Greg Ortiz, Teamsters Local 700 Trustee and Political Director, was invited by the IBT’s Public Services Division to be a keynote speaker during the National Teamsters Hispanic Caucus convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The biannual convention kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 26 and welcomed Teamsters and supporters from all over the world.
During the convention, Greg shared Local 700’s internal organizing strategies that were developed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2018 anti-union Janus decision. He spoke about the union’s plans before, during and after the decision, and how Local 700 focused on building personal relationships with members.
“I was honored to be invited to speak by the International,” said Greg. “I feel privileged to be able to represent the hardworking members of Local 700 and to be among my Teamster brothers and sisters who support the Hispanic community. Sharing ideas with our peers at these types of events really helps us think in different ways and to bring back the best ideas for our Local.”
“Greg was a great choice due to his extensive work experience in the public sector and his passion for the Hispanic community,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Michael G. Melone. “We are so proud of everything he has done as a Teamster, and every time he has the chance to represent Local 700, he does so with unmatched professionalism and heart.”
Greg is also well known and respected across the International as an advocate for Veterans based on his service to our country and his work with the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP). He served in two deployments overseas in the Global War on Terrorism as a U.S. Army Infantryman. He retired from the position of First Sergeant in 2011, having earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star and the Army Accommodation Medal with (V) device.