LATEST LOCAL 700 NEWS

10.22.14 IBT General President Hoffa Joins Teamsters Local 700
International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa will join Teamsters Local 700 at the Cook County Department of Corrections on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 2-3 p.m...MORE


10.17.14 Meeting Date Notice: Next General Membership Meeting To Be Held on Nov. 2

The Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board moved the November general membership meeting to Nov. 2 so as not to interfere with the Gubernatorial election on Nov. 4...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 endorses Brent Lewandowski for a second term as employee trustee on the Cook County Employees’ and Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund, commonly known as the Cook County Pension Fund Board...MORE

09.09.14 Teamster Power on Display at Women's Conference
The 2014 Teamsters Women’s Conference convened Sept. 4-6 in Chicago, bringing together more than 1,000 Teamsters from throughout North America. The annual gathering kicked off an exciting week of mobilization, solidarity and sisterhood...MORE

09.03.14 Local 700 Members Invited to Participate in Public Sector Survey
Members of Teamsters Local 700 are invited to take part in a confidential and anonymous study about the experience on union members. The survey is conducted by Bob Bruno, professor at the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employee Relations. Members interested in participating will complete two online surveys...MORE

08.29.14 Labor Day Message from Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski
This Labor Day, Teamsters Local 700 honors all working families and the long-standing tradition of American labor. Labor Day is a day to acknowledge how far we have come in the fight for workers rights. It's a day to recognize that even though our fight is far from over, our fight and our voices are stronger when workers stand in solidarity...MORE

08.28.14 Local 700 Trustee Elected to National Hispanic Caucus Executive Board
Teamsters Local 700 Trustee Hector Hernandez was nominated and elected as Trustee of the National Teamsters Hispanic Caucus (NTHC) during the biannual convention on August 16. The Teamsters Hispanic Caucus and their affiliated chapters provide a voice for Hispanic and Latino Teamsters...MORE

08.13.14 Strzechowski Named Trustee of Teamsters Joint Council 25
After 103 years representing millions of members throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana, Teamsters Joint Council 25 has appointed the first woman to its Executive Board. Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski joined the seven-member board of the Joint Council as a trustee on Monday. Strzechowski also currently serves as a Central Region Vice President on the Teamsters...MORE

07.25.14 Teamsters Grievance Prompts Manpower Study
Teamsters Local 700, Cook County’s largest public employee union, has learned the Sheriff’s Office has enlisted college-age interns to oversee a critical new study on manpower shortages facing the department. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has initiated the study in direct response to a grievance filed July 3 by the Teamsters to address the dangerous and longstanding reality of understaffing...MORE

07.24.14 MARBA Negotiations Reach Conclusion
The Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association agreement has been finalized. As per contract terms, Teamsters Local
700 members affected by MARBA negotiations are only impacted by the prevailing wage rate set forth by Teamsters Local 731..MORE


Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski is proud to welcome the 2014 Teamsters Women’s Conference to Chicago. The conference will be held Sept. 4-6, 2014, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Strzechowski serves as Director of the Women's Conference, an annual event that offers opportunities for training...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 won a historic case that sets the precedent for future secondary employment cases for members with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.Teamsters Local 700 successfully proved to the First District Appellate Court of Illinois that the Cook County Sheriff’s Department Office of Professional Review issued unfair and wrongful discipline to Local 700 members in cases involving secondary employment...MORE



In a 6-1 decision on July 3, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down efforts by state lawmakers to force state retirees to pay more for their health insurance. The Court also made it known that the entire pension reform law, passed as Senate Bill 1 in December, is likely to be found entirely unconstitutional.
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Teamsters Local 700 hosted the Teamsters Expo at multiple Cook County courthouse locations from June 23-27. Members from various units participated in the Expo and showed their Teamsters support. Local 700 Business Agents and Chief Stewards were available each day to meet with members...MORE


Members of the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association met on June 24 and 25 with the intention of reaching a tentative agreement...MORE


Applications are now available for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund. Submit applications by Sept. 30 to be considered. Only full-time students enrolled in a college, university or community college program are eligible to apply.

06.17.14 Teamsters Successfully Un-Privatize Suburban State Health Center
Teamsters Local 700 members will have more responsibilities to add to their job duties at the Ludeman Developmental Center. Thanks to the Local 700, these 11 members will perform work that was formerly contracted out to a private company. The Elisabeth Ludeman Center is one of seven remaining state-operated developmental health centers...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 actively maintains a list for the Courts Services Bid Exchange. The list includes all Deputies that wish to voluntarily vacate their current unit of assignment and switch to a posted assignment that another Deputy wishes to vacate.
The updated list (as of June 15, 2014) is now available...MORE


Hardworking Teamsters are serving up some union pride to end hunger in Chicago by walking in the 29th Annual Hunger Walk at Soldier Field on Saturday, June 21. The 5K walk is Chicago’s largest one-day anti-hunger event, raising awareness and funding
for the Greater Chicago Food Depository...MORE


Republicans in the Illinois House have turned their backs on thousands of Teamsters Local 700 members employed by Cook County who hoped to find some stability in their pension fund this summer. Instead of fulfilling their elected responsibilities, state legislators fled Springfield on May 31 without voting on House Bill 1154...MORE


The McCook Fire Department employs eight hardworking Teamsters Local 700 members who will be thrown out of a job if
McCook privatizes their fire department services.“These fire fighters are committed to their jobs and to the McCook community,” said Becky Strzechowski, Teamsters Local 700 President...MORE


The ballots are in and Teamsters Local 700 Chief Rob Fierstein has been elected to serve as Trustee on the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) Board. In a ground breaking election victory, Fierstein becomes the first Teamster member in recent history to serve on the SERS Board...MORE


Celebrate your union at the TNBC Chicago Family Outing. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of food, games, raffles and contests while spending time with your Teamster brothers and sisters...MORE

06.05.14 County Pension Plan: Not Harsh Enough for House Republicans
In late afternoon on Friday, the Spring legislative session ended in Springfield without the Cook County pension bill being brought to the House. The bill passed through the Senate on May 27 with a 36-16 vote, but ultimately it did not have support from House Republicans...MORE


Negotiations took place on Thursday, May 29 for the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA). Though the participating unions anticipated to conclude negotiations last week, the session ended abruptly without any future dates being scheduled...MORE


Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran’s failure to properly oversee the jail and its policies resulted in the death of an inmate and the unjust termination and discipline of Teamsters Local 700 members. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department terminated and issued excessive discipline to Local 700 members who followed the policies in place for handling an uncooperative inmate...MORE


Cook County presented their pension plan at the State Capitol this week. The County's plan, House Bill 1154, passed out of the Senate's Executive Committee on Tues., May 27 with a vote of 10-5, then passed out of the Senate with a vote of 36-16...MORE


05.20.14 Teamsters Successfully Advocate to Protect Tollway Members

The Teamsters successfully fought to protect Illinois Tollway members and recognize certain Illinois Tollway trucks as emergency vehicles under Scott’s Law. Senate Bill 927, which passed unanimously, amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to establish that Tollway Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (HELP) trucks are recognized as authorized emergency vehicles. The bill also clearly identifies that Illinois Tollway maintenance vehicles will be covered under Scott’s Law...MORE

05.19.14 MARBA UPDATE: Teamsters Joint Council 25 Leads the Charge with Resolution
The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Executive Board passed a resolution on May 14 intended to expedite negotiations with the
Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association. At the Joint Council 25 Delegates Meeting on May 15, Local 731 President and MARBA Chief Negotiator Terry Hancock said it is a bold resolution that will change the industry...MORE

05.16.14 Court Service Deputies: Updated Bid Exchange List Now Available
Pursuant to Article XV, Section 15.8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Teamsters Local 700 will maintain a list for the Courts Services Bid Exchange. The list includes all Deputies that wish to voluntarily vacate their current unit of assignment and switch to a posted assignment that another Deputy wishes to vacate...MORE

05.15.14 Park Ridge Police Department Chooses Teamsters Representation
Teamsters Local 700’s law enforcement membership continues to expand as 40 members with the Park Ridge Police Department join the Teamsters. Formerly represented by the Fraternal Order of Police, the Park Ridge Police Department voted for Teamsters representation on May 9...MORE


05.14.14 We Are One Illinois Update: Coalition Files Motion for Injunction
Teamsters Local 700 is part of the We Are One Illinois union coalition. The coalition filed a lawsuit in January that challenges the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1. We Are One Illinois issued the following update on May 12...MORE

05.02.14 M.A.R.B.A. Update: No Tentative Agreements Presented
Local 700 was informed that tentative agreements would be brought forward to Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA) members at the April 30 meeting, however no such agreements were presented...MORE

05.01.14 Teamsters Honor the Memory of Fallen Member
Long time Teamster and Cook County Sheriff's Department Investigator Cuauhtémoc Estrada was honored at the May 1 Illinois Police Memorial Ceremony in Springfield. The annual ceremony honors law enforcement members who have given their lives...MORE

04.30.14 COOK COUNTY COURT SERVICE DEPUTIES BID EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Teamsters Local 700 Offers Deputies Greater Access to Bid Exchange Information Through New Email-Based System
Pursuant to Article XV, Section 15.8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Teamsters Local 700 will maintain a list for the Courts Services Bid Exchange. The list will include all Deputies that wish to voluntarily vacate their current unit of assignment and switch to a posted assignment that another Deputy wishes to vacate
...MORE


04.28.14 Teamster On Ballot for Upcoming State Pension Board Trustee Election
A voice for labor will be represented in the upcoming election for the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) Board with Teamsters Local 700 Chief Steward Rob Fierstein on the ballot. Fierstein is a Master Sergeant with the Illinois State Police,
and he is a candidate for SERS Trustee...MORE


04.25.14 THE BALLOTS ARE IN: Members Vote to Accept Changes to County Pension
Teamsters Local 700 conducted a vote for Cook County members to decide if Local 700 should accept or reject the County’s proposed changes to the county employee pension system. More than 2,920 ballots were cast from April 21-25. The results showed 68 percent of voting members chose to accept the new pension plan...MORE

04.25.14 Local 700 Recognizes April as Organ Donation Month
Every 11 minutes, a new person is added to the organ transplant waiting list. Of those 130 people who are added to waiting lists each day, an average of 75 people receive the organ transplants they need. In addition to organ transplants, more than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising. Local 700 recognizes April as National Donate Life Month...MORE

04.23.14 Local 700 Reminds Cook County Members to Vote This Week on Pensions
Teamsters Local 700 reminds Cook County members to vote this week on the County's pension proposal. There will be no pension vote at the general membership meeting on May 13...MORE


04.22.14 NOTICE TO MEMBERS: May 13 Membership Meeting

Teamsters Local 700 reminds members that the next monthly membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at
6:00 p.m.
at the First Floor Union Hall, 1300 W. Higgins Road in Park Ridge. It has been brought to the Union’s attention that misinformation is circulating regarding the upcoming meeting. PLEASE NOTE: Teamsters Local 700 is holding a vote for Cook County members this week starting at 5 a.m., Monday...MORE


04.16.14 ATTENTION CITY OF CHICAGO MEMBERS: M.A.R.B.A. Negotiations Update
Negotiations are ongoing with the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA). Meetings were held the week of
April 7 in an effort to conclude contract negotiations in the construction industry. As of April 15, Local 700 was informed that MARBA members will meet with their respective unions on April 27...MORE


04.15.14 Teamster Fire Fighters 'Here to Stay' in McCook

Local 700 members with the McCook Fire Department fought hard to oppose a dangerous referendum on the March 18 ballot that threatened to disband the current department. Teamsters Local 700 opposed the referendum that would have required the fire department to transition to the Pleasantview Fire Protection District – eliminating the jobs of McCook Fire Fighters...MORE

04.14.14 ATTENTION COOK COUNTY MEMBERS: Pension Plan Summary & F.A.Q. Sheet
In an attempt to inform Cook County Teamsters Local 700 members, the Union has prepared information to summarize the proposed changes to the Cook County Pension Fund. Local 700 members will have the opportunity to meet with Union representatives, at 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday, April 14 - 18 at 1300 W. Higgins Rd., in Park Ridge for walk-in style informational meetings...MORE


04.10.14 Union Calls for County Membership Vote on Proposed Pension Plan
Cook County recently presented the Union with multiple terms to include in a pension reform proposal. The Union will bring these issues to the county membership first by holding informational meetings from April 14 through April 18, followed by a vote for county members from April 21 through April 25...MORE

04.07.14 Teamsters Local 700 Opposes City's Pension Reform Proposal
Teamsters Local 700 opposes a dangerous pension reform bill that made its way from Chicago to Springfield over night on April 2. “Local 700 opposed this bill and we will continue to oppose any bill that leads to cuts in pension benefits for our members,” said Becky Strzechowski, President of Teamsters Local 700...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 put an end to a wrongful practice that indefinitely suspended Tollway members in 2013. In an arbitrator’s decision, the Union successfully proved that the collective bargaining agreement specifically states any suspension issued to members must be on hold...MORE


It is with great sadness that Teamsters Local 700 announce the recent passing of two members of our Teamsters family. Michael W. Foley was a member of the Illinois Tollway and worked out of M-4 in Gurnee. He has been a member of Teamsters Local 700 since 2010...MORE

03.28.14 ATTENTION CITY OF CHICAGO MEMBERS: March 31 Deadline for Online Wellness Assessment
Teamsters Local 700 encourages City of Chicago members to complete the online Well Being Assessment by MONDAY,
MARCH 31 in order to avoid additional monthly fees. DOWNLOAD THE NOTICE or CLICK HERE to visit the website.


03.28.14 Local 700 City of Chicago Member Wins Primary Election for Cook County Board
Local 700 member Luis Arroyo, Jr. will soon transition from a motor truck driver for the City of Chicago to a democratic nominee
for the Cook County Board of Commissioners. In the March 18 primary election, Arroyo, Jr. received more than 55 percent of the vote from his district. The recent victory will place Arroyo, Jr. on the November ballot as the democratic nominee for the 8th District, which covers the northwest side of Chica
go...MORE


Ramon Williams, a long time Teamster and Business Agent for Local 700, was appointed as a delegate to Teamsters Joint Council 25 on March 11. His appointment as delegate comes after the executive board of Local 700 unanimously voted to appoint Williams as Recording Secretary at the recommendation of his predecessor, Michael Melone...MORE
During the March 18 General Primary elections, voters in Chicago and across the state supported many Teamsters Local 700-endorsed candidates and referendums that benefit working families...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 is proud to endorse the best choices for working families in the March 18 Primary Elections. View the list of Local 700-endorsed candidates...MORE

03.12.14 Teamsters Women's Committee Honors Scholarship Winners at Second Annual Gala
The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee honored its first scholarship recipients and celebrated their achievements at the Second Annual Gala Dinner Dance on March 8...MORE


03.06.14 Teamsters Secure Unmatched Benefits for State Employees

Teamsters Local 700 is proud to announce that the Union has secured coverage under the Teamsters Local 727 Health and Welfare Plan for Local 700 bargaining unit members employed by the State of Illinois
...MORE

03.05.14 Reminder: Upcoming Primary Election Endorsements
Teamsters Local 700 is proud to announce endorsements in the following primary elections on March 18...MORE

02.28.14 Union, Sheriff's Dept. Stand with CCDOC Members, Dismiss Inmates' Lawsuit
Teamsters Local 700 represents more than 3,400 men and women at the Cook County Department of Corrections, many of whom risk their personal safety on the job each day protecting the public from violent criminals. The Union and the Sheriff’s Department agree to fight the blatantly unfounded allegations filed against our members in the recent lawsuit, signed by 88 of approximately 9,500 inmates...MORE

02.25.14 Attention City of Chicago Members: Four Vacancies Now Available in Dept. of Aviation
The following bid/job announcement will remain posted through March 7. Equipment Dispatcher at O’Hare Airport: Minimum qualifications include two years of work experience in operating automotive equipment as a Motor Truck Driver or two years experience in operating radio and communications equipment in a communications or dispatch work environment...MORE

The State Retirement System (SRS) has invited questions from Teamsters Local 700 members as they examine the implications of SB1. Local 700 members with the state - including M/Sgts, IDOT, Tollway, DHS, CMS - are encouraged to send any questions about SB1 to info@teamsterslocal700.com...MORE


Local 700 members who attended the February general membership meeting received an update on negotiations with the
Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association from Terry Hancock, the Union's chief M.A.R.BA. negotiator...MORE


On Jan. 27, Teamsters Local 700 member and Illinois Tollway worker Vince Petrella was assisting with a disabled semi-trailer on
I-88 when he was tragically struck and killed by another vehicle. With a wife and two young children left behind, a memorial fund has been established to aid Vince's family during this difficult time...MORE



ATTENTION CITY OF CHICAGO LOCAL 700 MEMBERS:
The Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, the city’s retirement board, notified Teamsters Local 700 that the municipal pension fund is projecting depleted funding
by 2024...MORE

Meetings are rescheduled for Wed., Feb. 12 and Thurs., Feb. 13...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 Files ULP Against Sheriff’s Dept., Demands Apology
In direct violation of a previous arbitration award, the joint employers of the Cook County Department of Corrections forced Teamsters Local 700 members to transfer out of their bidded assignments. Teamsters Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice charge against Cook County and the Sheriff's Department...MORE


With a 60 percent majority, Teamsters Local 700 members have spoken and voted to protect their pensions
...MORE


The enrollment meeting originally scheduled for this evening (7-10 p.m.) for Illinois Department of Transportation members has
been cancelled
...MORE


02.03.14 Teamsters Prevent Delay in Significant Overtime Pay for City Members
Thanks to Teamsters Local 700's efforts, seasonal plow drivers with the City of Chicago saw their overtime pay reflected in their Jan. 22 paychecks instead of waiting until February. The record snowfall and continuous need for plow trucks between New Year's Eve and into the second week of January resulted in hundreds of overtime hours worked for the entire fleet of seasonal drivers in the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation...MORE


01.30.14 IBT Honors Memory of Teamsters Local 700 Member

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters lowered their flags in Washington, D.C. in honor of Vince Petrella, a Local 700
member with the Illinois Tollway who was killed on the job earlier this week...MORE


01.29.14 Teamsters Local 700 Endorses Best Choice for Working Families in Cook County
Teamsters Local 700 is proud to announce endorsements in the following primary elections on March 18...MORE


01.28.14 Tollway Member Killed On The Job Protecting Motoring Public
Teamsters Local 700 regrets to announce that Brother Vince Petrella, a member with the Illinois State Tollway, was killed last
night while keeping the toll road safe. Petrella, 39 years old and father of two, was called to the scene on I-88 near Eola Road to barricade a lane in order to protect a semi-truck on a side lane that had broken down...MORE


01.23.14
Teamsters Plunge into Freezing Waters for Charity
Cook County Department of Corrections members will once again participate in the annual Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympic Chicago. CCDOC Officer B. Krzyzowski (RCDC 10-6) is organizing a team of volunteers to participate by jumping into
the freezing waters of Lake Michigan...MORE

01.21.14 Tickets Now Available for Women's Committee Annual Gala Dinner Dance
The Joint Council 25 Women's Committee will host its second annual gala dinner dance on Saturday, March 8 to support the continuing education of Teamster women...MORE


01.17.14 Enter to Win VIP Passes to the Superbowl Big Game Celebration

Teamsters Local 700 is raffling off VIP passes for the 2014 Superbowl Big Game Celebration, sponsored by the Otis Wilson
Foundation, at Castle Chicago on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 2...MORE


01.16.14 Challenging the Constitutionality of Pension Reform: Special Assessment FAQ
Teamsters Local 700 is conducting a vote to determine the membership’s interest in challenging the constitutionality of “Pension Reform” laws. The purpose of the vote is to ask members to contribute a special assessment fee of $1 per month, per member in order for Local 700 to pursue the necessary legal action to challenge these laws...MORE


01.16.14 Chicago Federation of Labor Rejects Proposed Endorsement of Cook Co. Sheriff Tom Dart
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart will run for re-election in 2014 but not with an endorsement from the Chicago Federation of
Labor. At a recent CFL executive board meeting, Teamsters Local 700 General Counsel Kevin Camden objected to an initial recommendation to support Dart’s re-election...MORE


01.15.14 Gov. Quinn Recognizes Members for Critical Response in Winter Freeze

At a press conference on Friday, Local 700 member Ed Robinson with the Illinois Tollway recalled his experience helping stranded motorists on Tuesday night, Jan. 7. Robinson is a Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) truck operator for the Tollway. He responded to a call when a couple’s car broke down in the freezing temperatures on the way to O’Hare Airport...MORE

Teamsters Local 700 thanks member Joseph Bogue for contributing a Teamsters-themed rocking horse to the union.Bogue is a Local 700 member and foreman with the Oak Forest Health Center, a division of the Cook County Highway Department...MORE


Children of active Illinois Teamsters are encouraged to apply for the Chicago Federation of Labor’s 2014 scholarships.
Applications are now available. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 regretfully announces the loss of Cook County Department of Corrections Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada, who was fatally shot on Friday evening, Dec. 20. Officer Estrada, who was off duty at the time of the tragedy, was killed while attempting to stop a robbery in Bellwood...MORE
Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarships. Children and grandchildren of active
and retired Teamsters who are in their last year of high school and rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class are
eligibl
e...MORE


12.18.13 Local 700 Member Loses Battle with Brain Cancer
Teamsters Local 700 Offers Condolences to Deceased Member's Family

Teamsters Local 700 regretfully announces the recent death of Joseph Zagotta, City of Chicago member, who passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17 after battling brain cancer. Zagotta, father of three, has been a Teamster for 15 years...MORE


12.17.13 ATTENTION ALL C.D.L. HOLDERS: Reminder to Self-Certify By January 30

All drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to self-certify as to their medical status by January 30, 2014 in compliance with federal rules published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Failure to self-certify by January 30, 2014 will result in the cancellation of commercial driving privileges...MORE


12.09.13 Teamsters Local 700 Radio Show Addresses Senate Bill 1

Teamsters Local 700 examines the lead up to Senate Bill 1, which passed through Springfield last week. Local 700 hosts a weekly radio show, Teamster Talk: The Voice of Local 700, which airs every Sunday from 2-2:30 p.m. and Mondays from 8-8:30 p.m. Listen here to hear full testimonies given last week by Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski and other labor leaders in opposition of the bill. LISTEN HERE

12.04.13 Illinois Lawmakers Approve Unconstitutional Pension System Overhaul
After decades of failing to set aside enough money to fund the public sector pension system, Illinois lawmakers passed unconstitutional legislation on Dec. 3 to reduce their debt on the backs of public employees... MORE


11.25.13 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION ALERT: Contact Elected Officials TODAY and Oppose Pension Cuts!

Lawmakers will meet in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 3 to vote on a new pension reform bill that will put public employee pension benefits at risk. Join Teamsters Local 700 in the fight to protect public employee pensions! MORE


11.20.13
TNBC Chicago Chapter To Host Sixth Annual Black Tie Banquet
Teamsters across Illinois can support academic scholarships for the children of union members by attending the Sixth Annual Black Tie Banquet of the Teamsters National Black Caucus on Dec. 7...MORE



11.15.13 CCDOC Election Results: Teamsters Win!
Teamsters Carry Overwhelming Support at CCDOC

Members at the Cook County Department of Corrections voted to remain as part of the strongest union in Cook County, Teamsters Local 700. With a landslide victory, the Teamsters won the CCDOC election with 1,610 votes... MORE


11.10.13 Teamsters Local 700 Thanks All Veterans for Their Service
This Veterans Day, Teamsters Local 700 recognizes the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Many Local 700 members and retirees are veterans, and the union honors their sacrifice and service...MORE


11.07.13 ATTN City of Chicago Members: Auto Pound Supervisor Bid Announcement
Bid applications due Wednesday, Nov. 20



In 1960, while Richard J. Daley served in his second term as Chicago Mayor and in the same year that Richard Nixon was defeated in the presidential election by John F. Kennedy, Richard Swiec received a call from the City of Chicago to begin working
as a motor truck driver in the Department of Water Management. He hasn't stopped since...MORE


East Hazel Crest Police Officer Mitchell Drake was responding to a gas leak when a dispatcher called and redirected him to help
a family whose baby stopped breathing. Officer Drake met the family as they were on the way to the hospital. When arriving at
the scene, he observed that the baby was discolored in the face and was not receiving oxygen...MORE

10.14.13 Teamsters Local 700 Supports Local 727 Funeral Directors on Strike
Teamsters Local 700 members, led by President Becky Strzechowski, showed their support for striking funeral directors at a rally on Oct. 10. The rally marked 100 days on the picket line for the Local 727 members who were forced to strike on after Service Corporation International (SCI) refused to bargain a new contract in good faith with Local 727...MORE

10.10.13 Register Now for Nov. 2 Women's Committee Health Fair!
The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee will host a Health Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Teamsters Local 705 Auditorium, 328 S. Marshfield Ave., Chicago, Ill. The event will feature informational booths, speakers and activities related to health, fitness, diet and nutrition...MORE


10.03.13 Teamsters Offer Military Assistance Program to Veterans, Members
The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) helps military veterans locate outstanding service-related disability benefits. The program can help Teamsters track down services, benefits and fund owed to them as veterans...MORE

10.02.13 13th Annual Women's Conference Empowers Teamsters
The Teamsters brought members from across the United States and Canada together in New Orleans for a weekend full of education, networking and unity at the 13th Annual Teamsters Women’s Conference...MORE


09.24.13
The newly formed Teamsters Local 700 Benevolent Fund is currently accepting applications. The Benevolent Fund was recently established to provide assistance to those who face unexpected hardships...MORE


09.17.13 Niles Police Department Chooses Teamsters Representation

Officers with the Niles Police Department in suburban Chicago voted this week to join Teamsters Local 700. The officers came together seeking more respect, better pay and job security, among other improvements with Teamsters representation...MORE

Members impacted by the Department of Aviation two-hour arbitration award may review their portion of the back pay award and sign an acknowledgement and release form at the offices of Local 700, 1300 West Higgins Road, Suite 301...MORE 
Falling on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is more than a well-deserved day off for millions of working Americans.  This iconic day celebrates the creation of the labor movement in the United States...MORE

8.28.13 Local 700 Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Teamsters press on in the fight for jobs and freedom 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King gave his infamous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a historic event that drew more than 200,000 demonstrators, labor supporters and civil rights activities to the nation’s capital...MORE


Teamsters Local 700 Business Agent Dennis Andrews sat down for a recent interview on Teamster Talk: The Voice of Local 700. In the broadcast, Andrews discussed several issues affecting Local 700 members in the Cook County Sheriff's Department and specifically at the Cook County Department of Corrections. CLICK HERE to listen to the show!


Local 700 members with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County are expected to see a new provision take effect regarding a step increase salary schedule. This historic provision will mark the first time ever that a step increase salary schedule will be implemented for Local 700 members with the FPDCC...MORE

Several Sheriff’s Deputies brought down a fleeing defendant as he attempted to escape a courtroom on Friday at the Leighton Criminal Court building at 26th Street and California Avenue...MORE

Teamsters Local 700 offers sincere condolences to the family of late Local 700 member Myron Adams...MORE

Children and grandchildren of Teamster members have until Sept. 30 to enter the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest...MORE


08.07.13
Pony rides, bingo games and taco carts were just a few of the attractions at this year’s membership picnic hosted by Teamsters Local 700. More than 170 Local 700 members and their families participated in the event at Miller Meadow on Aug. 3...MORE

08.02.13 Local 700 IDOT Emergency Patrol Drivers Gain Recognition They Deserve
Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 774, which amends the Illinois vehicle code to recognize Illinois Department of Transportation Emergency Traffic Patrol vehicles as emergency responders on the roadways...MORE


07.29.13 M/Sgt. Chief Stewards Hit the Road to Meet with Members
From July 15-23, Teamsters Local 700 representatives for the Illinois State Police Master Sergeants traveled the state to meet with Local 700 members. Chief Stewards Rob Fierstein and Jim Poortinga held meetings from Chicago to O'Fallon, Ill...MORE


07.26.13 EVENT REMINDER: Local 700 Hosts Aug. 3 Membership Picnic
Teamsters Local 700 will host a picnic for members on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Miller Meadow Forest Preserve in Maywood. The picnic is open to members in good standing and their immediate family members...MORE

07.24.13 CALL TO CCDOC MEMBERS: Seniority Lists Available for Review, Submit Challenge Forms by 7/26
On July 15, a seniority list was distributed to each Cook County Department of Corrections division for verification purposes. All CCDOC members are strongly encouraged to review the seniority list, which can be found on the website of the Sheriff’s Department (CLICK HERE).  If there are any incorrect listings, members must challenge the seniority date by this Friday, July 26...MORE


07.15.13 Members Reject Shut Down Days, Sacrifice Wage Increases in Solidarity
Local 700 members with the Chicago Park District refused to accept a proposal that would have brought on additional wage increases for some members, while imposing multiple shut down days for the entire park district membership...MORE


07.10.13 NOTICE TO MEMBERS: Executive Board Announces PAC Contributions No Longer Deducted
The Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board recently decided to suspend contributions to the Local 700 Political Action Committee until further notice...MORE


07.01.13 Local 700 President Named Director of Teamsters Women's Conference
Becky Strzechowski, Teamsters Local 700 President and Central Region Vice President for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was recently appointed as Director of the Teamsters Women’s Conference...MORE

06.26.13
The Illinois Labor Relations Board ruled on June 13 that Teamsters Local 700’s complaint against the Cook County Sheriff’s Department will advance to trial. The ILRB’s decision comes after Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice charge in February against the Sheriff’s Department in response to two separate general orders that were implemented in January without first bargaining with the union...MORE

06.19.13 Lawmakers Meet in Springfield Today for Special Session on Pension Reform
Today in Springfield, both chambers convened at Governor Pat Quinn's request to hold a special session on pension
reform. The General Assembly voted in favor of establishing a conference committee to address pension reform legislation...MORE

06.13.13 Teamster Members Enjoy Music, Food, Games at TNBC Chicago Picnic
Hundreds of Teamsters participated in the Teamsters National Black Caucus Chicago Chapter’s Family Outing and Picnic on
Saturday, June 8...MORE

06.10.13 Local 700 Offers Condolences to CCDOC Members for Loss
Teamsters Local 700 was saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Megan Gunia, wife of Cook County Correctional Officer J. Gunia, Division 5, 7-3 shift, and sister of Correctional Officer A. Duff, Division 1, 7-3 shift...MORE


06.06.13 Courts Dismiss Forest Preserve District’s Push to Short Wage Increases for Local 700 Members

Teamsters Local 700 continues to fight for a previously agreed upon 10 percent step wage increase for members at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The case has been ongoing since fall 2012 when the Forest Preserve District claimed its intention was to provide a one percent step wage increase, rather than the 10 percent wage increase...MORE


05.30.13 Local 700 Files Class Action Grievance Against Lake County Sheriff
Sheriff Violates Contract, Risks Officer Safety by Short Staffing Lake County Jail

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department has refused to schedule overtime hours to officers at the Lake County jail, resulting in dangerously low staffing levels. The repeated understaffing presents unsafe working conditions to more than 200 Lake County Correctional officers represented by Teamsters Local 700...MORE

05.28.13 Local 700 Offers Condolences to Family of Deceased Member
Teamsters Local 700 was saddened to learn of the passing of Antwone Price, a Teamster member with the Cook County Clerk’s Office since 2007...MORE


5.24.13 Local 700 Celebrates Memorial Day, Honors Fallen Service Members
Local 700 wishes members and all Teamsters brothers and sisters an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend...MORE


05.15.13 Local 700 Honors National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls is designated as National Police Week...MORE

05.13.13 City of Chicago Announces MTD Vacancies
The City of Chicago announced 10 vacancies for motor truck drivers in the Department of Streets and Sanitation...MORE


05.10.13 Sheriff Owes Big: Local 700 Members to Receive Lost Wages and Compensatory Time for Hours Worked on Weekends, Evenings
The Illinois Department of Labor reached a settlement with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office on May 9 that will award 14 Teamsters Local 700 members with more than $589,000 in compensatory time and lost wages...MORE


05.09.13 Local 700 Honors Fallen Heroes at Illinois State Police Officers Memorial
Gov. Quinn, State Leaders Speak to Law Enforcement Members and Families
Teamsters Local 700 Political Director Mike Melone and Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Chief Stewards Rob Fierstein and Jim Poortinga attended the Illinois Police Officers Memorial in Springfield on May 2...MORE

05.07.13 City of Chicago Announces Bid for Foreman Positions
Testing Offered Throughout May for Interested MTD’s

The City of Chicago recently announced foreman position vacancies for motor truck drivers across several departments...MORE

05.06.13 Teamsters Local 700 Recognizes Hard Work of Corrections Officers, Members
Local 700 Celebrates National Correctional Officers’ Week

Teamsters Local 700 is proud to honor National Correctional Officers’ Week (May 6-10).  Almost 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 and declared the first full week in May to be recognized as National Correctional Officers’ Week...MORE


05.03.13
CALL TO ACTION: Dangerous Pension Legislation Passes the House

Within hours of honoring fallen police officers who dedicated their lives to public service during the Illinois Police Officers Memorial, the Illinois House passed a dangerous amendment to Senate Bill 1 that would negatively impact pension benefits for state employees...MORE


05.01.13 Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreements Covering 250,000 at UPS, UPS Frieght
The Teamsters Union announced it has reached tentative agreements with UPS on new five-year national contracts for package and freight workers that protect their health benefits.

04.25.13 Call to Teamsters Law Enforcement Members: Teamsters Local 700 To Lead Delegation
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Held in Springfield May 2

Teamsters Local 700 will lead a delegation of law enforcement members at the Illinois Police Officers Memorial in Springfield on Thursday, May 2...MORE

04.25.13 City of Chicago Announces Vacancies: Auto Pound Supervisors
The City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has announced three auto pound supervisor vacancies...MORE

04.23.13
By a vote of 49-11, rank-and-file members of Teamsters Local 700 ratified a new four-year contract secured on their behalf with the Chicago Transit Authority...MORE


04.19.13 IDOT Emergency Patrol Traffic Bill Sweeps Through House
Teamsters-Backed Bill Would Protect, Recognize IDOT Members

House Bill 774, also known as the Illinois Department of Transportation Emergency Traffic Patrol Bill, made its way through the House last week. The bill would heighten the recognition of IDOT emergency patrol vehicles by allowing the vehicles to flash red and white colored lights when responding to emergencies on the roadways...MORE

04.18.13 Local 700 Wins Reduced Suspension with Back Pay for Cook County Highway Member
Teamsters Local 700 fought to reduce the suspension of a Cook County Highway Department member, who has worked as a motor truck driver for 12 years...MORE

04.12.13 Teamsters Local 700 Wins $5 Million for Department of Aviation Members
Teamsters Local 700 won an estimated $5 million for city employees who were scheduled to work snow removal for the
2009-2010 and 2010-2011 snow seasons, but were sent home early without pay. This monumental win brings the largest monetary awards thus far for Local 700 members...MORE


04.10.13 BYLAW VOTE RESULTS IN: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS FAIL

Amendment #1
YES VOTES = 1,066
NO VOTES = 1,987
With a difference of more than 900 "NO" votes, the first proposed amendment did not receive the majority of votes required to pass.

Amendment #2
YES VOTES = 1,128
NO VOTES = 1,940
With a difference of more than 800 "NO" votes, the second proposed amendment did not receive the majority of votes required to pass.


04.09.13 Sheriff Department Implements Social Media Discipline Policy Without Bargaining
Teamsters Local 700 Files ULP Against Cook County Sheriff

Teamsters Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board against the Cook County
Sheriff’s Office on March 28. The ULP is in response to two separate general orders that were implemented by the Sheriff’s Office in January. The new general orders were never bargained with or agreed to by the union, and both orders could force employees to face potential discipline for their actions off-duty...MORE

04.08.13 Local 700 Fights to Overturn City of Chicago Member’s Termination: Member To Be Reinstated Immediately With Back Pay
Local 700 fought to overturn the wrongful termination of a member with Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation. The Chicago Human Resources Board announced their decision on March 19 to reinstate a motor truck driver who was fired in March 2012. The employee, who worked for the city for 23 years, faced termination after hitting a viaduct with a bowl chipper...MORE

04.04.13 Teamsters Local 700 Recognizes April as National Donate Life Month
Every 11 minutes, a new person is added to the organ transplant waiting list. Of those 130 people who are added to waiting lists each day, an average of 75 people receive the organ transplants they need...MORE

04.02.13 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day At The Park: Tickets Available Now for April 25 Sox v. Rays
Buy Tickets By Friday, April 5 and Support the National Law Enforcement Museum
The Chicago White Sox have dedicated April 25 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day At The Park to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in honor of Illinois law enforcement members...MORE

04.02.13 Reminder to Seasonal Employees: Contact Local 700 to Requst Withdrawal Cards
Teamsters Local 700 members who are laid off or take a temporary leave of absence are encouraged to request a withdrawal card from the union. Withdrawal cards protect members from having to pay back dues or initiation fees when they return to work...MORE


04.01.13 Teamsters Local 700 Offers Condolences to Family of Fallen Trooper
A 28-year-old Illinois State Police Trooper was killed in a crash on the Tri-State Tollway late Thursday night. State Trooper James Sauter was on duty in his squad car when it was struck by a semi shortly after 11 p.m., according to state police...MORE

03.28.13 Teamsters Hold Steady Against Rush of Pension Reform Proposals
With the Illinois General Assembly on a two-week recess until April 10, the Teamsters are priming to protect member benefits from a flurry of new bills targeting the state’s drastically underfunded public employee pension systems...MORE

03.28.13 City of Chicago Job Posting: Chicago Public Library Hiring Motor Truck Driver
The City of Chicago announced one vacancy for a motor truck driver to fill immediately for the Chicago Public Library. Only current city employees represented by Local 700 are eligible to bid on the open position...MORE


03.15.13 Lead MARBA Negotiator Addresses Local 700 Members
Subcontracting Issues Dominate Talks, Economic Issues Still to be addressed
Terrence J. Hancock, the chair of the Teamsters negotiating committee in the MARBA negotiations, addressed Local 700’s membership meeting on Tuesday, March 12.  Hancock gave an update on the state of negotiations, which have been ongoing since April 2012...MORE 

03.11.13 From www.Teamster.org:
Teamsters are taking to the airwaves. Whether it's through a live broadcast on a local radio station or a podcast, Teamsters are using the latest technologies to spread the union message.Teamsters Local 700 in Chicago recently began a weekly radio broadcast to bring news and information to members, as well as to the general public...MORE


03.07.13 IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: Public Employee Pension Benefits At Risk

Lawmakers in Springfield failed to pass dangerous pension reform proposals last week, but it's not over yet. Legislators are at it again and will continue to bring forward additional proposals that will likely cap pensionable income, increase employee contributions and negatively impact the cost of living adjustment for public employees...MORE


03.04.13 Local 700 Fights to Overturn Member’s Termination
Local 700 fought to overturn the wrongful termination of a member with Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation. A motor truck driver who worked for the department for more than 20 years was faced with termination in March 2012 after hitting a viaduct with a bowl chipper...MORE


02.28.13 IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: Public Employee Pension Benefits At Risk

The Teamsters represent more than 15,000 public employees in Illinois. Call or Email your legislators to oppose any pension reform proposal that equates to a loss of wages or benefits for public employees...MORE

02.28.13
Pursuant to the bylaw provisions of Local 700, proposed amendments to the bylaws have been presented for consideration by the membership. The Local 700 Executive Board has directed that the vote on the amendments to the bylaws be conducted by mail referendum...MORE

02.27.13
Teamsters Local 700 won a recent ruling on an unfair labor practice charge filed against the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
In fall 2011, the toll way authority threatened to stop providing I-Passes to its employees...MORE.

02.22.13 Deadlines Approaching for City of Chicago Wellness Plan
Chicago employees and members of Local 700 are participating in the City of Chicago's Health and Wellness Plan. Deadlines are quickly approaching for health screenings and well being assessments (WBA). In order for members to qualify for coverage under the plan, members must complete four required steps...MORE

02.13.13

Local 700 members will see 26,000 hours, equating to $650,000, returned to them by the city of Markham. Markam was keeping improper time records for their police department officers since 2011...MORE

02.11.13 Teamsters Give Back: Members Shave Head, Jump in Lake for Charity
Teamsters Local 700 member Amy Henion, a union steward with the Oak Forest Dispatch, will swap her pony tail for a shaved head to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation...MORE

02.07.13
In a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Senate President John Cullerton made clear that he intends to move pension legislation "as quickly as possible." The Chicago Sun-Times reports he hopes to have the full Senate vote by late February. To fulfill this threat, President Cullerton has introduced Senate Bill...MORE

01.31.13
In a recent arbitration decision, the administration at the Cook County Department of Corrections was ordered to cease and desist from requiring roll calls for the Electronic Monitoring Investigators...MORE

01.24.13
Teamsters Local 700 member and Illinois Department of Transportation worker Norman Wallace passed away on Monday, Jan. 21 after responding to a snow and ice call...MORE

01.23.13 Local 700 Saves CCDOC Members 400+ Days of Suspension
Teamsters Local 700 saved members of the Cook County Department of Corrections more than 400 days in suspension hours after winning a Jan. 15, 2013 arbitration over improper systems checks...MORE

01.22.13 Teamsters Secure Four Years of Lost Wages for Police Communications Operators
After a seven-year fight for fair wages, 23 police supervisors represented by Teamsters Local 700 were awarded substantial back pay and wage increases in an arbitration ruling on Jan. 9....MORE

01.18.13 Political Director's Report: Pension Reform Update for State Employees
Political Director and Executive Board Recording Secretary Mike Melone was in Springfield in early January
monitoring legislative action on pension reform with Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Chief Stewards Rob Fierstein and Jim Poortinga and Joint Council 25 Political Director Jeff Crabtree...MORE

01.14.13 Teamster Member, IL Toll Highway Authority Worker Hit by Drunk Driver
Local 700 Asks Members to Keep Steward in Thoughts

Teamsters Local 700 member and steward Ken Krown was called out around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 to check a light pole that was reported down and remove it from harms way on south-bound Interstate 294...MORE.


01.08.13 Teamsters Local 700 Secures Significant Reimbursement for City Employees
Union Wins Multi-Million Dollar Case Against the City of Chicago

Teamsters Local 700 won an estimated $1.5-2 million for city employees who were scheduled to work snow removal between 2009 and 2010, but were sent home early without pay, a direct violation of their contract. This monumental win brings the largest monetary award thus far for Local 700 members...MORE


01.05.2013
Local 700 Urges Members to Contact Legislators to Oppose Unconstitutional Pension Reform

Teamsters Local 700 encourages members to contact state legislators today and tomorrow to voice strong opposition against any pension reform proposal that equates to a loss of benefits or a loss of wages for public employees...MORE

 


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Tues., Oct. 14
6:00 p.m.
General Membership Meeting
First Floor Union Hall, 1300 W. HIggins Rd., Park Ridge
Open to members in good standing only.

Sat., Oct. 25
Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee participates in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Start time: 9 a.m.
Location: Hodges Park (Courtland and Prospect Ave.) in Park Ridge
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