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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.

  • 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.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • 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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LOCAL 179 SHOWS SUPPORT FOR MAYOR GIARRANTE
Shown left to right: Vice President Chris Richter, Secretary-Treasurer Greg Elsbree, Mayor Tom Giarrante and President Tom Flynn
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 ENDORSES MAYOR TOM GIARRANTE
Remember to vote in the April 7th elecion!
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 RETIREE CLUB
The Local 179 Retiree Club held their first quarterly meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, February 17th.
FEBRUARY 12, 2015 - ON STRIKE AGAINST M.D. MILLER
Local 179 strikes M.D. Miller Trucking for non-payment of wages/benefits.
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!
LOCAL 179 MEMBERS SET DONATION RECORD!
The Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children accept nine bicycles, barbie toys and Target gift cards. Members donated over $1,100.00 this year.
TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE HOLD 2ND ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR
The Teamsters JC25 Women's Committee held their 2nd Annual Health Fair on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
PROUDLY SERVING OUR MEMBERS FOR 112 YEARS.
FAMILY FUN AT LOCAL 179'S FIFTH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC HELD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Pictures can be viewed in the photo gallery!
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.
CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO LEARN HOW!
Teamsters, sign up to get personalized text messages from the IBT.
JOIN THE TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 RETIREES CLUB TODAY!
Go to the "Take Action!" tab at the top of the page for more information.
JUST CLICK ON THE PHOTO!

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO LEARN MORE!

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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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APPLY FOR THE 2015-2016 JAMES R. HOFFA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

James R. Hoffa became a Teamsters member in 1934, served as General President for 14 years. and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union, was honored as General President Emeritus for Life.  At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, then-General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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JOINT COUNCIL 25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE 2015 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 25TH!

The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee brings together representatives from each Joint Council 25 affiliate to strengthen communication and leadership opportunities for women throughout our union.  The Women's Committee has made a strong commitment to the continued education of Teamster women, and their scholarship program is a direct result of that committment.
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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 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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Joliet City Councilman John Gerl's "Walk Day" tomorrow, February 28th

A reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, February 28th, John Gerl, (Joliet Councilman District 3) will have a "Walk Day" to hang literature on the doors of residents in his district.  Councilman Gerl would greatly appreciate volunteers to help with his campaign material.  Please feel free to bring a friend along to help!  Hopefully, the entire district can be covered in just a few hours.

If you are able to help, volunteers are meeting at the Phoenix Development office located at 3221 Fiday Road in Joliet at 10:00 a.m.  Around 2:00 p.m., volunteers will make their way to Cemeno's Pizza for pizza and refreshments.

Thank you!

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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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.

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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