In late August Tom Connors attended the 2015 Teamsters Women’s Conference held in Boston. An annual event, the Women’s Conference includes all-attendee sessions featuring guest speakers and workshops on such topics as grievance procedure, organizing, labor and anti-labor legislation and women’s history. Tom was able to present an overview of the TLHRC at two women’s history workshops. Twelve hundred women (and some men) attended this lively and inspiring conference.
On September 14th Tom attended the opening session of the 5-yerarly convention of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen (BAC) held in Baltimore. Tom was invited to the convention by BAC president Jim Boland who’d visited the TLHRC in July. The opening session included rousing speeches by AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) and President Boland’s stirring address to the convention delegates.
On September 15th Tom flew to Albany, NY, for the day to review historical materials at Teamsters Local 294. He went to Albany at the request of Local 294 Secretary-Treasurer Tom Quackenbush. The material Tom examined included 80 issues of the upstate New York labor newspaper (1950s-2960s), meeting minute books (1938-1987) and historic a charters one of which was issued to Local 367 of the Team Drivers International Union dated March 1902. The TDIU was a predecessor union to the IBT. This charter is indeed a rare find and a treasure! These materials will be transferred to the TLHRC later in the Fall.