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St. Louis Teamsters Celebrate 100 Years

Brad Choat
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Teamsters Joint Council 13's 100th birthday celebration, August 13, 2011 in Pevely, Mo. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Teamsters Joint Council 13’s 100th birthday celebration, August 13, 2011 in Pevely, Mo. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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PEVELY, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis based Joint Council 13 of the Teamsters union had a special guest at its 100th birthday party on Saturday.

James P. Hoffa, the son of the legendary labor union head Jimmy Hoffa, came to Pevely for the celebration.

He’s no stranger to Missouri— Hoffa says he and other Teamsters leaders took part in an effort last session to defeat a “Right to Work” bill in the state legislature.

Hoffa says it’s up to Joint Council 13 and its members to continue the fight, “You have a strong joint council, one that is militant and every day puts people on buses to Jefferson City. They go up, look legislators in the eye and say, not on our time. We’re not going to let this happen.”

Marvin Kropp is the president of Joint Council 13. He says it’s been tough negotiating labor contracts in a down economy, “We try to get as much bang for our buck as we can for our members, whether it’s in the form of pension increases, health and welfare (maintaining what we have there, with no cost to our members), or wage increases. But, eveything’s eaten up by health care costs anymore.”

Kropp says despite the economy, Teamster membership is growing in St. Louis.

Joint Council 13  represents workers at Anheuser-Busch In-Bev, Schnucks, Nabisco, and a number of other companies.

Other dignitaries speaking at Saturday’s celebration included: U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

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