I belong to Teamster Local #597 of Barre Vt and am still Ex-VP of
the Retirees Chapter and pay annual dues. We have reunions that are
well attended. In the early '70s Local #597 had enrollment of
nearly 1800 members paying dues of 2 1/2 hours pay deducted from
each members paychecks. This cost to each member entitled him or
her to following benefits: (These were single payer, no strings
First, job inurance that included major medical full dental cost
and partial eye care. Second, we had in place lost pay coverage of
weekly benefits after proven sickness under direction of doctors
orders. We did not go bankrupt and some teamsters still benefit
For those that doubt the worth of this type of system, I encourage
you to attend a Green Mountain Health Care Meeting and get the
facts from those who know.
Earl W. Ayer, North Clarendon, Vt.