United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Workers of every profession, background and skill level join unions to help protect their jobs, their rights and benefits, and to improve working conditions. Union workers have better health benefits and pensions and earn 30% more on average than non-union workers.
Union workers have the power to make themselves heard. That's why employers try to divide us — by the kind of work we do, or by age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical conditions or anything else they can think of.
But our diversity is our strength and when we stand united, we are stronger. We win good contracts, and better benefits and working conditions. We fight for better laws, improve our communities and gain dignity and respect on the job.
And we get it in writing: with a legally binding Teamster contract.
Members of Local 237 IBT are part of the largest and most powerful union in the country — with the strength of 1.4 million active Teamsters and 400,000 retirees and their families behind us.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.