Leo T. Reed was the longest serving Secretary-Treasurer at Teamsters Local 399. Over his 25 years of leadership the Local grew from near bankruptcy, into the gold standard it is today. Leo recently celebrated his 80th birthday at the beginning of the New Year. In honor of his legacy and great contribution to Local 399, we sat down with Leo to learn more about his fascinating past, share about his distinguished accomplishments and highlight his dedicated service to the Membership of Teamsters Local 399.
This article highlights not only Leo’s contribution to our great Local, but also some of our more recent history and how Local 399 has evolved over the years to its strength of today.
“I lived up to my word. If I said I’m going to do something, I did it. And then Management had to respect you. When you have adversaries, you get their respect, not only the Members but also Management. To me, that means a lot – but your word is more important than anything else. I was lucky to be here a long time and I’m thankful for that.” – Leo T. Reed
We will be launching our 4th Annual Leo T. Reed Scholarship Opportunity later this week!