed, they tried to stop any increases in 25 & Out benefits.
We refused to back down. And we won a $400 pension increase at both 30 & Out and 25 & Out. And we won 150 new full-time jobs in the new contract too, the most by any local union in the country. As Ron said: “Part-Time America Won’t Work.”
To fight for our future, we need to understand our history. Watch these videos to learn more about Local 804, our union and the Home of Ron Carey.
Ron may be gone, but his legacy lives on.
America’s Victory: the 1997 UPS Strike
ABC Honors Ron Carey as its Person of the Week