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  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • 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.

     
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5/18/16 - LOCAL 179 HOLDS PRACTICE PICKET TODAY AT MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICT 201 AND 111 BUS YARD
5/5/16 - PICKETS UP AGAINST PRD CARTAGE CO. FOR NO SIGNED CONTRACT!
TREASURY REJECTS CENTRAL STATES PENSION CUTS!
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5/4/16 - PICKETS UP AGAINST FORREST REDI-MIX FOR NO SIGNED CONTRACT
Members decertify. Apparently they feel their families don't deserve union health insurance, pension or wages. We feel they do.
ILLINOIS TEAMSTERS JC25 AND EMPLOYERS APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING FUND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
The Training Fund will be accepting applications to its apprenticeship program. See notice below for details.
3/31/16 - PICKETS UP AGAINST SORRELLI TRUCKING, INC. FOR NO SIGNED CONTRACT!
9/25/15 - Trucks were lined up at Mining Int'l as Local 179 picketed non-union trucks.
LOCAL 179 SIXTH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 1.
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!
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PROUDLY SERVING OUR MEMBERS FOR 113 YEARS.
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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TEAMSTERS LAUNCH: "LET'S GET AMERICA WORKING!"

Campaign to Focus on Bipartisan Approach to Infrastructure Priorities (WASHINGTON) – Today, the Teamsters Union launched the “Let’s Get America Working!” campaign to encourage both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to work together to focus on creating good jobs through investment in our infrastructure.
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LIFELOCK FOR TEAMSTERS

Teamsters can access a new benefit - LifeLock® Identity Theft Protection – at a discount! Teamsters will receive discounted pricing on the products, plus a portion of all purchases will be donated to the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund which supports the education of Teamster sons and daughters: https://ibt2014.secureenrollment.
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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.
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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.
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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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NEXT TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 RETIREE CLUB MEETING

The next Teamsters Local 179 Retiree Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 179 membership hall located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet.

The club will have a guest speaker from The Timbers of Shorewood and refreshments will be served.

LOCAL 179 HOLDS PRACTICE PICKET AT MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICT 201 AND 111 BUS YARD

LOCAL 179 SHARES ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR PAT MCGUIRE NEWSLETTER DATED APRIL 4, 2016

In his newsletter dated April 4, 2016, Illinois State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) states in part that, "Governor Bruce Rauner doesn't know beans about unions.  Yet he has made eliminating unions in Illinois the heart of his governorship."

Teamsters Local 179 could not agree more.  Thank you, Senator McGuire for acknowledging and supporting organized labor.

LOCAL 179 SUCCESSFUL IN ARBITRATION AGAINST STEPAN COMPANY

Teamsters Local 179 Recording Secretary Jim Babcock reported that a grievance filed on behalf of a terminated Stepan Company employee was upheld before an arbitrator on March 28, 2016.

The union was successful in its argument that the company's treatment of the grievant was excessive and lacked just cause.  The grievant has been reinstated to his former position with all seniority, awarded back pay of lost wages in excess of $102,000 and is to be made whole for all benefits and rights under the collective bargaining agreement.

Teamsters Local 179 President Tom Flynn would like to thank Recording Secretary Jim Babcock and union stewards Ken Wruk and Gary Washington for their hard work and tireless dedication in this case.

MINOOKA SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS AND AIDES UNITE AND OVERWHELMINGLY AUTHORIZE STRIKE VOTE

On Wednesday, May 11th, Minooka school bus drivers and aides from Districts #111 and #201, voted overwhelmingly to approve strike authorization.  At issue is respect in the workplace, maintenance of standards, wages and benefits. 

President Tom Flynn said that, "Rarely have I seen such unity in the workforce and we are very impressed with the hugely overwhelming vote to authorize a strike."

Director of Organizing Bob Conners stated that, "It is time for the districts to get serious about negotiations and stop the surface bargaining."

Local 179 would like to thank the negotiating committee for their hard work and dedication during these negotiations.

SEVENTH ANNUAL TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 MEMBERSHIP PICNIC SCHEDULED

TREASURY REJECTS CENTRAL STATES PENSION CUTS!


 

BIG NEWS! U.S. Treasury just announced it has rejected the Central States’ proposal for massive cuts to retirees’ pensions! This is a huge victory in the fight to save the hard-earned retirement benefits of thousands of Teamsters. Read more here: http://ibt.io/cspf-rej
With today’s decision, it’s clear that the voices of retirees’ have been heard. But this victory does not mean the fight to stop pension cuts is over. We need to keep fighting to reverse the damage the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act has inflicted on Teamsters’ retirement security. Click here to take action: http://ibt.io/5-6pnsn

TRAINING FUND WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO ITS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

TEAMSTERS CAPITOL HILL RALLY TO PROTECT PENSIONS

Upwards of 3,000 Central States Pension Fund retirees and their families attended a Capitol Hill rally to tell the Treasury Department to reject a proposal that would slash their retirement savings and called on Congress to come up with a solution to protect seniors’ nest eggs. Read more, here: https://teamster.org/blog/2016/04/central-states-teamsters-demand-action-pensions

Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren speak to Teamsters on Capitol Hill, here:  https://teamster.org/videos/2016/04/sen-elizabeth-warren-speaks-teamsters-capitol-hill-dc

JOIN TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179!

Contact Teamsters Local 179 organizer Bob Conners at (815) 741-2200.  All calls are strictly confidential.

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

A big THANK YOU to all of the Local 179 members who made donations so that the local could purchase items on the wish list of the children of the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet.

This year over $1,000 was collected and the local was able to purchase toys for the children along with gift cards to Burlington Coat Factory so that the center can purchase winter coats for them as well.

"Our members always come through and help the center out this time of year.  We are happy to be able to help make Christmas brighter for the children," said President Tom Flynn.

Toys were delivered to the center on December 10 so that center staff could wrap them.  Members continued to make donations at the General Membership meeting on Sunday, December 20 and President Flynn delivered the gift cards to the center on Monday, December 21.

The Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing service for women and children in our community.  They offer encouragement, tolerance, care and compassion to women (and their children) who have found themselves in a homeless situation due to an untimely pregnancy, fleeing an abusive situation, or a financial crisis.  The program goal is to help women become self-sufficient.

MEMBERS AT FIRST STUDENT NAPERVILLE TO RECEIVE WRONGFULLY DENIED RETENTION BONUSES
After a Local 179 member at First Student Naperville, filed a grievance for not receiving their retention bonus, an investigation into the matter was conducted by Local 179.  It was discovered that 40 members had been shorted retention bonuses totally approximately $8,000.  First Student has acknowledged the error and all qualifying members will now receive their retention bonuses.
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PICKETS UP AT BUNZEL DISTRIBUTION FOR UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES

On Wednesday, November 18th, Teamsters Local 179 began picketing for unfair labor practices at Bunzl Distribution Midcentral, Inc. located in Romeoville.
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Teamsters Ratify National Agreement with First Student

School Bus Workers Win Protections, Benefits and More Addressed in Five-Year Master Contract After several months of negotiations and a month-long balloting process, the Teamsters have ratified the second national agreement with the largest private provider of school bus transportation in North America, First Student, Inc.
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LOTS OF FUN AT THE TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 SIXTH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC!

Teamsters Local 179 held their Sixth Annual Membership Picnic on Saturday, August 1st.  It was a perfect a day for a picnic and approximately 700 members and their families came for food, drinks, raffle prizes and more! Along with the food and drinks, Local 179 provided a DJ, two water slides, an awesome monster jumpy and an inflatable slide for the kids.
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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!

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.

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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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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