Teamsters Local 237

Retiree Division Events and Announcements

View photos from the 2016 Retiree Conference in Florida.

Watch Highlights from our 2015 Founders Day Celebration!

NEW! - Read a Summary of the Welfare Fund’s Prescription Benefit for retirees, Effective January 1, 2016.

View photos from Local 237's 2012 Founders' Day and 60th Anniversary Celebration.
The Retiree Division hosted it’s bi-annual, statewide Florida retiree conference on March 29th.  Over 100 retirees attended the event – some traveling from as far as Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  Though focusing on benefits education, the conference also served as a “kick off” for the union’s 60th Anniversary.  Charter members Arthur Cordiviola (1952); German Colon (1957) and Salvatore Azzarello (1958) received “Founders Awards” from Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Torres, Recording Secretary Patricia Stryker and Trustee Curtis Scott.  View Photos.

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237's Retiree Division Celebrates 30 years!  Watch the movie: Retired from Work, Not the Union.

Retiree News & Views

  • 65 Years of Solidarity

    pdf Retiree News & View - May/June 2017 (809 KB)


    On May 3, 1952, Local 237 received its charter as a Local of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Henry Feinstein had broken away from DC 37, where he was their first president, to form a new public employee union, Local 237. There are some who say that the number 237 represented the “second 37,” a public employee union that has now become the largest Teamsters Local in the nation (including Puerto Rico) and Canada.

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  • Now, more than ever, we celebrate our diverse union family

    pdf Retiree News & View - Mar/Apr 2017 (627 KB)

    Ken Fox; Linda Tavolaro; Nilsa Torres; Frank Aiello

    Often, when we think of family, mothers, fathers, children and grandparents come to mind. Aunts and uncles are also part of the equation. Close friends often become family as “claimed” relatives.

    The poet, Tato Laviera, once described family as “a whole other kingdom.” Family brings together individuals who sometimes share values yet frequently hold differing points of view about what is “right” and what is “wrong” (and everything in between). Sometimes they hold widely divergent political views. Yet, the “kingdom of family” creates a structure for discussion, debate and ultimately acceptance of different viewpoints.

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  • As We Celebrate The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. … How Do You Define “Hero”?

    Retiree News & View - Jan/Feb 2017

    We must kearn to lieve together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.

    Webster’s dictionary defines the word “hero” as someone of great strength or ability. Someone who is admired for his achievements, possessing noble qualities, who is self-sacrificing and courageous. Poet Maya Angelou, reflecting on heroic personality traits, wrote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said…people will forget what you did….but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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  • 2016: AYear of Retiree Activism, Achievement and Enrichment

    pdf Retiree News & Views - Nov/Dec 2016 (4.25 MB)


    Retiree Division hosted the Florida Retiree Conference in March at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. The conference provided retirees with information on health and union benefits with representatives from GHI, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and several Florida-based plans on hand to answers questions. Pictured: Florida retirees at the Statewide Conference in Orlando. A similar meeting will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on December 2.

    President Abraham Lincoln once said: “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Clearly, he could have been talking about the retirees of Teamsters Local 237. Our retirees are activists who participate in many projects that range from political to historical, from the arts to education, from unionism to community engagement, and from health care to planning for the future. The retirees get involved. Throughout 2016, there were celebrations, seminars, parades, exhibitions, classes, trips and calls to action in which the retirees enthusiastically participated. Here are just some of the highlights of the year that underscore retiree activism, achievement and enrichment.

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  • Teamsters Local 237 Oral History Project

    pdf Retiree News & Views - Jul/Aug 2016 (892 KB)

    237 history images

    Retired members as founders and builders of our Local understand the importance of preserving this history for future generations of members.

    Teamsters Local 237 has a proud and important history in the City of New York. Retired members understand the importance of preserving this history for future generations of members. The Teamsters Local 237 Oral History Project collects materials like hiring letters, photographs and other “artifacts” that bring the union’s history to life. Of course, the remembrances and stories of members are the most important part of the project. Many retirees have responded to our call to participate in this project. Here are some of the stories:

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Retiree Division

"Retired From Work, Not From The Union"

The Retiree Division is 8,000-strong, and growing. Local 237 retirees span six decades, ranging in age from 35 to 95. Just under 90 percent are men, most are married, and hundreds have young children. About 85 percent are in the New York area, but Local 237 retirees live in 48 states and Washington, DC, and in nearly a dozen countries and U.S. territories.

Local 237's Retiree Division exemplifies the Teamsters' lifelong commitment to members. The Division's programs and services reflect Local 237's philosophy: You may retire from work, but you never retire from the union.

Local 237 Oral History Project

Get Involved - Contact the Retiree Division to join Retiree DRIVE

Citywide and Housing Members

Local 237 retirees served the city of New York faithfully for years and helped build Local 237 into a powerful force. They are responsible for many of the benefits city employees enjoy today.

Retirees have a right to a secure, rewarding retirement. Programs, services, and activities sponsored by the Local 237 Retiree Division are union benefits to which all retired members in the Housing and Citywide Divisions are entitled.

Retirement Benefits for Long Island and Javits Members

Long Island Members

Jacob Javits Members

Retiree Division Staff
Nancy B. True Director
Hector L. Cotto Deputy Director
Susan Milisits Assistant Director
Luz Carty Retiree Assistance Counselor
Shavon Banks Division Secretary
Noelia Quinones Assistant Secretary


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