Officers & Business Agents
Al has worked for Local 507 since 1982 and has more than 31 years as a Teamster. Al joined Local 507 in 1977 as a factory worker at Mameco International. In 1982 he became a part-time organizer for Teamsters Local 507, in 1993 was elected Vice President, in 2000 was elected President, and in 2003 was elected Secretary-Treasurer. His Teamster career highlights include full time Business Agent and Organizer, Executive Board Member of Teamsters National Black Caucus since 1988 and elected as Chairman in 2008. From 1995 to 2008 he was Vice Chairman of the Teamsters National Black Caucus Central Region. From 1995 to the present, he has served as a Trustee on Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Health & Welfare, Pension and Local 507 CER Funds.
Since 2001 he has served on the Policy Committee for the National Parking Council. In 2002 he was elected as Secretary-Treasury to Local 507, as well as Trustee on the Ohio Conference of Teamsters Executive Board and DRIVE Fund. Then in 2005, he became an IBT Delegate for restructuring the labor movement when the Change to Win Federation was established. In 2006, he was appointed International Industrial Trades Representative, and in 2007, elected Secretary Treasurer to Teamsters Joint Council 41 and was also named Assistant to Ohio Conference President. In 2010 he was unanimously appointed to fill a vacancy on the IBT General Executive Board as Vice President At-Large and then elected in 2012 to serve the full term. Al attends classes annually to educate himself on employee benefits and labor relations. He is well respected for his hard work and dedication to the members and to the Union.
Carl has been a member of Teamsters Local 507 for over 28 years. He started Local 507 as a warehouseman at The George Worthington Company. Carl currently serves the members of Local 507 as President of the Local as well as Chairman of the Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Health & Welfare and Pension Funds. He also serves as Chairman of the Teamsters Local 507 CER Fund. He has served the membership of Local 507 in numerous capacities over the last 22 years including business agent and organizer. Carl also sits as a Director of the Warehouse Division for the Ohio Conference of Teamsters. Carl has been happily married 25 years to wife Amy and has four children, Abby, Cory, Aryn and Collin.
Tom Zdanowicz has been a Teamster for over 40 years including 27 years as a member of Local 507. Tommy Z., as he is better known, began his career with the Local as a truck driver for Seaway Foods and then Sysco Foods. He currently is the elected Vice President of Local 507 and also serves as a Trustee for the Teamsters Local 507 CER Fund. Tommy works daily on contract enforcement and has aggressively represented members in hundreds of grievance and reinstatement hearings. He has been a Union man all of his life and strongly enforces the beliefs of the Union. In regard to his family life, Tommy has been married to Elaine for over 40 years. He is the father of three children and the grandfather of eight. He enjoys going to all of his grandchildren's sporting events and is a strong family man.
Ray Brown is a 2nd generation Teamsters Local 507 member and has been in the Union for more than 30 years. His father was an A&P Foods warehouseman and Ray followed in his those footsteps (as written in his St. Edward High School Football Yearbook). In addition to being a Local 507 Business Agent for 25 of those years, he serves our membership as Recording Secretary as well as Trustee of the Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Health & Welfare and Pension Funds. Ray has been through some tough times, the toughest of which was losing his wife to breast cancer in January of 2002. He is now remarried to Karen and is acting father to her two daughters, Hannah, 13 and Melanie, 8, who lost their father as well in 2000. He has two children, Brittny, who attends Ohio State, and Ray J, who attends St. Edward High School. Ray’s approach to life is to persevere, and know that with faith, we are never alone, no matter how bleak things appear!
Joe has worked in two warehouses in his more than 30 years in Local 507. The first 5 years were at Myron Nickman and the last 25 plus years have been at Fazio's/Riser/Giant Eagle (all the same place). He was elected as a Shop Steward by his co-workers for over 25 of these years. His greatest honor as a Teamster occurred in 2000 when he was appointed to the Executive Board as a Trustee. He has since been re-elected to this position for his last 3 terms. The year 2007 was of landmark occasions for Joe: he reached his 30th year in Local 507 and he and his wife Tricia celebrated their 25th anniversary in October. They have been blessed with four great children; Ed, 24, Kevin, 22, Shamus, 17, and Julia, 16 who are are all unique individuals and any parent would be proud of them.
Safeyyah was appointed as a Trustee on the Executive Board in June of 2010. She has been an employee of the American Red Cross for nine years and a Teamster and Union Steward for four of those years. During her time as a member of the Union, she has helped win four arbitration cases, regularly attends the Teamsters Women’s Conference and is a member of the Teamsters National Black Caucus. She is proactive and contributes time and resources which, as a member of this great Union, helps, along with others, to strengthen and promote solidarity.
Appointment to the Executive Board position as a Trustee of Teamsters Local 507 is an honor, and, as such, Safeyyah says to expect more of the same dedication and commitment to her new position as she has displayed over the past years.
Edwin Reyes - Trustee
Edwin was nominated to serve as a Trustee on the Executive Board for the 3-year term beginning January 1, 2012; he accepted and, in his words, was humbled and honored. He brings a multicultural dimension to the Board, for our diverse and multicultural membership. Edwin has been working at Clifton Steel Company as a steel burner for more than 17 years. His co-workers elected him to serve as their Union Steward four years ago. As a Teamster, he has been active in local political campaigns and issues, such as SB-5, as well as for the Obama campaign in 2008. Edwin has been married to his wife Jazmin Torres-Lugo, an attorney, for 30 years and they have three lovely children; Stephanie, 27, Jessamin, 23, and KellyEd, 15.