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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.

  • 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!

  • Join the movement to stop the war on workers. Corporate CEOs and billionaires are attacking you, your family and your job. The battlefield is in statehouses throughout the country.  Our jobs, our health, our kids, our retirement and our standard of living are all at risk. Check this page frequently for updates. 

  • This webpage provides updates to AWI/White Rose Teamsters about the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 9, 2014. The Warehouse Division of the Teamsters Union has been appointed to the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the bankruptcy filing and the union has assembled a team to monitor the bankruptcy. The Teamsters will play an active role in the bankruptcy process in an effort to best protect the jobs, wages and benefits of our members.

     
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WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
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!
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.
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.
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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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Organize Today!
Contact Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners by going to the Organize Today module at the right or call (815) 741-2200.

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Teamsters at Work (P.T. Ferro Construction)

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JOINT COUNCIL 25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE 2015 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE!

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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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.
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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.



HELP MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR THE CHILDREN OF LAMB'S FOLD

Once again, this year the generous members of Teamsters Local 179 will make Christmas brighter for children at the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children located in Joliet.

This year many of the children at Lamb's Fold have bicycles on their wish list.  Teamsters Local 179 needs to reach a monetary goal of $700.00 to purchase the bikes.  Donations were taken at the November General Membership meeting and to date, a little over $200.00 has been raised.  The monetary donations can be dropped off at the Local 179 office located at 1000 NE Frontage Road in Joliet.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (the office is closed each day from noon to 1:00 p.m.).  Donations will also be taken at the December General Membership meeting on December 21.  The bikes will be purchased and taken to the Center on Monday, December 22.

The Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet serves homeless and abused women and children by providing them with community-based supportive housing, personalized recovery services, and assisting them to achieve self suffiency.

LOCAL 179 ORGANIZING UPDATES

G & D Integrated, Located in Channahon

On Friday, December 19, 2014, 50 drivers at G & D Integrated in Channahon will exercise their right to vote to join Teamsters Local 179.  The election will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Channahon terminal location.

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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