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This profile was last updated on 12/1/11  and contains information from public web pages.

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Teamsters Local 688, 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
Roland Lewis Teamsters Local 688
Roland Lewis Vice President
Roland Lewis Vice President
"It feels good to work in a position where you can make a difference in someone's life. Helping others provides real satisfaction."
Roland Lewis: Recording Secretary
Lewis, a 34-year Local 688 member, began his career working in the Century Foundry (Federal Mogul) on Forest Park Avenue. Lewis services a wide variety of industries as business representative, including plumbing supply, liquor wholesale and warehouse. Lewis served as a shop steward for 19 years, on various negotiating committees and as a Political Education Committee member. He spearheaded the process to form the first chapter of the Teamsters National Black Caucus in St. Louis and serve as chapter President. The Executive Board appointed Lewis Vice President on September 1, 2008.
"As a young man, I was inspired by some of the Business Agents - the way they conducted themselves, and the way they handled themselves at the bargaining table. I wanted to be a part of that."
Lewis has seen the union change over the years, since he began working as a stock clerk at Wagner Brake in 1975. He has seen membership decrease at Local 688, and in some ways, the degree of influence that the union once wielded decrease along with it. Lewis believes this issue can be addressed with greater education of young workers entering the union, something that Local 688 has worked to address with its Shop Steward education program, which covers all aspects of unionism, including communication with new members. At the same time, Lewis has seen a positive shift in the way the Local is managed. "We're more accessible now," he said. The Executive Board's open-door policy, expanded training program and increased presence in workplaces are examples the accessibility that Lewis believes is important for unions.
Lewis, who has served as a group leader for newer staff members, enjoys helping and educating members, stewards, and staff.
Mr. ..., 30 July 2008 [cached]
Mr. Lewis
Mr. LewisRoland Lewis and his wife, Jeri, have listed their four-bedroom, four bath at 13712 Old Halls Ferry Road in Black Jack for $599,900.
The 4,102-square-foot house was built in 1992.
Mr. Lewis is the recording secretary of the executive board of the Teamsters Local 688 in St. Louis.
He began his labor career in 1975 as a stock clerk for Wagner Brake, where he worked until 1992.He then joined Local 688 as a business representative.He was instrumental in the creation of the first chapter of the Teamsters National Black Caucus in St. Louis.
Teamsters Local 688, 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
Roland Lewis Vice President
Teamsters Local 688, 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
Roland Lewis Vice President
Teamsters Union Local 688 Official Website, 22 Jan 2006 [cached]
Recording Secretary ~ Roland Lewis
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