October 11, 2016
By Neal Tepel
Throgs Neck, NY – The Teamsters Local 202 Scholarship Fund awarded 40 college scholarships Friday evening October 7, 2016 to their members at the union’s special celebration making 100 years as a union. The reception took place at the Marina Del Rey.
“Local 202 is here to support these Teamster kids, whether their ultimate goal is to follow their parents footsteps into our union or forge another path,” said Teamsters Local 202 President Daniel Kane, Jr. “Beginning in 1916 and continuing today, Teamsters Local 202 has fought to make opportunity and a middle-class life real for New York’s working families. The scholarship fund is part of that legacy.”
Since its inception, Teamsters Local 202 has represented workers in New York’s produce and food service industry, first at the markets and warehouses along Manhattan’s West Side and since 1967 at the Hunts Point Terminal Market. The Hunts Point market has grown to become the largest produce market in the United States, serving most of the restaurants and grocers in the New York area. Local 202 has grown alongside the market, representing about 1,000 workers at the market and over 4,000 workers in the union.
Over 300 union members and supporters attended the celebration, which was joined by U.S. Congressman Jose Serrano, Assembly Members Marcos Crespo and Victor Pichardo, Council Members Rafael Salamanca, Vanessa Gibson, and Antonio Reynoso, and New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon.
*** Local 202 is part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of America’s largest and strongest unions.