On March 22, Local 705’s Secretary Treasurer Juan Campos was sworn in as Vice President At-Large at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, beginning a five-year term on the IBT’s General Executive Board. He took the oath of office alongside Sean O’Brien, who was sworn in as IBT President, and Fred Zuckerman as IBT General Secretary. O’Brien also appointed Campos to head the Tankhaul Division.
“I’m looking to service the members,” said Campos. “I’m looking to deliver on our promises of making some change and seeing our great Union grow.”
O’Brien, Campos, and the rest of the IBT leadership held a General Executive Board meeting and got to work immediately following the inauguration.
This is a new chapter for Local 705 and our International Union that will require the participation of all Teamster members. From improving standards in the tankhaul industry, to winning a great UPS contract, to organizing Amazon, it will take members staying informed and active to win big.
This week 705 members rallied with Black Workers Matter at an Amazon warehouse under construction on the West Side of Chicago. The rally demanded Amazon provide good paying jobs in the community and condemned tax breaks given to the corporate giant.
The new Teamsters leadership took office in a historic moment. Just weeks into their term, Amazon workers in Staten Island won the first union in the company’s history. IBT President Sean O’Brien met with Amazon Labor Union leaders Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer following their monumental victory. They discussed how the Teamsters Union can help the Staten Island union win their first contract.
“Amazon is an abusive employer. They show total disregard for working people. It’s time to face the bully head-on,” said O’Brien.
705 Teamsters are doing their part to show solidarity with Amazon workers in Chicago.
On April 10, Local 705 Tankhaul members and IBT Tankhaul Director Juan Campos met to discuss strategies for growing union density and standards in the industry.
Tankhaul is a core Teamster industry, but the non-union competition is threatening our jobs and standards. The new IBT Tankhaul division is gearing up to organize the non-union competition, defend union standards, and grow Teamster membership in Tankhaul.
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, the 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.
Teamsters Local 705 family would like to welcome our new brothers and sisters from Shred-It, who is a subsidiary of Stericycle. The drivers overwhelming voted on September 5th, 2019 to become part of Teamsters Local 705. The vote count was 31 YES - 7 NO. Teamsters Local 705 is currently negotiating their first contract for Shred-It and have already successfully negotiated an interim grievance procedure.
Teamsters 705 listened to its members and fought hard to get them an outstanding first contract. The Meyer employees overwhelming voted to accept their first contract which shows satisfaction with the negotiations.
Over the last few months, the members of Teamsters Local 705 met with the Meyer employees answering questions, listening to their concerns, ensuring that they have a fair workplace and tackling issues like wages, benefits, retirement and working conditions.
Meyer employees are thrilled with the contract and the unprecedented support they have received. Teamsters Local 705 thanks the committee members for their hard work and expertise and is proud to provide strong representation for the members of Meyer Steel Drum.
Inside workers at Meyer Steel Drum recognized the benefits of being a Teamster and voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 705.
The 93-0 vote was not only unprecedented, but also showed the employees' confidence in Local 705. Over the last few months, the members of Local 705 met with the Meyer employees answering questions and explaining the benefits that Local 705 offers members.
The group of 113 joined together to ensure that they have a voice in the workplace over issues like wages, benefits, retirement and working conditions. Teamsters 705 is excited to become the exclusive representative of the hard-working employees of Meyer Steel. Once the process is certified, contract negotiations will begin.
Representing more than 16,000 Chicagoland workers, Teamsters Local 705 is one of the largest and most active Teamster Locals in North America, bringing strong representation to men and women.
The staff and members of Local 705 are excited to welcome Meyer Steel Drum employees to the Teamsters.
February 28, 2019
CONGRATULATIONS! Our members at American Compressed Gas just ratified their 1st UNION CONTRACT!
Teamsters Local 705 Funds recently launched a new secured user-friendly website. Health Fund participants can check benefit statements and Pension Fund participants can utilize the new Retirement Calculator.