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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • UPS Teamsters ratified the National Master UPS Agreement on June 26, 2013. The five-year contract includes increases in wages, health care and pension contributions and many other improvements. Several local Supplements and Riders did not pass, and the union is working through an internal, democratic process to resolve the issues. At UPS Freight, members overwhelmingly approved a new national five-year contract on Jan. 12, 2014. 

  • There are about 350 of us who work at EXAL in Youngstown, Ohio, where we manufacture aluminum bottles for large customers like Budweiser and Coca-Cola. We are uniting with Teamsters Local 377 to improve respect and working conditions at our company. Thank you for following our webpage. Fill in the “Join Our Fight” box below with your information to receive text message updates.

  • 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.

     

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • 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.

     
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JC25 Women's Committee's 2nd Annual White Sox Night Scheduled for Saturday, July 19th!
See article below or click on the photo for details!
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.

THE JAMES R. HOFFA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO LEARN MORE.
PROUDLY SERVING OUR MEMBERS FOR 111 YEARS.
TURBO TAX DISCOUNT FOR TEAMSTERS
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TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 MEMBERS GIVE BACK
Donations for the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet.
TEAMSTERS SHOW YOUR PRIDE!
The purchase of this product benefits the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund. Click on the photo for details!
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Teamsters, sign up to get personalized text messages from the IBT.
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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.
Teamsters at Work (First Student)

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Teamsters at Work (P.T. Ferro Construction)
Teamsters at Work (Stepan Co.)

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JC25 Women's Committee Quarterly Membership Meeting Scheduled for May 20th

The JC25 Women's Committee will hold their next quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., at the Teamsters Local 700 meeting hall located at 1300 W. Higgins Road, Suite 114, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Guest speaker, Local 700 Secretary-Treasurer Barb Cornett, a former police officer, will give a presentation on self defense and personal safety.
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Download: JC25 Women's Committee May 2014 Meeting Flyer.pdf

NEW 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.

JAMES R. HOFFA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union and its members, 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 new scholarship fund.
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Teamsters Local 179 Members Give Back

This holiday season, Teamsters Local 179 members donated 755.00 in monetary donations as well as clothing, toys and diapers for the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet. "Once again, the members of Local 179 have come through for our community and I am extremely appreciative of their generosity", said Local 179 President Tom Flynn.
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Illinois Central Bus Yard Located in Coal City Hit by Tornado

The Illinos Central bus yard in Coal City was devastated by the EF2 tornado that touched down today.  The tornado had winds clocked between 111 and 135 mph. Approximately 60 school buses were damaged, and some destroyed leaving 80 drivers/monitors out of work.  The Illinois Central office building also received severe damage.
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TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR TEAMSTERS

Five $1,000 Scholarships Will Be Awarded to Members Continuing Their Education The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee proudly announces the launch of its scholarship program, which is aimed at assisting Teamsters who are continuing their education.
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS READY MIX AND MATERIALS MEMBERS ON STRIKE!

On Sunday, April 13th, Teamster members at Local 179, 301, 330, and 673 voted overwhelmingly to reject the fourth and final offer from the Northern Illinois Ready Mix and Materials Association (NIRMMA) employers.  Companies on strike are:  Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Welsch Ready Mix, Prairie Materials and Coal City Redi-Mix.

At issue are the companies' unfair labor practice and insistence on jamming bad subcontracting language dealing with seniority, down the members' throats.  Teamsters Local 179 President Tom Flynn remarked that, "It will be a cold day in hell before I negotiate away our members' seniority rights.  The local and our members are dug in for as long as it takes."

NIRMMA non-association companies:  Chief Redi Mix, Forrest Redi-Mix, Grundy County Redi-Mix, Riber Construction and Ready Mix, and Wille Brothers Company have signed an interim agreement and members employed at these companies will continue to work.

Local 179 encourages all members, ready-mix or otherwise to please support our drivers and volunteer at pickets if possible.

APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUSPENDED

By majority membership vote taken at the March General Membership meeting, the April General Membership meeting has been suspended due to the fact that it falls on Easter Sunday.

The next General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday, May 18th.

JC25 Women's Committee 2nd Annual White Sox Night Scheduled for Saturday, July 19th

The JC25 Women's Committee has scheduled their 2nd Annual White Sox Night for Saturday, July 19th.  On this night the White Sox would like to offer specially priced tickets to the Teamsters Joint Council Women's Committee members, family and friends. The White Sox will take on the Astros starting at 6:10 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field.
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Download: JC25 Women's Committee 2014 White Sox Flyer.pdf
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.org/news/2014/01/teamsters-yrcw-approve-agreement-aimed-saving-30000-jobs

The Local 179 vote totals were:  60-Yes and 141-No.  Complete vote totals can be viewed here:  http://teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/finalyrcw.pdf

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 HOST ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSION

Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) came to the Teamsters Local 179 membership hall on Friday, January 17, for a round table discussion regarding the emergency extension of unemployment benefits.  Congressman Foster wanted to hear from area labor leaders and members.
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UPS Freight Teamsters Overwhelmingly Approve New National Contract

New 5-Year Contract Increases Wages, Strengthens Pensions, Tackles Subcontracting (WASHINGTON) – UPS Freight Teamsters have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new national five-year master agreement that increases wages, significantly strengthens pension benefits and takes on the issue of subcontracting.
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YRCW Teamsters Reject Extending, Modifying Current Restructuring Agreement

Teamsters at YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) rejected the company’s proposal that would have extended and modified the existing memorandum of understanding. Members voted over the past several weeks and ballots were counted today. The proposed extension and modification was voted down 61 percent to 39 percent.  Read the full story from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters website here: http://teamster.org/news/2014/01/yrcw-teamsters-reject-extending-modifying-current-restructuring-agreement 

The Local 179 vote totals were:  26-Yes and 195-No.  Complete vote results can be viewed, here.

Local 179 Members Working Under the Area Wide Traffic Safety Bargaining Agreement Ratify Contract

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, Local 179 members ratified the new Three-Year Area Wide Traffic Safety Bargaining Agreement.

Under the new agreement, members will receive substantial wage increases and maintenance of benefits each year over the three-year duration of the contract.

In addition, members will receive time and one half after 8 hours instead of after 40, and for all hours worked on the sixth day.  All work performed on Sunday will be paid at double time instead of time and one half.

The union was also able to retain all holiday, vacation and personal day benefits.  The employers signatory to the agreement had proposed eliminating those benefits.

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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