March 11, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY -The Teamsters Joint Council 16 executive board was sworn on March 8, 2017, for a new four-year term to lead the 120,000 member Teamster organization, representing the 27 Teamster locals in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. President George Miranda and the six other executive board officers were unanimously reelected in January.
Teamsters Joint Council 16 and its locals represent workers in a wide range of industries, including trucking and deliveries, sanitation, warehousing, manufacturing, school buses, public sector, film and television, construction materials, airlines, and parking. The union has been an outspoken and progressive voice on worker rights, environmental justice, and President Trump’s immigration policies.
“As one of New York’s largest and strongest unions, Teamsters Joint Council 16 will continue to fight for good jobs and social justice for all New Yorkers,” said George Miranda. “With attacks coming from Washington, we need a strong labor movement to defend working families and organize in changing industries. I would like to congratulate our whole leadership team and thank New York’s Teamsters for their trust in us.”
In addition to Miranda, Harry Nespoli of Teamsters Local 831, the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, was sworn in as Vice President. Demos Demopoulos of Teamsters Local 553 was sworn in as Secretary-Treasurer. Gregory Floyd of Teamsters Local 237 was sworn in as Recording Secretary. Thomas Gesualdi of Local 282, Lou Calemine of Local 295, and Matthew Bruccoleri of Local 272 were sworn in as Trustees.
The executive board was sworn in by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
“Men and women in the workforce today need fierce advocates that will fight for them. The executive board for Teamsters Joint Council 16 is smart, tenacious, and understands the challenges facing our working families. I am proud to stand with the Teamsters and to help them as they lead the union forward,” New York State Comptroller DiNapoli said.
Joint Council 16 has built strong alliances with environmental and community organizations to campaign for a sustainable sanitation system, clean ports, and other progressive priorities. The union also has organized with immigrant communities against President Trump’s immigration policies.
Recent victories include a plan for new commercial waste zone system to reform the private sanitation industry and strong new contracts for school bus, heating oil, airline, and concrete industry Teamsters. Recently the Teamsters won a high-profile organizing campaign at Sims, New York City’s largest recycling plant.