<="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vA1uUgL3cU0/UYfs_p-Vh5I/AAAAAAAAQpI/vZIJF9w8b_w/s1600/FirefightersIndianBandSchoolhouse20082771.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;">A unit of firefighters in Webster, Mass. has joined <="http://www.teamsterlocal170.com/">Teamsters Local 170 in Worcester.
Ed Sterczala was the driving force behind the 41 part-time firefighers joining the union. He had previously been a member of Local 170 so he knew of the strong representation they could provide.
Sterczala told <="http://www.teamster.org/content/massachusetts-firefighters-join-teamsters-local-170">Teamster.org:
“We’re not looking to make a ton of money; we just want a fair wage and a fair contract,” said Sterczala, who has worked as a firefighter for 10 years.Also from the Teamster.org <="http://www.teamster.org/content/massachusetts-firefighters-join-teamsters-local-170">story:
They put their own lives at risk to protect the citizens of Webster, Mass. Now, the 41 part-time firefighters with the Webster Fire Department have their own protection—Teamster representation.
The firefighters recently voted to join Local 170 in Worcester, Mass., after years of difficulty in gaining a contract and recognition from their employer. They previously had an association that they disbanded when they decided to join the Teamsters.
Webster, like other towns in Massachusetts, employs part-time, on-call firefighters.
“Most of the issues are around representation. They needed a strong union to secure their benefits, wages and a legally binding contract which we will enforce,” said Mike Hogan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 170.
“These brave workers knew that when they needed someone to represent them, the right choice was Teamsters Local 170. I am very happy to welcome them into our Teamster family,” said Paul Stuart, an organizer with the Teamsters.