H.R.C. – Human Rights Commission Archive

Local 769 Gives a Gift of Hope

Posted December 17, 2013 By Local 769

photoUnited Way of Broward County came by the Union Hall today to pick up their donated school supplies and toys for their toy drive.

The donated supplies went to Sunland Park for early achievers and the program is called “Give a gift of hope”.  Sunland Park Early Achievers is an initiative focusing on intensive in-school and after school tutoring, family literacy, and parent support in an effort to improve third-grade reading success. One third of 3rd graders in Broward County can not read at the 3rdgrade level. These children are 50% more likely to drop out of high-school.  Donations of the toiletries, undergarments, notebooks, and toys will go to the hundreds of deserving children in this program.

On Friday Teamsters Local 769 will also be delivering donated toys to United Way in Dade and United Way in W.P.B. area.

**reminder to all to bring new unwrapped toys to your general membership this Thursday


Local 769 Helps Say “Thank You” to Our Soldiers

Posted December 12, 2013 By Local 769

IMG_1962At a recent conference, Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw was introduced to a wonderful way of giving back to our brave soldiers.  Those who have and those who continue to serve the United States of America in all branches of the armed forces.  The organization is called iPods for wounded veterans and it was formed in August of 2010 by Paul Cardello, a US Air Force Veteran who also retired after 35 years as a Teamster from TLU 170 of Worcester, Massachusetts.

IMG952716Teamsters Local 769 is proud to pledge our support to this great cause. This organization secures sponsorship to collect iPods, iPads, eReaders, Nooks, Bose headphones and other materials for our wounded veterans. Their class A security clearance allows them to personally deliver these gifts to the military and wounded veterans and interact with the soldiers and their families one-on-one.

Through the iPods for Wounded Veterans, there is a Dear Soldier program in which children in the 1st through 12th grades, from different schools, write letters to the wounded soldiers in the Walter Reed military medical center and the Fort Belvoir hospital.  These letters consist of children thanking soldiers for their service and also include Christmas cards that the students made.  In regards to the Dear Solider program, David Renshaw was asked, and accepted with great honor, to personally deliver the letters that were collected from Broward, Dade and the City of Key West.  We collected and delivered over 1,400 thank you letters and Christmas cards from the children along with handmade Afghan blankets made by retirees and veterans from the American Legion – Post 157 in Margate, Florida.

IMG_6146Between Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2013, David and other representatives from the iPods for Wounded Veterans program delivered over 5,000 thank you letters and Christmas cards from children of all ages across the United States, 1,500 assorted magazines and over 430 electronic items.   “During these two days we had the pleasure of spending quality time with the soldiers and their families.”, David said. The average age of the soldiers in these hospitals ranges from 21-25 and they suffer from many different types of injuries, including multiple amputations and PTSD.  “As we were there thanking them for their service and sacrifice, they pause and thanked US for taking the time to remember them and their families.” ,explained David.  “The expression on a soldier’s face when they receive and read the letters from the children is something that I will never forget.” The letters are received with the utmost gratitude by our soldiers, and these letters give them such joy, coming from children they don’t even know, but they appreciate them for the kindness in each of their hearts.

All of us here at Teamsters Local 769 are extremely proud of our brother, David Renshaw. This was an emotional and heartfelt endeavor and he has done so much to represent all of us in Local 769 in such a positive way. We are also grateful for all those who contributed to the Dear Soldier campaign. Unfortunately, as the battle continues overseas, there will be a continuous need for an organization of this nature,  both now and into the future.  This will be an ongoing project for all of us here at Teamsters Local 769. We pledge continued support for our veterans as well as assisting others in spreading the word about this program so it may continue giving back to our brave soldiers. They have so selflessly given so much of themselves for us that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have, so stay tuned as Teamsters Local 769 will have another Dear Soldier campaign in 2014 along with other Human Rights Commission events.

If you would like additional information please contact:

David Renshaw

Business Agent/Human Rights Commission




Southernmost Teamsters Helping Fight Hunger

Posted November 21, 2013 By Local 769
Attention Key West Teamsters! The food bank collection for the Salvation Army needs your donations!.  Collection boxes for canned goods and non-perishable items have been set out in various areas and will be out until final pick-up on 12/31/2013.  So let’s start early and continue throughout the holiday season.
Collection boxes can be found at Key West Bight, Garrison Bight, KWPD,KWFD, Community Services/DOT, and in Habana Plaza at Building, HR, Revenue, City Clerk and City Manager offices.
City of Key West
UPS (Stock Island)
Monroe County Corrections Officers
Monroe County
Remember, all food donations given in Key West, stay in Key West.
Let’s fill up those boxes, several times!

Teamsters Local 769 Salutes Our Veterans

Posted November 11, 2013 By Local 769


A short time ago, at our most recent General Membership Meeting, Business Agent David Renshaw introduced the membership of Local 769 to the Dear Soldier Campaign. Through this letter writing campaign, wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Fort Belvior Community Hospital in Virginia receive thank you letters from students of Teamster members as well as from their friends and neighbors.

David Renshaw speaks about Dear Soldier Campaign at November General Membership Meeting

David Renshaw speaks about Dear Soldier Campaign at October General Membership Meeting

newbannerDavid spoke about the campaign at our October General Membership Meeting and explained to members how they can get involved. “You can get your family members, your neighbors, your friends, your church, your schools and different organizations you are involved with to participate in this project”,  David said. For the full details on how to get involved with the campaign as well as for letterhead that you can print out for your child, visit our Dear Soldier Campaign webpage here. 

David has been selected to represent Local 769 in delivering some of the letters collected  this December 6th and 7th, 2013. He will be visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other veteran’s hospitals and will need to have all letters that he is to hand deliver by November 30th, 2013. David said, “It is will be with great pleasure that I get to deliver these letters to our soldiers.”

Let’s really get behind this project and give David a stack of letters to deliver to our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

On this Veteran’s Day, Teamsters Local 769 salutes all of our brave service men and women and asks everyone else to help show them the gratitude and appreciation they so truly deserve.

HRC Call to Action

Posted October 23, 2013 By Local 769

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It has been brought to the attentions of Local 769 that a group of World War II veterans are coming back from Washington DC this weekend.

We would like to place a call to action for Teamster members and their families & friends to come out to show their support for these brave folks and give them a warm welcome home from their trip.

Date: Sunday October 27 2013
Location: Ft Lauderdale airport
Flight: UsAir 1947
Terminal 3 concourse E
Time: 835 PM

American Flags (made in USA) will be provided to those who attend.  (while supplies last)

If anybody needs any additional info please contact:

David Renshaw

Teamsters Local 769

Human Rights Commission

305 642 6255 ext 2236

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Teamsters helping out in Oklahoma City

Posted May 25, 2013 By Local 769
This was a Teamster house before the tornado struck.

This was a Teamster house before the tornado struck.

Don’t send water and don’t send clothing to Oklahoma City if you want to help the victims of the deadly tornado.

That’s the advice of Teamsters working on the disaster relief effort. They’re urging members to donate to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund, every cent of which will help people in need. (Click here to make a tax deductible contribution.)

Oklahoma City officials are saying 12,000 houses were damaged or destroyed by the tornado, one of the worst in history. Teamster Local 886 President Ron Cobb said at least 12 Teamsters’ homes were destroyed and 16 were damaged.

We’re still in the stages of identifying need and touching the people we can touch.

Members whose homes were simply damaged are saying, “I just lost half a roof, take care of these other people,” said Cobb.

Both the local and UPS are taking care of the UPS package car driver who suffered the loss of his wife and the serious injury to his son. Cobb said he plans to put an ABF member who is also a police chaplain on lost time so he can reach out to members hurt by the devastating storm.

Brother Roy Gillespie, who coordinates the Red Cross response from St. Louis, said the agency is scheduling Teamsters to work in the Oklahoma City warehouse this weekend. They’ll load and unload supplies. A call for forklift drivers earlier this week sent Cobb to the warehouse, where he said they were still in the initial stages of getting organized.

In Tulsa, Local 523 has trailers set up in car lots around the city. President Gary Ketchum is telling members to buy something extra at the grocery store and put it in those trailers.

Cobb emphasized there’s no need for water in Oklahoma City. “They’re using cases of water for doorstops,” he said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer should check with the local or the Red Cross first. Said Gillespie:

Send the local an email (rcobb@teamsterslocal886.com) or call (405) 947-2333. Or contribute to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund.  The worst thing you want to do is have a drive without checking with Ron.

Stay tuned.