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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.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • 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.

     
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AUGUST 24, 2016 - DAY 5 OF THE MINOOKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS 111 AND 201 BUS DRIVERS AND AIDES STRIKE
SEVENTH ANNUAL LOCAL 179 MEMBERSHIP PICNIC HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 13.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, members, and their families for making our annual picnic a success!
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!
Read story below.
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.
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!
CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO LEARN HOW!
Teamsters, sign up to get personalized text messages from the IBT.
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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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 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.

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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