On Thursday May 19, 2016, Teamsters Local 769 welcomed the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Jean Monestime and his Senior Policy Advisor Terry Murphy, PhD. They were acknowledged during our monthly General Membership Meeting for their commitment to Miami’s working class and the recent passage of the Living Wage Health Care Amendment in Miami-Dade County. Commissioner Monestime sponsored the amendment of which the improvements to our members’ healthcare coverage will be a tangible, significant, and a lasting change for the better.
Commissioner Monestime serves Miami-Dade County in District 2 which encompasses portions of the City of Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, City of Hialeah and unincorporated areas of Liberty City, Biscayne Gardens and North Dade Central. Mr. Monestime was first elected to District 2 on November 2, 2010. After 30 years as a resident of Miami-Dade County, he became the first Haitian-American to ever serve on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, Dr. Terry Murphy, Business Agent Eddy Valero, Cynthia Hernandez and President Andy Madtes of the South Florida AFL-CIO, Lili Bach from SEIU, and the many Teamsters Local 769 stewards and members from C & W Services who stepped up and got involved to make this extremely important, impactful change to the county ordinance a reality. “Our members and their families are better off and we are a stronger labor movement in Miami as a result of this collaborative effort.”, added Josh Zivalich, Teamsters Local 769 Secretary Treasurer.
We would also like to say Thank You to the many other advocates from the Miami-Dade County Commission and the Living Wage Advisory Board, including Marcus Braswell and Alyssa Cundari-Roelans for their efforts and support.
Our community is stronger and our quality of life is better because of the strength of our union and the allies who share our values.