Teamsters Local 237

Helping Our Members With Financial and Legal Questions

Bertha Aiken, Director of Training and Education; Donald Arnold, Director, Citywide; George Jackson, HRA Custodial Shop Steward; Terrelle Moore, Queens South Executive Director; Gregory Floyd, President Teamsters Local 237; Kangela Moore, Queens South Trainer, School Safety Agent, Level 3 and Derek Jackson, Director, Law Enforcement.Bertha Aiken, Director of Training and Education; Donald Arnold, Director, Citywide; George Jackson, HRA Custodial Shop Steward; Terrelle Moore, Queens South Executive Director; Gregory Floyd, President Teamsters Local 237; Kangela Moore, Queens South Trainer, School Safety Agent, Level 3 and Derek Jackson, Director, Law Enforcement.

Local 237 President Gregory Floyd, (pictured) told the members: “If you only pay your bills, you’ll never get ahead. And, when you retire, wouldn’t you like to have some money to be able to really enjoy your retirement? 30 years ago, someone directed me to an annuity, saying, ‘cut off your right arm before you touch these forced savings.’ Boy, that was good advice! And, that’s why we’re here today. To get some good advice. It will change your life.”

Toward that end, President Floyd is hosting a series of evening programs dedicated to helping members with their finances and legal questions. Guest speakers will be on hand to discuss services available to Citywide and Housing members that range from debt relief, financial planning, and a variety of legal services ranging from foreclosures and bankruptcies to divorce. One 237 member in attendance at the first presentation, William Smith (pictured), Stock Worker at the FDNY in Long Island City, said he “wanted to learn more about how to improve my financial situation.” Another, Phyllis Duncan (pictured), a Food Service worker for the Board of Education, said she was “interested in learning how to save more, with an eye toward retirement.” And George Jackson (pictured), a Custodial Shop Steward working for HRA, who is thinking about retirement said what brought him to the meeting was “hoping to learn how to consolidate my finances.”

Gregory Floyd, President, Local 237
Gregory Floyd, President, Local 237

Presenter, Scott Kennedy (pictured), Financial Consultant from Stacy Braun Associates, told the members: “Our advice is free. We won’t try to sell you anything. We offer 6 hours a year of professional financial advice that is confidential and personalized to your particular stage in life.” Another presenter, Michael Drehwing (pictured), Executive Director of National Debt Relief, told the audience that his company receives 100,000 calls a month from people in need of debt services. “We provide awareness, rehabilitation and solutions from the cradle to the grave, with no up-front costs, only a percentage fee based on our success in handling your needs.” Kenneth Perry, Esq. (pictured), Deputy Director of Local 237’s Legal Services Plan, the final presenter, urged members to seek the services of the Legal Department even if “it seems too late to help reverse a legal problem. We’ve helped so many members who had given up hope. We represent them in court. We write letters on their behalf and counsel them on matters which can be overwhelming.”

William SmithWilliam Smith   Kenneth Perry, Esq.Kenneth Perry, Esq. George JacksonGeorge Jackson
Scott KennedyScott Kennedy  Michael DrehwingMichael Drehwing Phyllis DuncanPhyllis Duncan

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