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  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

     
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FAMILY FUN AT LOCAL 179'S FIFTH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC HELD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Pictures can be viewed in the photo gallery!
Another Day of Picketing for Local 179
Pickets were up on Thursday, July 31st against Ajax Waste Services at LaFarge for no signed contract.
June 16 - Pickets Up Against Dillon Transport
Local 179 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Elsbree holds a picket sign at the Fiala Aphalt plant against Dillon Transport for no signed contract.
NEED A UNION?
Contact Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners at 815-741-2200. All conversations are kept strictly confidential.
LOCAL 179 STRIKES TRUCKS AT THREE LAFARGE LOCATIONS
Pickets were up on June 2nd. Trucks were picketed for no signed contract.
CONGRESSMAN BILL FOSTER (IL-11) AND LOCAL 179 PRESIDENT TOM FLYNN
A round table discussion regarding the extension of emergency unemployment benefits was held on January 17, 2014. Full story below.
PROUDLY SERVING OUR MEMBERS FOR 111 YEARS.
CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO LEARN HOW!
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JOIN THE TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 RETIREES CLUB TODAY!
Go to the "Take Action!" tab at the top of the page for more information.
Organize Today!
Contact Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners by going to the Organize Today module at the right or call (815) 741-2200.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO LEARN MORE!
Teamsters at Work (P.T. Ferro Construction)

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NEED A UNION? BECOME A PROUD MEMBER OF TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179!

FOR INFORMATION ON ORGANIZING YOUR WORKPLACE, CONTACT TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 ORGANIZER BOB CONNERS AT (815) 741-2200.  ALL CONVERSATIONS ARE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE TEAMSTERS WOMEN'S CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 4-6, 2014 IN CHICAGO!

Register below to join your Teamster Sisters and Brothers at this year's conference! The program will be held September 4-6, 2014, at the Hilton Chicago, located at 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. We have reserved a room block at the Hilton Chicago. To receive the Women’s Conference room rate of $199.00, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-445-8667 or 1-312-922-4400 no later than August 7, 2014 and use ID: "Teamsters Women’s Conference 2014." As always, this is an opportunity for Teamster women and men to take advantage of great speakers, educational workshops and time to network with other dedicated Teamsters - all of whom make a difference! CLICK HERE to download a conference flier The schedule for the Teamster Women’s Conference is: Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:00 a.m.: Registration Opens 2:00 p.m.: Conference Opening Session 5:30 p.m.: Reception Friday, September 5, 2014 8:00 a.m.: Registration 9:00 a.m.: General Session & Workshops Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:00 a.m.: General Session & Workshops 5:00 p.m.: Adjourn REGISTRATION: For questions regarding registration, call Vicky Matullo at (202) 624-8724. CONFERENCE INFO: For questions regarding the conference, call Megan Hahn at (202) 624-8799. To register, click here: https://events.teamster.org/ei/cm.esp.
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CASH FOR CLASS ESSAY CONTEST!

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has announced this year's Essay Contest topic:  "The vast majority of union members make more than the minimum wage.  Why should Teamsters care what the minimum wage is.
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Organizing Update: Local 179 Files for Representation Election for Workers at Parsec, Inc.

On Monday, June 2nd, Teamsters Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners filed a petition for a representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), on behalf of the approximately 500 employees at Parsec, Inc. intermodal facility located in Elwood and the Parsec maintenance shop located in Chicago.
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Teamsters Nationally Approve YRC Agreement

Teamsters working for YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) have approved a tentative agreement aimed at protecting more than 30,000 jobs. Workers voted this weekend after rejecting a prior company proposal. Teamsters at YRCW approved this latest proposal by a vote of 12,267 to 6,314.  Read the full story on the International Brotherhood of Teamsters website here:  http://teamster.
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FORMS FOR LOCAL 179 MEMBERS AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Teamsters Local 179 members can now submit a Withdrawal Card request or notify the local of a change of address online!  Simply go to the Forms tab at the top of the page, click on the form, complete, and submit.



Area Construction Agreement Offer Rejected

Last night, members working for association employers under the Will & Grundy Counties Area Construction Agreement rejected the collective bargaining agreement proposal.

As a result, the non-association ratification vote scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, has been canceled.

Teamsters Local 179 Host Fifth Annual Membership Picnic Saturday, August 2

It was a fun-filled day at Local 179's Fifth Annual Membership Picnic held Saturday, August 2, in Joliet. Well over 500 members and their families enjoyed plenty of food, drinks and music as well as a photo booth for pictures to remember the day.  Children played in two big jumpies and cooled off on giant water slides.
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Teamsters Ratify New Pipeline Agreement
WASHINGTON – An overwhelming majority of Teamster local unions that represent pipeline construction workers in the United States voted in favor of a new three-year contract, the Teamsters Union announced today. The contract covers about 4,000 Teamsters. To read the full story from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters website, click here:  http://teamster.
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MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY ACCEPT MARBA/EXCAVATORS, INC. CONTRACT PROPOSAL

On Wednesday, July 2, the Teamster area construction locals' membership voted overwhelmingly, by an almost 9 to 1 margin, to accept the latest proposal from the MARBA/Excavators, Inc. employers.

The new five year agreement contains good yearly increases as well as a significant signing bonus.  Local 179 MARBA employees voted 100 percent in favor of the agreement.

Now that MARBA has been ratified, Local 179 will be meeting with the Will-Grundy employers as soon as possible to get that collective bargaining agreement done as well.

Members at Vulcan Material Co. Ratify First Stand Alone Agreement

On Thursday, May 29th, Teamsters Local 179 members working at Vulcan Material Co. ratified a quarry agreement after previously being signed to a non-association ready mix agreement.

Local 179 Vulcan employees received a 2.75% increase in their full economic package over three years.  They also received an additional $.30 per hour, top scale for heavy equipment and switched to the Preferred Pension Rehabilitation Plan. 

Under the overwhelmingly accepted new contract, members at Vulcan now have language specific to quarry mining, rather than the previous ready-mix language, helping to clarify the collective bargaining agreement's interpretation.

Teamsters Local 179 Secretary-Treasurer and Vulcan business agent Greg Elsbree said that it is a great start for their first stand alone contract with Local 179.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS READY MIX AND MATERIALS CONTRACT RATIFIED

On Monday, April 21st, Teamster locals 179, 301, 330, and 673 narrowly accepted the Northern Illinois Ready Mix and Materials' contract proposal.

The new agreement includes seniority protection, full back pay, and guaranteed raises over the next two years.

The contract ratification ended a week-long strike and members returned to work on April 22nd.

JOIN TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179!

If you are interested in organizing your workplace, contact Teamsters Local 179 organizer Bob Conners at (815) 741-2200 or complete the Organize Today form in the right column of the home page.  All conversations are kept strictly confidential.

Local 179 Referral List Renewal Reminder

An important reminder to our members who are on the Teamsters Local 179 Referral List:  In order to remain on the list, you must renew your registration, by mail, ninety (90) days from the date of your last registration.  Failure to renew will result in your name being removed from the list until such time that you renew your registration. 

If you have any questions or to inquire your position on the referral list, please feel free to contact our office at (815) 741-2200.

Reminder to Always Keep Your Information Updated

Just a reminder to keep all of your pertinent  information updated with the Local 179 union office.  If you have a change of address, phone number or employer, please notify the union office as soon as possible so that the information on file is accurate. 

Also, If you are a registered user on this website, please make sure your registered user information is updated as well.  Thank you!



Teamsters Military Assistance Program

The Teamsters Military Assistance Program is a disability benefit opportunity available to military veterans and their families through the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  In its brief history, the program has already helped 2,000 Teamsters recoup benefits and additional income owed to them for military service-related disabilities and illnesses.

For more information, please go to Teamsters Military Assistance Program under the Member Resources tab and download the letter from Local 179 President Tom Flynn.  If you are interested in the program, you can also download the Teamsters Military Assistance Program registration form.


 
 
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