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Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union Joins Teamsters.

The independent Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union (NMDU) -- which represents some 1,500 employees at papers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut -- have voted to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, according to a union announcement.

The NMDU members, who deliver bulk newspapers to retail outlets, will become part of the new Teamsters Local 1901 in Long Island City, New York, the announcement stated. 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."

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

"Our members wanted to affiliate with the strongest union in America, and that's the Teamsters," Doug Panattieri Jr., president of NMDU/Teamsters Local 1901, said in the release. "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."

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Title Annotation:International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Comment:Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union Joins Teamsters.(International Brotherhood of Teamsters)
Author:Strupp, Joe
Publication:Editor & Publisher
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 18, 2009
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