Teamsters Local 700 proudly represents more than 10,000 public service employees in Illinois. We continue to fight for the rights, benefits and advantages that hardworking men and women deserve.
Teamsters Local 700 President
Becky Strzechowski began her career as a teenager in a clerical position with Local 727. She was eventually elected as Vice President and Business Manager of Local 727—the first female to hold these positions. Prior to the formation of Local 700, Becky was appointed by General President James P. Hoffa to serve as the Assistant Trustee of Teamsters Local 714. In December 2009, she became the Trustee of Local 726.
Becky is the Director of the Teamsters Women’s Conference and a founding member of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee. In August 2014, she was unanimously appointed to serve as trustee on the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Executive Board. Becky and the entire Executive Board of Teamsters Joint Council 25 was unanimously re-elected to serve another four-year term starting Jan. 1, 2016.
Becky graduated at the top of her class from DePaul University, earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics. While working for the Teamsters, she later attended night school for four years to earn her law degree from DePaul. Becky’s career spans more than two decades with the Teamsters union, during which time she also served as trustee for the Teamsters 727 Benefit Fund. She was elected Secretary-Treasurer of Local 700 in 2011 and has proudly served as Local 700 President since 2012.
Becky comes from a law enforcement family. Her father is a retired Chicago Police officer, her brother is an active Chicago officer and her sister is an Adult Probation Officer for Cook County. Becky was elected as Local 700 President in December 2014 to serve a five-year term.
Michael G. Melone
Michael G. Melone was elected to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer for Teamsters Local 700 after holding multiple positions within the Teamsters organization. Michael was a long time Teamster member with Local 726 while he worked as a highway maintainer for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He became involved in the union as a shop steward 25 years ago, and he later volunteered as an organizer for Teamsters Joint Council 25. In addition to his organizing work, Michael has worked closely with the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Political Directors and successfully advocated to protect workers rights in Springfield. During his career, Michael has served as Recording Secretary, business agent, political director and executive director for Teamsters Local 700. Michael was elected as Secretary-Treasurer in December 2014 to serve a 5-year term.
Mark A. Robinson
Mark Robinson has served as Chief Union Steward for the Cook County Department of Corrections, Local 700’s largest unit with more than 3,000 members, since 2004. His job history includes service in law enforcement, security and in the United States Army Infantry Division. As Chief Steward, Mark works closely with members through the grievance procedure, hearings, investigations and arbitrations. He has also helped the union secure tentative agreements to better the working conditions for county employees. Recognized for his success in organizing the Cook County Department of Corrections, Mark assisted with organizing the Florida Department of Corrections in 2011 at the request of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Mark was elected as Vice President in December 2014 to serve a 5-year term.
Ramon Williams has been a longtime Teamster member, organizer and business agent. Having worked as a rank and file member for two decades, Ramon began working for the Teamsters as an organizer for Teamsters Joint Council 25 in 2006. He has worked with dozens of local and national Teamsters organizing campaigns including United Airlines and First Student School Bus Company. Ramon, who still holds his commercial driver’s license, worked as a driver for nearly 20 years and is a former member of Teamsters Local 705 and Local 731. He also served as a Business Agent for Local 726 before starting as a Business Agent for Local 700 in 2010. A second-generation Teamster, Ramon’s father worked as a motor truck driver in the City of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, a unit that Ramon currently represents as Business Agent. Ramon was elected as Recording Secretary in December 2014 to serve a 5-year term.
Hector Hernandez has been a proud Teamster member for nearly two decades. Hector has served as Chief Steward for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation since 2006, while working at O’Hare International Airport. In addition to his role as union steward, Hector serves as member action coordinator, encouraging members to support their fellow Teamsters brothers and sisters at organizing rallies, on the picket line and more. Hector is also the President of the Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus and was elected in 2014 to serve as a member of the National Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Executive Board. Hector was elected to the Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board as a Trustee in 2011 and was again re-elected in December 2014 to serve a 5-year term.
Gregory Ortiz is a rank-and-file member of the City of Chicago Department of Water Management and has been a Teamster member since 1998. Greg has served the union as steward, elected delegate and business agent. Greg’s work experience with the City of Chicago spans across four departments including the Department of Aviation, Transportation, Streets and Sanitation and Water Management. In addition to his service to the city and to the union, Greg is a veteran of the United States Army. He served in two deployments overseas in the Global War on Terrorism as a U.S. Army Infantryman. He retired from the position of First Sergeant in 2011, having earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star and the Army Accommodation Medal for Valor in battle. Greg serves as the military liaison for Local 700 and the Teamsters Military Assistance Program. Greg was elected as Trustee for the Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board in December 2014 to serve a 5-year term.
Anthony L. McGee
Teamsters Local 700 Business Agent and Trustee
Anthony McGee has served Teamsters Local 700 as a business agent since 2010. Before joining the Teamsters full-time, Anthony was a rank-and-file member with the Cook County Department of Corrections. While serving as a union steward, Anthony’s natural leadership style and ability to communicate members’ interests at the bargaining table was recognized, and he transitioned into the role of business agent for Local 700. As a business agent, Anthony has experience representing members throughout Local 700’s public employee membership from law enforcement, fire fighters, public works, county and municipal clerks and more. In addition to serving members as a union representative, Anthony has extensive experience in negotiating successful contracts for members from start to finish. Anthony was elected as Trustee for the Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board in December 2014 to serve a 5-year term.