Teamsters Local 705 proudly represents about 17,000 members in and around the Chicago land area.
Today, under the leadership of Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, and the Executive Board, Local 705 represents UPS, Freight, Cartage, Warehousing, Public Works, Rail Yards, Movers and thousands of other members in the Midwest.
Local 705 is and always will be a leader in organized labor! We fight hard to win fair and stronger contracts, settle more grievances and negotiate higher wages for our members in their respective work places.
We hope that you enjoy our website and visit often for updates.
Our Local 705 team led by Mike Jordan (Business Agent), Frank Bianco (Assistant Business Agent), Al Wimunc (Organizer), Francisco Chacon (Steward), Chris Flores (Steward), and several others are showing their support for our brothers and sisters at the DHL Express Gateway.
Matthew Bonowitz, a manager at the O’Hare facility, is circumventing the contract and violating the rights that Local 705 members have tirelessly fought for and earned. Mr. Bonowitz is wrongfully terminating Local 705 members for non-cardinal infractions, attempting to rob them of their livelihood in hopes they will give up and move on. Unfortunately for Mr. Bonowitz, Local 705 does not and will not give up.
The Local 705 Team is supporting its members by leafleting and bannering, and fighting to enforce the contract in every way it can. We believe in the power of collective bargaining and will do what it takes to protect our members from injustices in the workplace. To get involved and support your Union brothers and sisters, contact your Local 705 business agent.
In October of 2020, employees working in several departments at the Village of North Riverside decided they wanted a union contract. Recent developments at the Village raised some serious concerns about possible future attacks on the rights of Village employees. 705 members working in nearby Villages recommended contacting Local 705.
Employees met with Local 705 organizer, Al Wimunc, and gave Al the go ahead to ask the Village Council to approve voluntary recognition for two bargaining units, one covering employees in the public works department and one covering employees working three departments, Administration, Recreation and Police. Both new bargaining units were certified through their voluntary recognition process by the Illinois Labor Relations Board in January of 2021 and bargaining began a few weeks later.
In April 2021, the employees from the Public Works Department overwhelmingly voted to approve their first Teamsters, 705 contract. Through their hard work, they won the contract protections they sought. Their first contract includes wage increases, overtime pay improvements, new annual stipends, as well as the important job security and fair treatment provisions 705 negotiates in both its public and private sector collective bargaining agreements.
The employees from the Clerical and Administration Department remain in negotiations with the Village, fighting hard to win to win a fair contract.
Local 705 is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Local 705 Pension Fund have voted to improve benefits for active UPS and UPS-CSI participants. These benefit improvements are possible due to the contractually negotiated contributions from UPS that were won by your Local 705 negotiating committee.
Below is a notice from the Board of Trustees detailing the benefit improvements.
National Negotiations for DHL Global Forwarding/AEI began this week in Sarasota, FL. The national committee met with the company to exchange contract proposals. The committee includes Jared Lyons, a 21 year Local 705 rank and file member and steward at DHLGF/AEI. Brother Lyons made history by becoming the first rank and file member to be part of the national DHLGF/AEI committee.
In June, delegates elected to the IBT Convention passed an amendment to the constitution that mandates rank and file members be included on all negotiation committees, national and local. Express Division Director Bill Hamilton requested that a rank and file member from Local 705, the largest DHLGF/AEI local in the country, be represented on the committee.
“Rank and file members should be part of every contract negotiation in our union”, said Local 705 Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, “that’s how we do it in Local 705, and going forward that’s how it will be done in every national negotiation. We need the voice of members who work at the employer on all our committees. Our members know the issues, they live them every day they punch in.”
“It was an honor to be the first rank and file member to be able to sit on the DHLGF/AEI National Negotiations Committee”, said Lyons.
Congratulations to our newest members from Kessler Sales and Distribution in University Park, who voted unanimously on their first Teamsters Local 705 contract on July 1st, 2021. Our members stood united and strong to achieve better wages, sick days, a ratification bonus, an additional holiday, a 40-hour guarantee, $150.00 a year safety shoe allowance, time-and-a-half for Saturday and Sunday work, and much more.
Teamsters Local 705 would like to welcome our new members from Corey Steel in Cicero IL.
The 7 drivers voted on July 1, 2021, for Union rights and to be a part of Teamsters Local 705. They are excited and ready to start negotiating a Teamsters Contract.
One of the reasons Corey Steel employees decided to step up and fight for their rights is because they have not received a pay raise in almost 7 years.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VISITING THE FUND OFFICE:
If you need to come to the Fund Office for any reason, please call ahead for an appointment (312) 738-2811. Thank you!
FOR PARTICIPANTS OF THE LOCAL 705 HEALTH & WELFARE PLAN:
COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
The Plan will cover diagnostic testing (as approved or authorized by the FDA) to detect COVID-19 at no cost to Plan participants.
From March 18 through September 30, 2020, the Plan will cover in-network Telehealth visits for the same cost sharing amount as doctor’s office visits. Your visit does not need to be related to COVID-19.