Negotiations for a new City of Chicago member contract will begin formally on Monday, May 1, as Teamsters Local 700 representatives will be meeting with the city’s negotiating team to start the process.
Your Teamsters Local 700 bargaining committee includes:
Becky Strzechowski, President
Mike Melone, Secretary-Treasurer
Ramon Williams, Business Agent
Harold Irving, Business Agent
Joe Belli, Business Agent
Carlos Sanchez, Business Agent
Hector Hernandez, Trustee/City Member
Greg Ortiz, Trustee/City Member
Jon Magna, Attorney and Partner, Illinois Advocates
Stuart Davidson, Attorney Partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson
The committee will present the union’s full initial contract proposal to the city at the May 1 meeting.
“The bargaining committee has met numerous times and has been working very hard to make sure our members’ voices will be heard at the bargaining table,” said President Strzechowski. “Going through the entire contract was a huge undertaking that all of the city business agents and your local union officers participated in. As we prepare to walk into negotiations, we have no idea what the city will be proposing, but we are confident that we have a solid starting place in our proposed contract.”
Local 700 has been meeting with city members and collecting contract proposals since the first steward meeting regarding the contract that was held on Aug. 23, 2016.
Local 700 will also be negotiating as part of a coalition of the unions that represent all City of Chicago workers. There are currently over 30 individual contracts between the City of Chicago and various labor unions; all which expire June 30, 2017. The coalition is called “COUPE” and is led by the Chicago Federation of Labor.
The union will be communicating with the membership more frequently as negotiations take place. Please stay connected with the Local 700 website for updates.
Final Meetings Before Negotiations Begin
On Thursday, April 6, a group of nearly 35 rank-and-file city members, comprised of Booters and Garage Attendants, met with Teamsters Local 700 representatives and staff to discuss issues specific to their units what provisions they would like to have in the upcoming contract. Prior group meetings included representatives from virtually all of the departments represented by Local 700.
President Strzechowski welcomed everyone to the meeting and all members at the table had a chance to share their contract proposals. Business Agents Harold Irving, Carlos Sanchez and Joe Belli were also in attendance, along with Jon Magna, a partner from Illinois Advocates.
The Local 700 staff met with attorneys Jon Magna and Stuart Davidson (of Willig, Williams & Davidson) on Monday, April 17 to finalize the union’s list of contract proposals.