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Local 237 Member Benefits

Job security, pensions and good benefits are just of the few the reasons that workers join unions. Local 237 member benefits are among the best in New York and the nation. Our union has fought for them at the bargaining table – both in the last round of contract negotiations and in every contract preceding that.

Benefits Feature News

  • Social Services Dept.

     

    Local 237 has created a new Social Services Department.  For the first time, members participating in the Local 237 Welfare Fund can access free, professional social services.

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  • Optical Benefit Improvement

     

    Local 237 Welfare Fund participants no longer need a voucher from the Fund office to use Optical Benefits. Instead, just obtain a claim form at the optical services provider of your choice that participates in the  Comprehensive Professional Systems (CPS) PPO Network. 

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  • Financial advice is just a phone call away!

    Free professional financial planning is available to all active Local 237 Welfare Fund participants.  A personal financial planner to review your finances, ask questions and assist in developing a financial strategy.

     

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As the economic crisis rips into state and municipal budgets across the nation, the conservative campaign to dismantle public employee defined benefit pension systems has gained new life.  While municipal government budgets are in trouble, most of the claims made for destroying the pension plans are based on falsehoods.  Nevertheless, the attack on public employee pensions has gained ground.

It's important for Teamsters to debunk the myths spread by those whose primary goal is to destroy the defined benefit pension system that is designed to provide them with a secure retirement.

Click here to arm yourself with the facts.

The assault on public employee pensions comes at the same time as tens of thousands of public employees are being laid off or furloughed, and with tens of thousands more facing that prospect once the federal government stimulus funding runs out.

A simultaneous wage and jobs crisis is affecting millions of Americans.  With economic insecurity at an all time high, those seeking to undermine the defined benefit pension system are appealing to workers-taxpayers who do not have pensions to oppose public employee pension security.  

Public Employees are not Over-Paid
Public employees have made trade-offs over the years between wages and retirement security.  A recent study by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the National Institute for Retirement Security finds that state and local employees earn 11 to 12 percent less than comparable private sector workers.  Even when benefits are included, total public employee compensation lags behind private sector compensation for similar work.  

A study by the Center for Housing Policy finds police officers and teachers still don’t earn enough to buy a typical house in 2 out of 5 metro areas.  Firefighters and librarians can’t afford a median priced home in the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago metro areas.  Nationwide a school bus driver’s average wage is not enough to pay rent on a standard two-bedroom apartment.

Workers Unite!
It’s up to us to educate the general public and other union members about the truth of public employee wages and benefits.  The goal of the anti-public employee movement is to divide private and public sector employees by appealing to private sector unions and workers on the basis of taxes.  With wages and jobs disappearing and taxes rising, private sector employees are easy prey.  Wages and jobs are eroding for private sector workers, but we shouldn’t accelerate the race to the bottom by gutting public employee pensions.  Rather than fewer workers having retirement security, Teamsters believe that all workers should have retirement security.  With only a small percentage of private sector workers belonging to unions, but a majority of public sector employees in unions, conservatives are now targeting the public sector for attack.

The Bottom Line
Wall Street caused the economic crisis that is the real threat to state and local governments and the retirement security of all Americans – public employees should not be forced to bear the brunt. We should be working to achieve real retirement security for all Americans, not take it away from those who have it. Public Employees work hard for everyone while earning modest wages and deserve a secure retirement.






Health, Welfare and Pension Benefits
In addition to employer-provided health and pension benefits, most Local 237 members participate in our union’s Welfare Benefit Funds, which provide medical benefits such as prescription drugs, optical and dental care.  Additionally, 237 members have access to free legal services, educational programs, financial planning, and retirement planning.

Legal Services Plan

Education Department

Retiree Division

Social Services

 

Voting Privileges
Local 237 is a Democratic union.  Union membership enables workers attend union meetings and to vote on union contracts.  Members elect our union leadership and vote on other important matters involving your work and the union.

Scholarships
Children of Local 237 members who are high school seniors have the opportunity to compete for scholarships offered by the International Union and the NYS AFL-CIO.

Union Communications(page link)
Members receive our local union publication, Local 237 Newsline, to keep them you informed about union activities and issues at the local, state and national levels. They also receive The Teamster magazine from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union.

Teamster Privilege Benefits and Discounts

Occupational Health & Safety

 Housing Assistance

 Free CDL Classes

 Recommended Private Legal Representation

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