Newspaper and Mail Deliverers' Union Members Vote for Teamsters 

Independent Union Becomes Teamsters Local 1901

by Impact Wire Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Members of the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers' Union (NMDU) overwhelmingly voted today to affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The 1,500 NMDU members, who deliver bulk newspapers to retail outlets in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, will be members of the new Teamsters Local 1901 in Long Island City, New York. They also join 14,000 Teamsters as part of the union's Newspaper Division

"We welcome our new members from the NMDU," said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "The NMDU has a long history as a dynamic, independent union in the New York City area, and they will be a valuable addition to our Newspaper Division. The union will now be known as Teamsters Local 1901 in reference to the year they originally organized."

Founded in 1901, NMDU members deliver bulk newspapers for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The New Jersey Star-Ledger, New York Post, El Diario, America Oggi, The Jersey Journal and other papers.

"Our members wanted to affiliate with the strongest union in America, and that's the Teamsters," said Doug Panattieri Jr., President of NMDU/Teamsters Local 1901. "There has been so much contraction in the newspaper industry in general that the wise choice was to affiliate with a union that is growing -- the Teamsters Union."

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was founded in 1903 and represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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