Welcome to Teamsters Local 173's new web site. As President of this great Local, I would like to welcome all our hard working members to their Local Union Web site. I would also like to welcome those who are visiting our site. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Local, please click on the Unionizing your Workplace tab across the top, if you are interested in assisting to internally organizing your workplace in gaining additional members, please click on the Organize Today button, along the left side panel. Local 173 represents a group of hard working men and women along the south west area of Florida and a portion of the east coast of Florida. These men and women understand the benefit of uniting together to use their collective muscle to obtain and maintain benefits that all American Workers should expect from their employer. Through our collective efforts we bargain over issues that affect all of us, through our contracts. Unlike many working men and women who do not work under collective bargaining agreements, our members know that their pay and benefits are secure. They are assured that at a drop of a hat, their employer cannot change their rates of pay, medical plans and premiums, vacations, paid Holidays and other economic benefits because of temporary economic downturns. Today more than ever before, the importance of Union membership has become a top priority of working men and women. In a time of spiraling medical cost, daily corporate greed, and lack of appreciation of the workers, the need for union contracts to negotiate these important issues, will assist the average American Worker through this current economic storm and those of the future. Myself and the Executive Board of Teamsters Local 173 wish to thank the membership for their continuing support and allowing us the honor to serve you, our members.
Richard (Rick) Zebracki