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  • 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.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

     
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HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY!
THREE NEW FLAG POLES FOR LOCAL 179
Teamsters Local 179 now proudly displays the United States, State of Illinois and International Brotherhood of Teamsters flags!
APRIL 5, 2015 - LOCAL 179 AT GRUNDY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING TO OPPOSE RIGHT TO WORK!
(Photo by Heidi Litchfield, Shaw Media)
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 RETIREES CLUB QUARTERLY MEETING HELD JUNE 16TH
APRIL 21, 2015 - NAPERVILLE CITY COUNCIL TABLES "RIGHT-TO-WORK" RESOLUTION INDEFINITELY
PONTIAC RIGHT-TO-WORK MEETING RESCHEDULED DUE TO HUGE TURNOUT!
CORRECTION! New meeting date will be Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the high school.
LOCAL 179 PRESENT AT CRETE AND LEXINGTON RIGHT-TO-WORK ZONE HEARINGS ON APRIL 13TH
2015 JAMES R. HOFFA SCHOLARSHIP FUND ESSAY CONTEST ANNOUNCED
See the article on the home page for details and to download the application.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MILANO BAKERY! CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!
Teamsters Local 179 is proud to represent Milano Bakery drivers!
BE A PART OF THE TEAM(STERS)! ORGANIZE YOUR WORKPLACE TODAY!
Contact Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners at 815-741-2200. All conversations are kept strictly confidential!
PROUDLY SERVING OUR MEMBERS FOR 112 YEARS.
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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.
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Contract Negotiations/Ratifications Update

Amerigas Members voted unanimously to accept a new 3-year agreement. CR Towing Members at CR Towing ratified a new 3-year agreement. Hawk Volkswagen (Formerly D'Arcy Volkswagen) The new employer has recognized the union and signed to Local 179's automotive contract. Lindmar Towing Local 179 is in negotiations with Lindmar Towing.
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GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER HITS WALL ON MOVE TO BLOCK "FAIR SHARE" UNION DUES

Gov. Bruce Rauner's move to block some state workers from having to pay union dues is in legal trouble. But Rauner isn't yet conceding the point. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office confirmed today that Rauner's executive order, issued this week, exceeded his authority.
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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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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.

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.
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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 $.
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Teamsters Local 179 Sixth Annual Membership Picnic, Saturday, August 1st

Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc., Warehouse Workers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 179!

On Thursday, June 4th, the warehouse workers at Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc. voted to join Teamsters Local 179.

The facility, located in Romeoville, employs 50 bargaining unit employees.  Currently, 13 other facilities around the country are union.

Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners expressed his appreciation to his committee members for all of their hard work.  He also thanked the Teamsters Joint Council 25 organizing department for their help with the campaign.

Local 179 President Tom Flynn said that he proudly welcomes the new members at Bunzl, and said that Local 179 is committed to negotiating a good, solid agreement for them.  "With all of the current anti-union rhetoric in the news lately, I applaud these workers for having the courage to do what is right to better their lives and the lives of their families," he said.

Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc. supplies a range of products including outsourced food packaging, disposable supplies, and cleaning and safety products to food processors, supermarkets, non-food retailers, convenience stores and other users.  Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunzl Distribution owns and operates more than 100 warehouses that serve all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as Canada, the Caribbean and parts of Mexico.

Local 179 President Tom Flynn Thanks Illinois Lawmakers for Rejecting Right-To-Work in Symbolic Vote

Illinois lawmaker's sent a strong message today to Governor Bruce Rauner in a symbolic vote that resulted in the rejection of his "Right-to-Work" bill. 

Local 179 President Tom Flynn said, "I would like to thank the Illinois State House for voting down right-to-work 72-0 today. They stood up for the middle class citizens of Illinois.  Please make no mistake, right-to-work is not a "union issue" but more an attack on ALL middle class people by the 1% rich greedy jerks that run the Republican party.  Right-to-work is proven to lower wages across the board for all hourly paid workers.  Please don't be fooled.  RTW is bad for 99% of the country.  Thanks Mike Madigan and all elected officials for supporting us today. Please stay strong."

The count was along party lines in the Democratic-majority House with 72 "no" votes, zero "yes" votes and 37 members voting "present."

Chicago already has pre-empted Rauner, passing a resolution last week against right-to-work in the third biggest U.S. city.

GRUNDY COUNTY: RIGHT-TO-WORK RESOLUTION UNABLE TO GET A MOTION TO VOTE

The Grundy County board room was packed with pro-union workers on Tuesday, April 5th.  The workers were there to once again show their opposition to Governor Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the Right-to-Work resolution.

The floor was open for public comment and no one spoke in favor of the Right-to-Work resolution.

According to the Morris Herald-News, Chairwoman Deb Warning called for a motion to vote on the resolution.  Kerri Courtright motioned, but the other committee members would not second the motion, causing the room to erupt in cheers from the union members who were present.

Without a second, the resolution could not be discussed or voted on by the committee.

Local 179 Shows Opposition for Governor Rauner's Turnaround Agenda!

Check Out Our Right-To-Work Facts Page

We have added a Right-To-Work Facts Page tab in the menu bar at the top of this page.  Check back frequently for articles and photos.  Learn just how wrong Right-to-Work is for Illinois workers!

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest Announced

Winners Will Be Awarded $1,000

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has announced the topic for the 2015 Essay Contest.  The contest is open to applicants which are the son, daughter or financial dependent of a Teamster member (including GCC, BMWED, BLET members) who are 23 years of age or younger and currently a student at a community college, four-year institution or vocational/technical school.  Winners are awarded $1,000.

The application must be filled out and provided with the essay (500 words or less) no later than June 15, 2015.  Applications and essays may be e-mailed to: Scholarship@teamster.org or mailed in to:  JRHMSF Essay Contest, 25 Louisiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001.

The 2015 topic is: What impact would an increase in union membership have on the U.S. economy and the middle class?

RAUNER'S PROPOSED 'RIGHT-TO-WORK ZONES" MEET RESISTANCE AT OSWEGO VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

It was standing room only at the Oswego Village Board's meeting on Tuesday, March 31st.  The meeting was held to discuss Governor Rauner's proposed right-to-work zones. The crowd was largely pro-union.
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Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee Scholarship Winners Honored

The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee recognized its 2015 scholarship recipients during a night of celebration at the Third Annual Gala Dinner Dance on March 21.
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Teamsters Local 179 Launches Job Listings Tab!

Local 179 is launching a Job Listings tab! 

We are currently in the process of compiling job listing information from employers who are signatory to Local 179 and are currently hiring. 

In the future, any Local 179 signatory employers who would like job listing(s) information included on our Job Listings tab, can contact President Tom Flynn at the Local 179 office at (815) 741-2200 with the pertinent information.

WHY UNIONS ARE THE SEEDS OF DEMOCRACY

Not only do workers in Right-To-Work-For-Less states make less money, have worse health insurance benefits and are more likely to die on the job, but seven out of the ten top unemployment states are Right-To-Work-For-Less!

Watch the interesting video, "Why Unions are the Seeds of Democracy from The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6RjAeVkh44

First Student Contract Update

First Student drivers and monitors can stay updated on the First Student National Agreement by going to the "First Student Contract Update" box under the Current Campaigns module located on the left side of this page.
Meet IL Governor Bruce Rauner - Poster Boy for War on Middle Class

Now that he is governor, Rauner has proposed draconian limits on the collective bargaining rights of unions representing state employees, cutting back on their pay, prohibiting workers from being able to negotiate over wages and benefits, and transferring all future state pension benefits into risky 401(k) plans. And he has declared war on middle class state employee salaries.
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DATA: WHAT EFFECT DO UNIONS HAVE ON WAGES AND BUSINESS?
Although Republican Governor Bruce Rauner continues his anti-union rhetoric, studies show you'd be better off in a union. Since 2000, union members' earnings have consistently been higher than those of non-union workers. Multiple studies show that unions significantly equalize pay among workers by raising the floor and lowering the ceiling of pay scales.
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ILLINOIS TEAMSTERS 2015 CONSTRUCTION TRUCK DRIVER (120 HOURS) TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM SCHEDULED

The Illinois Teamsters 2015 Construction Truck Driver (120 Hours) Training Pilot Program is available to all Illinois Teamster members (in good standing), including their immediate dependents (must be 18 or older), individuals referred by a Teamsters Principal Officer, and/or honorably discharged Military Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard personnel who are permanent residents of the State of Illinois.  In partnership with the Teamsters Military Assistance Program, the Illinois Teamsters/Employers Apprenticeship and Training Fund is proud to offer this program to our nation's military personnel for their dedicated service in protecting our country.

The dates for this year's Training Pilot Program are March 9th to March 31st.  Training will be from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and will take place at the Training Center located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet.

You can view and download an informational notice below.  You can also go directly to the Illinois Teamsters/Employers Apprenticeship and Training Fund's information/registration page by clicking here:  http://www.fcgetslms.info/


Download: Illinois Teamsters 2015 Construction Truck Driver 120 Hours Training Pilot Program Notice.pdf
M.D. MILLER TRUCKING & TOPSOIL, INC., ORDERED TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO WRONGFULLY TERMINATED EMPLOYEE

After winning a grievance at a grievance panel and winning a decision at the Labor Board in Chicago, on December 19, 2014, the United States Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., upheld that decision and has ordered M.D. Miller Trucking & Topsoil, Inc., located in Plainfield, to put wrongfully terminated employee Edward McCallum back to work with approximately two years of full back pay (including overtime) and benefits.

In addition, the company must also conspicuously post 10 copies of the Notice to Employees at all areas where notices to the employees are customarily posted.

Teamsters Local 179 will ensure that M.D. Miller Trucking & Topsoil, Inc. complies with the decision of the United States Labor Relations Board.

You can read the decision below:


Download:
Miller decision.pdf
NLRB Issues Rule to Speed Up Union Organizing
The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period.  And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections.
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LOCAL 179 ORGANIZING UPDATE

Con-Way Freight, Located in Aurora

Local 179 is currently in the middle of an organizing campaign at the Con-Way Freight terminal located in Aurora.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Local 179 filed five Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against Con-Way with the National Labor Relations Board.  Local 179 is awaiting the results from that hearing.

On September 12, 2014, drivers and dockworkers at Con-Way Freight in Laredo, Texas voted to join Teamsters Local 657 and on September 9, Teamsters Joint Council 42 in Southern California filed for election at three Con-Way terminals.

First Student Naperville Ratifies New 4-Year Agreement

On Friday, October 31st, drivers and monitors at the First Student bus yards in Naperville ratified a new 4-year collective bargaining agreement. 

Some of the highlights of the new contract include:

  • Wage increases of between 12.5% and 30% over the life of the agreement
  • Vision insurance
  • Retention bonus language remains
  • Additional pay increases for van drivers

Local 179 President Tom Flynn said that he is hopeful that with this new agreement, First Student will retain their contract with District 204.

There are three First Student bus yards in Naperville, and the new agreement covers approximately 400 drivers and monitors.

Will and Grundy Counties Area Construction Agreement Now Available Online
The Area Agreement between the Contractor's Association of Will and Grundy Counties and Teamsters Local 179 is available to Local 179 members who are registered users on the Local 179 website.  The agreement can be viewed, download and printed.  Just click on Member Resources at the top of this page and go to Contracts.
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Local 179 Incumbents Retained

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Local 179 conducted the 2014 Nomination of Officers.  There was no opposition to the current Executive Board and therefore, the following Officers have been re-elected by acclamation:

President/Principal Officer – Tom Flynn (re-elected)

Secretary-Treasurer – Greg Elsbree (re-elected)

Vice President – Christ Richter (re-elected)

Recording Secretary – Jim Babcock (re-elected)

Trustee – Bob Conners (re-elected)

Trustee – Dave Randolph (re-elected)

Trustee – Bob Joly (elected)

The Officers, Trustees and agents of Local 179 wish to thank the membership for their confidence and support.  President Tom Flynn said the he and his staff look forward to proudly serving the Local 179 membership for the next three years.

Members at First Student, Crest Hill Ratify New Agreement

On Friday, August 29th, drivers and monitors at First Student, Crest Hill ratified a new 5-year agreement by an over 2-1 margin.

The new collective bargaining agreement includes yearly pay increases for each step, with senior drivers making over $20.00 per hour in the last year of the contract.  The agreement also includes increases to charter pay and the company matching contribution to the 401k plan.

New grievance panel language was also added.

President Tom Flynn stated that the new First Student agreement is a good contract with good, strong language.

MEMBERS OVERWHELMNGLY RATIFY NEW AREA CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT

Today in an 84-19 vote, members overwhelmingly ratified a new Will & Grundy Counties Area Construction Agreement.

The new 3-year collective bargaining agreement includes 9.75% increases over the life of the contract and up to $2,000.00 in bonuses as well as retroactive pay back to June 1, 2014.  The new agreement also puts members into the preferred pension plan and maintains health insurance coverage.

Local 179 President Tom Flynn said that he would like to thank the members for a good turn out and for ratifying a good, solid agreement.

DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER TO VOTE!

This year's General Election on November 4th is an important one for Teamster (and all union) members and working families across our state.  If you are not currently registered to vote, we highly encourage you to do so.
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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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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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