Congratulations to City of Chicago MTD Mike Schaefer on Retirement

After 31 years of service to the City of Chicago, former Motor Truck Driver Mike Schaefer is off enjoying his well-deserved retirement.

Mike joined Teamsters Local 726 when he started his career in the Public Works Department of the City, which no longer exists today. At the time, there were budget cuts that were being made in the City and Mike went to work in the private sector until he was able to come back to the city in 1997.

For the past 22 years, Mike worked as an MTD in Streets and Sanitation at the Bureau of Traffic Services. He retired on Halloween this year after turning 65-years-old.

“I don’t miss waking up in the middle of the night to go to work and move snow but I do miss the guys,” said Mike. “When we worked in tandem, we knew each other’s moves and is made working so easy. We were best of buds when it came time for snow, and even outside of work, we were good friends.”

When it was time to work special events and/or street closures, Mike said he enjoyed the work because it kept him moving. He also enjoyed his time as a Teamster, and remembers when Teamsters Local 700 President-elect Ramon D. Williams became his business agent.

“When Ramon came around to Traffic Services, he was very attentive and always found time for us,” said Mike. “He’s in a position now to do more for the membership and I’m very happy for him.”

Mike said since he retired, he has been walking three miles every morning and spending more time with his family, including his three grandchildren and his wife of 43 years.

“I’m a lucky man,” said Mike. “She means so much to me.”

For the past 20 years Mike has been traveling to Arizona to play golf with other City workers and said that he looks forward to playing more.

“The plan is to move out there with my wife at some point,” said Mike. “After working the snow plow for so many years, I really don’t care for winter anymore.”


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