This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.
Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.
There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.
The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.
But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.
First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.
Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.
Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.
With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.
Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.
After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.
Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.
You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!
ATTENTION TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION NO. 200 MEMBERSHIP
In accordance with the Teamsters “General” Local Union No.200 By-Laws, Article 19, the membership has voted to suspend the General Membership Meetings for the months of June, July and August. The next scheduled General Meeting will be on the second Tuesday of September, 2015.
As for all Local Union 200 Craft Meetings for the summer months of 2015, please contact your Business Agent for your summer month’s schedule of meetings.
As summer approaches, Teamsters Local Union No. 200 has scheduled a couple of events during the summer such as:
2015 Teamsters Tailgate Saturday June 27, 2015
2015 Teamsters Local 200 Scholarship Golf Outing on Saturday Aug 8, 2015
2015 LaborFest in Milwaukee, Racine and Fond du lac, Wisconsin
Please watch our website or Facebook page for additional information on events that may be available to the membership.
On behalf of the Executive Board, Agents and Staff, please have a safe and joyful summer of 2015.
As promised this office will forward to all those members of interest any and all information received to this Local from the Central States Pension Fund.
Please see below a letter from my desk to the pension Fund Trustees, and the answer received.
Thomas L. Millonzi
Teamsters Local Union No. 200
Worker’s Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 was a day to reflect on those workers who lost their lives while in the performance of their job related duties. As we take our daily events for granted, we should always be aware that an unforeseen act can change the lives of many without notice and within a matter of seconds.
Such a tragic event did happen to a member of Teamsters Local 200. Stephen Rauth died during his workday in an industrial accident, leaving behind a wife and a young family. Yesterday, Tuesday April 28, 2015, Brother Rauth was honored along with 4 others who were recognized in a Hard Hat Procession through the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, which ended at St. Patrick’s Church. The procession led by accompanying sounds of Bagpipes and the sounds of Trades members marching, ended with a beautiful presentation which included General Intercessions from members of the Trades at St. Patrick’s.
Teamsters Local 200 President Tom Bennett offered a reading in the General Intercessions in respect to Brother Rauth and his Family.
Our Teamsters Local 200 members from Nuvo and Sonag on a pour at the new Meijer Store just off of Hwy 45 and Burliegh on Monday, April 27, 2015
Pictured here with General President Jim Hoffa is Ron Davis, Ron is a Union Steward and Industrial Electrician employed at Nestle USA.
Ron, during his off time, enjoys doing his DJ business with his wife and doing micro brewing as well. Ron has expressed to me his love for both activities, especially the DJ business. He enjoys meeting the people.
Ron is also very active with the Union inside the plant, with his background from the UAW when he was employed at General Motors in Janesville, WI.
Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi (pictured left) and Local 200 President Tom Bennett (pictured right) present a donation to the "Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride" event. Accepting the check are: Dr. Ivor Benjamin, Director of the Cardiovascular Center (second from left) and Rick Baldry, "Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride" event chair (second from right)
FROM THE DESK OF THE SECRETARY TREASURER
Retiree and General Meeting Pension Report
Tuesday April 14th both at noon and 7pm a report was given to all in attendance about the Central States Pension Fund letter recently received by participants.
“Like has been told to both the retirees and the active members of Local 200 repeatedly, we will report to you any and all information forwarded by the Fund to your Local leadership in regards to Central States and the recently passed changes to the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014” stated Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi. “We did just that yesterday. Retirees as well as active members at both meetings were attentive and engaged.
“Your Local Union Leaders are not in favor of pension cuts in any form. But at the same time want the Fund that so many of our retirees and active members count on, or will count on, in the future to prosper. Directing members and retirees to reach out to their Senate and House representatives, and even the President, with their displeasure. Directing their representatives to consider monetary relief to save this fund, instead of following the path recently put into law to reduce benefits.”
Please go to the new site recently put up by Central States to follow any new information they have to offer participants at
John Kinjerski, better known as J.K., poses with State Construction Chairman Mike Gurich. J.K. is a long time Steward for Advance Disposal. He spent the majority of his career under the truck as a mechanic, but switched gears and now drives roll-off. J.K.,s passion is racing and building race cars, and being a proud Local 200 Union member! He understands the importance of the Union, and what it brings to the membership. Members like J.K. are what Teamster Power is all about.
This link will provide the retired and active participates of Central States Pension Fund the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) for your review
Waste Management Steward Ron Moeller has been around the waste industry his whole life. Ron started working years ago in the family waste business Moeller Disposal, which was located in the Town of Vernon. In the late 1980’s Ron moved to BFI Solid Waste and helped them become members of the Teamsters Union. Ron served as a steward at BFI for roughly 6 years. In 1995 Ron moved his skills, ability and solid waste knowledge to Waste Management and in 2011 Ron was elected as one of the steward for Waste Management Franklin location, where he still serves as a steward. Ron has worked very hard as an advocate for members rights and for a strong Teamster Union. Ron is also a huge Nascar fan, traveling to several races each year and is a huge supporter of his favorite driver and defending Nascar Champion Kevin Harvick.
Mike Lancour has been a long time Local 200 member. He has also been a very dedicated and productive Union Steward throughout those years. As his business representative I have had the pleasure of working to resolve many issues at ABF Freight Systems with Mike in his capacity as Union steward and he will be sincerely missed. Mike stated that he was very happy with the representation of Local 200 and that he was very proud to be a member of Teamsters Local 200. Our feelings are mutual, we are very proud of brother Lancour’s accomplishments as a Union Steward and as a member. We wish him all the best in his retirement.
PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING HANDOUTS FROM THE CENTRAL STATES PENSION FUND MEETING HELD TODAY, WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 IN CHICAGO
Local 200 President Tom Bennett recently made a visit to the ABF location in Kenosha and is shown here with 20 year Local 200 member Gerard Lakatos showing off his new ABF uniform adorning the Teamster patch on the sleeve.
Local 200 Business Representative Wes Gable and Local 200 Union Steward Dave Miller of American Bottling are pictured above walking into contract negotiations today.
“We are looking to secure another good contract for the members working here,” said Wes. “ The current agreement was a five year contract set to expire May 1st.”
American Bottling has 34 Teamsters working at the facility.
Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and Local 200 President Tom Bennett recently visited the Teamster International headquarters in Washington DC to meet and confer with IBT representatives Cindy Impala, director of Training and Development for the IBT, and Brian Tierney from the communications department.
“In an effort to bring continued education to the members of this local about right to work, President Tom Bennett and myself are reaching out to our International. Cindy and Brian were very knowledgeable and will be working with Local 200 in our effort,” said Secretary Treasurer Millonzi.
Pictured are Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and President Tom Bennett in the front lobby of the IBT headquarters in Washington DC
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 200
Teamsters Local 200 is proud to announce that we have signed a new ready mix company to a long term Union contract. Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, is a 4th generation family run ready mix business that has just opened its first location in Kenosha with the intent of expanding to several other locations in southeastern Wisconsin.
Business Agent Tom Benvenuto with Local 200 member Gale Oldenburg
Ozinga Ready Mix temporary portable plant in Kenosha
L to R Business Agent Tom Benvenuto with Local 200 members Rick Smithkey, Andrew Brommer, Mike Butterworth
With the Country’s Mid-Term elections behind us, we as an organization look to the future. The goals of the Local Union are to understand the needs of the working families within our own membership, our communities and within the State of Wisconsin. With that understanding, the determination to secure living wages, affordable healthcare and retirement security shall be on the forefront.
Organizing the un-organized employees shall be an effort we collectively share. The work to be done can only be accomplished as whole, with each member participating. Workers have endured decades of advancement within the workplace. With that advancement, we shall promote continuation and strengthen our presence.
As we proceed with determination, we do so cautiously. Listening can be crucial. As we listen, we undertake the role of leadership. Then our actions will reflect sound decisions for generations to come.