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2015 Essay Contest
The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has announced that this year’s topic for the Annual Essay Contest is “What impact would an increase in union membership have on the U.S. economy and the middle class?”
Teamster sons, daughters or financial dependents, age 23 and younger who are currently attending community college, a 4-year institution or a technical/vocational program are eligible to apply. All applicants must fill out the application page and send it along with their essay (500 words or less) to the Scholarship Fund office. Winners are awarded $1,000. The deadline is June 15, 2015. Download the application form here.
When completed, the application form and essay may be e-mailed to the office at: email@example.com or they can be mailed to: James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund, 25 Louisiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Thank you to the hard working men and women of Chicago who make this city work day in and day out.
Iron Mountain Drivers Choose Teamster Representation
IBT Local 731 Organizes Chicago-Area Document Shredders Group
Approximately 85 Drivers who perform mobile document shredding on behalf of Iron Mountain voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local Union No. 731 on November 1, 2013.
The new Teamsters are engaged in work at the employer’s facilities located in Chicago and suburban Addison. They decided to seek representation to procure bargaining power, fair wages, medical and retirement benefits and job security. The organizing victory is one of many at Iron Mountain nationwide. In recent years, employees at facilities in Atlanta, San Jose and Oakland, California have all voted to join the strongest labor union in America…The International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
“Teamsters Local 731 is proud to welcome our newest members at Iron Mountain,” said Terrence J. Hancock, President and Vice President of Teamsters Joint Council 25. “These hardworking men and women stuck together throughout the entire organizing drive and are now ready to bargain for better working conditions and improved rights on the job.”
Iron Mountain workers were originally prepared to vote for Teamster power on October 4, 2013, but were delayed in doing so by the U.S. Government shutdown that occurred on Oct. 1, which prevented the National Labor Relations Board from overseeing and certifying Union elections. In the month that followed, Iron Mountain Drivers remained focused on the future and maintaining their strong drive to secure Teamster representation here in Illinois.
The victory for Iron Mountain employees was made possible in part by the efforts of IBT Local 731 Business Representative Mike Corrigan along with the diligence of Ed Ryann who serves as Assistant to President Hancock. Special recognition must also be cited on behalf of the Joint Council 25 Organizing Director Mike DiGrazia along with staff organizers Paul DiGrazia and Matt Pavich, who not only joined the campaign but also spearheaded the joint effort to victory. Chicago-area Organizers also assisted Teamsters Local 728 in Georgia to secure Union Representation to additional Iron Mountain workers, during their own Union campaign.
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List of renewal collective bargaining agreements that have been secured via ratification by the respective bargaining units and are currently on file with the Office of the Union:
LINEN AND LAUNDRY INDUSTRY
- Roscoe Company
- Denormandie Linen
- Dustcatchers, Inc.
- Alsco, Inc.
STEEL AND METALS TRADE INDUSTRY
- Pyramid Mouldings
- Reliable Galvanizing
- Reserve F.T.L.
- Mandel Metals
- Copper and Brass Sales
- Universal Metals
- Couplings Company
STAND-ALONE LABOR AGREEMENTS
- TJA School Districts 155/47
$1.68 BILLON DOLLAR STATE OF ILLINOIS TRANSPORTATION BILL SIGNED
Governor Pat Quinn signed into law on Tuesday, July 10, $1.68 billion worth of statewide transportation projects that are expected to create roughly 18,400 jobs, according to State Officials.
The projects include improvements to road, rail and transit, like expanding highways and modernizing rail infrastructure. Governor Quinn signed the bill in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the other Labor Leaders were on hand to witness this historic effort.
The improvements include more than $817 million in new highway projects and nearly $800 million in mass transit and rail improvements in the 2013 fiscal year.
This long anticipated announcement was the next phase of a Capital Projects Program that began in 2009. The legislation, passed by State Lawmakers earlier in the year, authorized the State to borrow the money. Illinois will pay for the projects by selling off bonds.
A much-needed overpass separating trains and vehicles will be constructed in suburban Bellwood where the event was conducted in an effort to elevate heavy congestion. Other projects include adding new lanes to parts of Illinois Route 13 in the southern half of the state, Route 59 in northeastern Illinois and Route 71 in north-central Illinois.
It was also announced that Chicago will benefit from nearly $94 million in discretionary state funding for transportation projects including resurfacing arterial streets; a $22.5 million overhaul of a Chicago River bridge; and $3 million in engineering costs for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Lake Shore Drive.
Teamsters Local 731 President Terrence J. Hancock stated that “this next phase of Governor Quinn’s historic Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program, will create good jobs, strengthen our transportation system and support economic growth across all of Illinois”.
ELGIN-O’HARE COMPETING FOR FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said an extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway could be a top Illinois candidate for a share of $500 million in federal funding along with other key transportation projects. The $500 million pot is part of transportation legislation signed into law Friday, July 6, 2012 by President Barack Obama. The funding is to be utilized to support projects of regional and national significance and Durbin said that the project fits that definition, but will compete with an interstate bridge in the Quad Cities and a major railroad project in Springfield Illinois to name a few.
Senator Durbin indicated that the earmarked $500 million is just a small part of the plan approved by Congress. It also includes $4.1 billion on behalf of Illinois roads and $1.5 billion for mass transit. The Elgin-O’Hare extension needs about $300 million, which would extend the roadway east to O’Hare Airport and allow the construction of a western bypass to create direct access to the airport.
“By putting more people to work in good jobs repairing transportation systems and moving the economy, all Illinois residents win”, Hancock said.
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