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  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • 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 page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • 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 ‘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.

  • 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.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • 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.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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JUNE 19, 2018 - SENATOR PAT MCGUIRE ADDRESSES THE LOCAL 179 RETIREE CLUB
LOCAL 179 HOSTS MEETING WITH SENATOR DICK DURBIN'S OFFICE
The meeting was held to discuss concerns over XPO Logistics in Aurora.
UPDATE! APRIL 18 - MEMBERS AT U.S. HOSE RATIFY NEW 5-YEAR AGREEMENT!
MEMBER MIKE GLADD PRESENTS LOCAL 179 WITH AWARD
Local 179 was honored for their sponsorship of the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall
FEBRUARY 26, 2018 - XPO MARCH ON THE BOSS
Local 179 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Elsbree leads the March on the Boss at XPO in Montgomery, Illinois
JANUARY 27 - LOCAL 179 HOLDS UNION STEWARD TRAINING
IBT Central Region Training Coordinator Shawn Ellis addresses Local 179 union stewards
NOVEMBER 30, 2017 - MARCH ON THE BOSS AT XPO LOGISTICS IN AURORA
Drivers and Local 179 officials
WORKERS AT PARSEC INTERMODEL IN ELWOOD VOTE TO JOIN TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179!
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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CONTRACTOR'S ASSOCIATION OF WILL & GRUNDY COUNTIES' SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

The Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties' Scholarship chair Becky Fallin, President of RHL Insulation and Firestopping, Inc. is pleased to announce the Annual Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties Scholarship Program.
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JC25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE 2018 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE! APPLY NOW!

We are happy to announce our Scholarship Application is now available for all members who wish to apply.  Joint Council 25 Women's Committee believes in investing in our members by helping them reach their educational goals. Please click on the attached application for more information.

Teamsters Joint Council Women’s Committee Celebrates Scholarship Winners at their Fifth Annual Gala Dinner and Scholarship Dance

The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee recognized its 2017scholarship recipients during a night of celebration at the Fifth Annual Gala Dinner Dance on March 4th in Hickory Hills, Ill.
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Broadening ‘Buy American’ Is The Path To Prosperity

Most taxpayers want their tax dollars spent on American-made goods and services. Democrats and Republicans alike share this patriotic “fair trade” value that our government should spend our money at home – whether it’s state and municipal contracts or big federal infrastructure investments. That’s why Buy American laws that give preference to U.S.
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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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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUNDAY, JULY 15

The Teamsters Local 179 General Membership meeting will be held this Sunday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 179 membership hall located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet.

Hope to see you there!

JOLIET SLAMMERS UNION NIGHT TUESDAY, JULY 17

RATES FOR THE WILL & GRUNDY COUNTIES AREA CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT

SAVE THE DATE! TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 MEMBERSHIP PICNIC SET FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 11!

LOCAL 179 HOSTS MEETING WITH SENATOR DURBIN'S OFFICE TO DISCUSS ONGOING XPO ISSUES

On Thursday, April 26, representatives from the IBT and Local 179 met with Greg Bales, Community Outreach Coordinator with Senator Dick Durbin's office to discuss the ongoing issues with the XPO Logistics facility in Aurora.

Workers at the Aurora location voted for Teamsters Local 179 representation in October 2016 and to date the company has refused to sit down at the bargaining table.  In July of last year the National Labor Relations Board ordered XPO to stop refusing to recognize Teamsters Local 179 as the exclusive bargaining representative and to start bargaining with the union.

Ryan Janota and Jose Ramirez, both drivers who were terminated by XPO (after the vote to join the Teamsters), took part in the meeting to tell their stories.  When management called them in to inform them of their termination, both asked to exercise their Weingarten Rights and have a union representative present.  Management refused both drivers that right.  Both Ryan and Jose were instrumental in the campaign to organize and feel that the termination was in part a retaliation against them for their union activity.  Ryan had been with the company for 10 years and had logged 700,000 safe miles.  Jose worked at XPO for eight years and had a clean driving record.

According to IBT Organizer Tony Seminary, XPO customarily gave bonuses to employees and told workers that the company had to spend so much money on "union busters" that there was no money for bonuses.  XPO had $7.6 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2015 and reached $14.6 billion in fiscal year 2016.  Since 2013, XPO Chairman and CEO Bradley Jacobs' compensation increased by 481 percent.  In 2016, Jacobs received a $20 million equity award.

Local 179 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Elsbree told Mr. Bales, "Progress has been made on the west coast because legislators are getting involved.  We have also met with representatives from Senator Tammy Duckworth's and Congressman Bill Foster's offices.  We need Senator Durkin's help to help insure that this issues stays on the radar."

IBT Organizer Michael Mavary added that there are issues at all XPO facilities in the United States that are trying to organize.

The XPO facility in Aurora employs approximately 70 drivers, 60 warehouse workers and between six and eight office employees. 

Thousands of XPO employees are currently represented by unions in Europe, but the company refuses to negotiate in the United States.
 

U.S. HOSE STRIKE OVER! MEMBERS RATIFY NEW 5-YEAR AGREEMENT

After a two week strike, members at U.S. Hose in Romeoville overwhelmingly ratified a new 5-year agreement on Wednesday April 18.

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INTER-MODAL CONTRACTOR PARSEC IN ELWOOD IS HIRING FULL TIME YARD DRIVERS

Inter-modal contractor in Elwood, IL. has immediate openings for full time yard drivers with and without class A CDL. Must have valid driver’s license. Must be able to work nights, weekends, holidays. Company will train . Required pre-employment background screen and drug test. Health insurance, including dental and vision, 401K benefits are available after probation is completed. Apply at parsecinc.com

FIRST STUDENT 401K UPDATE

A conscientious member working at First Student notified Local 179 President Tom Flynn that the company may have not been matching 401k contributions properly.  After investigating the claim, President Flynn filed a grievance.  It was discovered that the company owed approximately $20,000 in contributions to over 100 members working at the Crest Hill and Naperville yards.  The contributions range from $2.80 to $1,200 and will be deposited into the members' 401k accounts.

President Flynn has a list of names and contribution amounts and affected members can call the union office at (815) 741-2200 for details.

WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ADDRESSES LOCAL 179 RETIREE CLUB

On Tuesday, December 19, Lieutenant Ed Hayes with the Will County Sheriff's Department addressed the Local 179 Retiree Club. The topic was How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Scam.  The club was educated on the best ways to avoid being the victim of telephone scams, IRS scams, telemarketer scams, credit card fraud, identity theft and home repair contractor scams.
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LOCAL 179 MEMBERS DONATE BIG FOR LAMB'S FOLD CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

This year the incredibly generous members of Teamsters Local 179 set a new record for the local by raising $2400.00 to provide Christmas gifts for the women and children of the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children located in Joliet. Local 179 member Larry Smith personally organized three fundraisers with the help of member Mike Phillips, raising $1200.00 of the total raised.
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TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 DRIVERS AT XPO LOGISTICS IN AURORA BLAST COMPANY'S MISTREATMENT

(Aurora, Ill.) – Drivers at XPO Logistics in suburban Chicago who formed their union with Teamsters Local 179 in October 2016 “marched on the boss” today to demand that the company start negotiating a contract.

“XPO is mistreating us by refusing to come to the table more than a year after we voted to organize as Teamsters, which is completely unacceptable,” said Jose Ramirez, a driver at XPO in Aurora. “First we had to deal with high-priced union busters during the campaign who repeatedly lied to us, now the company has delayed and delayed the start of negotiations.”

This past July, the National Labor Relations Board ordered XPO to stop refusing to recognize Teamsters Local 179 as the exclusive bargaining representative and to start bargaining with Local 179.

The drivers presented management with a letter and signatures demanding that the company start bargaining right away.

“The drivers at XPO in Aurora stood strong and united during the campaign and they continue to remain strong, despite the company’s vicious anti-worker behavior toward them,” said Tom Flynn, President of Local 179 in Joliet. “We will continue to fight on behalf of the drivers to negotiate a strong contract that protects them and their families. The abuse of the workers must stop.”

PENSION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

LOCAL 179 INCUMBENTS RETAINED

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Local 179 conducted the 2017 Nomination of Officers.  There was no opposition to the current Executive Board and therefore, the officers have been re-elected by acclamation.

UPDATE ON LOCAL 786 CONSTRUCTION ISSUE

Marion D. Davis, Director of the Teamsters Building Material & Construction Trade Division has issued the following memorandum with respect to the Local 786 contruction issue:

Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund Coordinating Efforts with South Texas Leader

August 28,2017 From the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Washington) – International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has directed international union staff to provide all necessary support to members impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods.
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EIGHTH ANNUAL LOCAL 179 MEMBERSHIP PICNIC HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

Members and their families enjoyed a beautiful day at the Eighth Annual Teamsters Local 179 Membership Picnic.

Teamsters Local 179 held their Eighth Annual Membership Picnic on Saturday, August 19.  Hundreds of members and their families enjoyed a fun-filled day that included great food, drinks, music provided by Limelight, ice cream provided by Good Humor Dan, popcorn, face painting, water slides, an inflatable castle and more raffle prizes than ever before!

We would like to thank workman’s compensation attorney Jim Ridge of Ridge & Downes, LLC for providing our raffle prizes as well as two $100 and two $50 L.L. Bean gift cards that were awarded to the first and second place winners of the bags tournament.  This year’s raffle prizes included:  seven bicycles, two drones, four iPads, four 32” smart televisions, four 43” smart televisions, two 50” smart televisions, six pairs of Beats wireless headphones, three JBL Flip Four Bluetooth wireless speakers, a Sony Bluetooth speaker, a mini stereo, a Rebel Bluetooth speaker set and a $25.00 L.L. Bean gift card. 

First place winners of this year’s bags tournament was Vick Haase and Brian Manzello.  Second place winners were Adam Wright and Steve Hollis.  Congratulations to everyone.

A very special thank you to all of the volunteers who came out and worked so hard all day long.  And thank you to the Teamsters Local 179 Retirees Club members and their wives for assisting with the popcorn wagon. 

“On behalf of the Executive Board and staff at Local 179 I would like to thank everyone for coming out to make this year’s picnic another big success.  It is always great to be able to talk with our members and meet their families,” said President Tom Flynn.

WORKERS AT PARSEC INTERMODEL COMPANY VOTE TO JOIN TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179!
Employees Seek Better Wages and Benefits, Strong Voice on the Job

Workers at Parsec, Inc. in Elwood, Ill., an intermodal rail transportation company, have voted overwhelmingly to form their union as members of Teamsters Local 179. The win is the second major worker victory at the company in the last nine months, and there are 507 intermodal workers in the bargaining unit.

“Following the victory at Parsec in Commerce, California, this victory in the Chicago area builds even more worker strength at the company,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “The Teamsters continue to build power in the global supply chain and this victory shows that workers who want a more secure future are turning to the Teamsters.”

“The Teamsters successfully organized Parsec members in the Los Angeles area, which empowered workers to unite and win right here in Illinois,” said Tom Flynn, President of Local 179 in Joliet, Ill. “These hardworking men and women deserve real representation, and they are finally getting it.”

“We knew that the only way to win the improvements we deserve is to form our union as Teamsters and then begin negotiating a legally binding contract,” said Ronnie Brazier, a driver/operator. “We are very excited to finally have a voice on the job so that we can improve our lives.”

The workers received tremendous support from Teamster-represented drivers who came to the Elwood terminal for deliveries and pickups, many of whom encouraged the Parsec workers to remain strong, united and focused on their mission to organize.

Will & Grundy Counties Area Construction Rates Effective June 1, 2017

LOCAL 179 WINS MAJOR ARBITRATION CASE AGAINST PACE BUS

Teamsters Local 179 has won a major arbitration case against Pace Bus in Joliet.

The arbirator ruled that the Local 179 member must be put back to work with almost a year of back wages and benefits.

LOCAL 179 MEMBERS RATIFY 4-YEAR AREA CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT

On Sunday, June 25, Local 179 members working under the Will & Grundy Counties Area Construction Agreement ratified a new 4-year agreement by a nearly 4-1 margin.

The new contract includes a 3.25% increase per year and will cover the health & welfare and pension increases as well as wage increases for each year.  Language improvements were also negotiated into the new contract.

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 BUS DRIVER, MONITOR SAVE CHILDREN FROM FIRE

Members’ Heroism a Prime Example of Teamster Commitment to School Bus Safety

May 22, 2017 was just a normal day for Bus Driver Monica Lally and Monitor Joyce Marfell. They were on their way to Patterson Elementary School, transporting four students as they normally do. But then, disaster struck unexpectedly.

Lally and Marfell were on their way to pick up the fifth and final student when Lally noticed smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle.

“I radioed to the yard to make sure they knew about the situation. The smoke started and quickly grew, and then it turned black,” Lally said. “I turned to Joyce, and I said ‘it’s time to evacuate.’ This is the first time anything like this has ever happened, I’m glad everyone ended up being OK.”

Lally immediately pulled over. Marfell sprang into action, getting the seatbelts off of the students in minutes, even though she said it seemed like an eternity. Lally and Marfell then assisted the students jump out of the back of the bus. Timing was critical: shortly after the students were off the bus and on the curb, the engine caught on fire and the bus was engulfed in flames within minutes.

“Make no mistake about it, Monica Lally and Joyce Marfell are heroes – to their students, to their coworkers, to the entire community,” said Local 179 Principal Officer Tom Flynn. “Thanks to the courage and professionalism of these First Student workers, the students not only escaped a dangerous situation unharmed, but were even able to make it to school for the day.”

Lally pointed to the incident as an example of why it’s important to be ready for anything on the job.

“Be ready to do what you need to do,” Lally said. “Don’t hesitate to tell someone if something doesn’t seem right. Better to be safe than sorry.”

Marfell noted that the parents, the school, and First Student were all very grateful for the way they had acted in response to the fire. She also stressed the importance of being prepared for emergencies.

“When you get in that situation, just stay calm, take a deep breath, and focus on what you have to do,” Marfell said. “Try not to think about what’s going on outside of work, just focus on the kids and helping out your driver, keep the kids calm and stay positive, and everything will be fine.”

ORGANIZE!

Learn more.  Contact Teamsters Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners at (815) 741-2200.  All calls are kept strictly confidential.

LOCAL 179 MEMBERS ATTEND RALLY IN CA TO PROTEST XPO LOGISTIC'S MISTREATMENT OF WORKERS AROUND THE GLOBE

February 27, 2017 Workers, Allies Rally To Raise Awareness Of Company’s Mistreatment (Long Beach, Calif.) – More than 100 Teamsters and their allies held a raucous rally this morning outside a shipping conference to demand that the CEO of XPO Logistics, Bradley Jacobs, end his company’s abhorrent mistreatment of workers in the United States and across the globe.
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LOCAL 179 MEMBERS DONATE TO HELP THE CHILDREN OF THE LAMB'S FOLD CENTER IN JOLIET

On Friday, December 9, Teamsters Local 179 delivered over $1,100 in toys to the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children located in Joliet.


Local 179 had been receiving donation from members starting at this year's membership picnic and at General Membership meetings.  USF Holland union stewards Larry Smith and Bill Lefebvre organized a cookout to raise funds as well.  A big THANK YOU to all of our members who helped to make Christmas brighter for the children of Lamb's Fold! 

UPDATE:  An additional $400 was collected from members after December 9, and gift cards from Target were purchased and delivered to Lamb's Fold on Monday, December 19!

Drivers at XPO Logistics in Aurora, Illinois Choose Teamster Representation

October 13, 2016
Workers Want Decent, Affordable Health Care and Retirement Security

(AURORA, Ill.) – Drivers at XPO Logistics in suburban Chicago voted for Teamster representation yesterday, as workers across the country stand shoulder-to-shoulder to fight for fairness and respect at the one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies.

The 74 drivers at the former Con-way Freight join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and Vernon, Calif. who have already formed their union with the Teamsters. In addition, 127 XPO warehouse workers in North Haven, Conn. also voted for Teamster representation yesterday, and workers at XPO in King of Prussia, Pa. filed for an election on Oct. 11.

“The workers at XPO in Aurora and in North Haven, Conn. sent the company a message that ‘enough is enough,’” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Freight Division. “The workers are tired of being mistreated and not having a say in their work lives.”

“It’s a new day here in Aurora because the workers took the bold step of forming their union as Teamsters,” said Tom Flynn, President of Local 179 in Joliet, Ill. “We will work hard to negotiate a contract that addresses their issues.”

“Our victory is important to all of us because we have seen how XPO operates since taking over Con-way Freight,” said Cliff Phillips, a driver in Aurora. “XPO is treating us unfairly, denying us any voice on the job and just seems interested in the bottom line. But now we will fight back as Teamsters!”

The Aurora workers are seeking affordable and decent health care, retirement security, better working conditions and respect and dignity on the job. XPO is the second-largest freight brokerage provider and second-largest less-than-truckload carrier in North America.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.teamster.org.

MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS #111 and #201 NEGOTIATION UPDATE

September 9, 2016

Today, Teamsters Local Union No. 179 met with School Districts 201 and 111.  The Districts’ so-called leaders, including Superintendant Kris Monn and Assistant Superintendant John Troy, and their attorneys, refused to meet the Union committee face-to-face.  Nevertheless, the Union made every effort, through a mediator, to reach a fair contract for the Districts’ bus drivers and aides and to end the near ten-month-long labor dispute. 

The Union proposed a contract that would provide critical contractual protections for the workers, but would cost the Districts and their taxpayers almost nothing.  The Union proposed a wage freeze for drivers and a modest wage increase for aides in exchange for basic contract rights, such as just cause for discipline and an anti-free rider clause.  (Most aides, who care for students with disabilities and other special needs, make only about $11.50 per hour and have not had a wage increase for nearly 8 years.)

The Districts rejected the Union’s offer without any reasonable justification and conditioned any increases on the Union abandoning fundamental workplace rights, further indicating that the Districts’ intend to avoid reaching a fair agreement.  (The Union has filed unfair labor practice charges with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board protesting the Districts’ bad faith bargaining.)

The Union also proposed that the Districts proceed with the long-overdue wage increases for aides, while the parties continued to negotiate.  The Districts rejected this offer too.  Instead, the Districts chose to withhold the small wage increase for the aides, who care for the Districts’ most vulnerable students, unless the Union gave up the basic contract terms that are vital to well being of all workers. 

To top off its disrespect for workers, the Districts abruptly ended negotiations and threatened unspecified reprisal against workers on the Union’s negotiation committee, if they did not return to work.  The workers did return to work to ensure that students were timely transported home, but after learning that the Districts had failed to plan for the absence of the Union’s negotiation committee members.

This obstinacy by the Districts is not just an attack on workers, it is an affront to the taxpayers.  The Districts could quickly reach a contract with the Union that costs the taxpayers almost nothing.  Instead, the Districts have chosen to pay thousands of dollars in needless attorneys’ fees.  A freedom of information act request revealed that, through July 2016, the Districts paid more than $30,000 to the law firm of Scariano, Himes and Petrarca to bust the Union.

This waste of taxpayer money has surely increased substantially over August and will only continue to balloon as the Districts continue to pay the lawyers to bust the Union.

The Districts’ conduct in these negotiations is nothing less than shameful and has, unfortunately, increased the likelihood of further disruption to bus services. 

Enough is enough.

We urge parents and other community members to contact the Districts’ management and Board members and demand that they end the Union busting now.

Superintendant Kris Monn:  email: kmonn@min201.org, Phone: 815-467-6121 Ext. #1, Fax: 815-467-9544

Assistant Superintendant John Troy: email: jtroy@mchs.net, Phone 815-467-2557, Fax 815-467-9733

Minooka Community High School District #111 Board Members: http://mchs.net/schoolboard/schoolboard.php

Minooka Community Consolidated School District #201 Board Members:  http://www.min201.org/?page_id=2697

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ATTENTION MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS 111 AND 201 DRIVERS AND AIDES!

ATTENTION DISTRICT 111 AND 201 EMPLOYEES

Teamsters Local 179 met for several hours with District management in contract negotiations August 24.   It has become patently clear that the Districts have no intention of reaching any kind of agreement for the bus drivers, let alone a fair agreement.  District management has engaged in classic bad faith bargaining tactics designed to avoid an agreement rather than reach an agreement. 

To avoid further conflict and end the strike, the Union even proposed to allow disputed provisions in the contract to be resolved by an arbitrator.   The Districts refused, apparently satisfied with cutting students’ class time and requiring kids to spend excessive time on hot over-crowded busses.  

 The Union will be addressing the Districts’ bad faith in the proper legal forum.  District management will, once again, cost the tax payers of the Districts thousands and thousands in legal fees and keep the children and parents of the community in a state of uncertainty as to the stability of their school transportation.

This legal process is not only going to be very expensive but also very long and complicated.  Given these circumstances, it would be an extreme and unfair burden on the Districts’ Teamster employees, students, and community for the Teamster employees to continue their strike at this time.  As a result, the Teamsters are suspending the strike and directing their supporters to return to work immediately, pending the outcome of the legal process and/or when a resumption of the strike is necessary.  

ARE MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS 111 AND 201 IN VIOLATION?

It appears that Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 are in violation of the Illinois State Board of Education School Bus Driver Curriculum Handbook.

The pages, taken from the administrator's copy of the handbook, would indicate as such:  #12 of page 15 reads:  "After any repairs are made, the school bus mechanic performing the repairs/adjustments must sign and date the School Bus Driver's Pre-trip Inspection Form."  NOTE:  Local 179 has proposed that this language be incorporated into the contract, however the districts refuse to agree.

#3 of page 19 reads:  "School buses can transport three to a seat if passengers are in grades 1 through 5, and two per seat in grades 9-12.  For students in grades 6 through 8, school districts should vary the capacity of the bus depending on the size of the students.  This ensures every student the safety factor of compartmentalization."    NOTE:  The photo below was sent to Local 179 today, August 22.  Here, the district appears to be in clear violation.


LOCAL 179 FILES UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGE AGAINST MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICT 201

On Friday, August 19, Teamsters Local 179 filed an unfair labor practice charge against Minooka School District 201.

The issue is the district's solicitation of teachers and teacher's aides to use district vehicles to transport special needs students to and from school.  This is yet another safety issue by the district to put untrained personnel in vehicles to transport students in an attempt to thwart the drivers' efforts to form their union.

Local 179 President Tom Flynn said, "I am outraged at the district's casual attitude toward safety and we will push this labor relations issue as far as the law allows."

NEGOTIATIONS TO RESUME WITH MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS 111 AND 201

Teamsters Local 179 will resume contract negotiations with Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 at noon on Wednesday, August 24.

MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS 111 AND 201 SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS AND AIDES ON STRIKE

At 5:30 a.m. this morning, Teamsters Local 179 took the drivers and aides at Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 out on strike.

At issue is union security, safety, maintenance of standards and a host of other matters.

We ask that you SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS AND AIDES!

NEGOTIATIONS WITH MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS 111 AND 201 BREAK DOWN. A LETTER FROM LOCAL 179 PRESIDENT TOM FLYNN

To:  All Teamsters Local 179 Members, Especially Drivers and Aides From Minooka School Districts 111 and 201

From:  Tom Flynn, President, Teamsters Local 179

Today, August 2, 2016, negotiations between Local 179 and Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 officially broke down.  The districts were quick to email all of the parents in the districts to try to place the blame on the "greedy" Teamsters.  Normally I leave the details of negotiations at the table, but since the district decided to stoop to a level I have never before seen and try to "win" public opinion through social media, I feel I must respond.

In late 2015, Local 179 gained the right to represent the drivers and aides through a petition filed with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board.  After being certified by the Labor Board, the district would not meet with us for two months citing, "We are putting our committee together."  It wasn't until we threatened the district with labor board charges that they agreed to meet.  From February through May both sides met between six and eight times, but always for only two hours at a time because the attorney for the district is "a very busy man" and two hours was all the time he could spare for us.

Let me take a moment to explain a few things.  When Local 179 gets recognition from the Labor Board, we notify the company (or in this case, the district), immediately and meet within 30 days of recognition.  When we meet, we meet all day, anywhere from six to ten hours at a time to exchange proposals and ideas and bargain hard for our members.  Normally we can negotiate an agreement within a few months.  By May, when we had only agreed on a few small things, Local 179 requested mediation.  We have met with the mediator three times and have agreed on one issue.  Until today, we have not discussed economics at the bargaining table.  All of this time we have been discussing non-economic issues.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), represents approximately 50,000 school bus drivers and aides across the country and Local 179 represents approximately 1,000 drivers and aides in the school bus, public transportation, and paratransit industry.  The issues we have been demanding are standard school bus language that is in all of our school bus contracts.  Let's look at a few examples:  progressive discipline and discharge, seniority, leave of absence, child ride along, the right of a driver to refuse to take an unsafe bus on the road, bidding, protecting our work, definition of work, and charter rotation just to name a few.  The district rejected them all.

The drivers and aides transport the most precious cargo of all, our children.  From home to school and from school to home is the most vulnerable time for our children and you are in charge of them.  It is your job to protect them and it is the job of Local 179 to protect you.  Don't believe the half-truths the district is telling you.  We have mailed all of the Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 drivers and aides a meeting notice flier.  I urge you to attend.

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.

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.

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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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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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