Our Teamster Organization has been very helpful in assisting our Brothers and Sisters in their time of need. From natural disasters such as floods, tornados, and wildfires, the Teamsters have stepped in to assist. Devastating events impact our day-to-day lives, such as an act of workplace violence to a life-threatening injury at the worksite. The security, health, and welfare of our family can change without any notice. Throughout our Local Union, our membership has created Fund Raisers such as passing a Card around the worksite to promote a GoFund Me venue to help those in need. Please, if there is a way to assist someone in need, consider the gesture of goodwill.
Teamster Local 200 Retiree (40-year Teamster) Randy Blanchard’s son Wayne, a former 11-year Local 200 Member, was severely injured on August 1, 2021, while in the performance of his duty as a Walworth County Deputy Sheriff. Wayne Blanchard was critically injured when a reckless driver lost control of his vehicle, impacting Wayne’s physical being, which placed Wayne in the hospital for over three months. To this day, Wayne continues to undergo required surgery for his injuries and recovery. Wayne’s long road to recovery continues and through the action of Business Representative Jay Couturier for encouragement and support, Jay has established a donation venue at Local 200 to aid Wayne and his family with his recovery.
Business Agent Jay Couturier has placed a Get-Well Card for Wayne Blanchard at the counter of the Local Union Office located at 6200 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please stop by and ask to be part of this effort, sign the Card, and extend your thoughtful best wishes to Wayne Blanchard and his family. A donation would be really appreciated. The Card will be available for your consideration through the rest of May and into June 2022.
A 33-year Member of Teamsters Local 200, Jerry Haas (center), stopped by the Union Hall to say "hi" and take care of a couple matters as a Union Steward at USFoods location in the Falls.
Jerry is a very engaged and active Union Steward working on behalf of his Brothers and Sisters at the worksite. We discussed the recent trip to the IBT Headquarters by Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Bennett and other Teamster Leaders from the Eastern and Central Regions that gathered under the leadership of Central Region Vice President and IBT Warehouse Director Tom Erickson. Jerry was excited to hear about the coordinating strategies and direction connecting USFoods Regional Teamster Local's together.
Pictured with Jerry are Business Agents Jeff Bandur and Jay Couturier.
Central States Pension Fund
Visits Local 200 Membership
On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Mike Mullane of CSPF spent the day in Milwaukee at LU200 addressing the status of Central States Pension Fund based on the recent SFA Application filing and answered questions presented by the Membership related to the April 28, 2022, CSPF 1300-page submission to the PBGC. The SFA Application by CSPF is requesting an amount to reach solvency equating to 35.1 Billion Dollars.
Mike's day at Local 200 began sitting down at the Retiree Luncheon at noon as he enjoyed a sandwich with the Retiree's. Then at 1pm had a roundtable discussion with the Teamster Retiree's in attendance.
After that interaction, Mike was taken to see our Brothers and Sisters at the ABF Milwaukee Terminal at 2:30pm. Agents Jared Wolski and Jeff Bandur accompanied Mike during this worksite visit. Mike was excited with this visit as the Brothers and Sisters at the ABF worksite were able to ask numerous questions and get direct answers from Mike.
After the ABF Milwaukee interaction, Mike returned to the Local and worked with Agents on matters for individual members.
Then at 7pm, Mike addressed a very well attended General Membership Meeting. Also engaged in the conversation and presentation were LU200 Retirees Kenny Stribling and Bernie Anderson. Mike spent a solid hour and a half with our Brothers and Sisters of LU200 from Teamster worksites such as Waste Management, Yellow, Holland, and others. Mike answered every question that was raised. No question went unanswered. In fact, Mike was direct with facts as he knew he might be tested in a true Teamster fashion.
On behalf of the Membership, Executive Board, Agents, and Staff of Local 200, we thank Mike for being available to come to Milwaukee and Local 200 to address our Teamster Membership.
LOCAL 200 MEMBERS SECURE THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION AT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Agreement Contains Substantial Wage Increases, Maintains Benefits and Improves Working Conditions
(MILWAUKEE) – Nearly 200 Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) workers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strong three-year contract extension. The 190-worker unit is represented by Teamsters Local 200 in Milwaukee and services communities throughout Southeast Wisconsin.
The new agreement provides WMI workers with competitive wages, among other improvements.
“This all started about six or seven months ago. We were losing drivers to GFL and the company realized they had to do something to keep us. Everybody was on the same page and held strong to get the wages we knew we deserved. We also maintained our top-notch health insurance. That’s always a big priority for us, and something we will never give up,” said Jeff Wing, a 15-year shop steward at Local 200 who has worked at WMI for nearly 30 years. “We all worked together as a group. In the end, we all benefited and are happy to be covered under this new contract.”
Local 200’s previous agreement with WMI was set to expire on April 30, 2023. The contract extension will now cover Wing and his co-workers through April 30, 2025.
“The company came to us looking for help retaining workers. We told them the best way to keep workers is to pay them what they deserve, so we decided it was time to negotiate a contract extension that would provide competitive wages while also improving working conditions and maintaining the excellent union health plan,” said Tom Benvenuto, Local 200 Business Representative and Joint Council 39 Solid Waste Director. “This is a strong agreement that will provide our members with protection and security.”
Benvenuto noted that Local 200 members voted decisively, by an 85-percent margin, in favor of the extension. In addition to substantial annual wage increases, which went into effect on April 10, 2022, the new agreement also contains strong benefits and an additional vacation day.
“This contract extension recognizes the values of the professional abilities and dedication of our Teamster brothers and sisters that serve the communities of Southeast Wisconsin. The goals of the union stewards and Local 200 Business Agents Gary Shearier and Tom Benvenuto were to secure the highest area standards for the membership and—by the solidarity displayed in the overwhelming ratification—these goals were clearly met,” said Thomas Bennett, Local 200 Principal Officer and Joint Council 39 Secretary-Treasurer.
Teamsters Local 200 represents thousands of workers throughout Wisconsin. For more information, go to http://teamsterslocal200.com/
General Teamsters Local Union No.200 stands in solidarity with the striking workers of the UAW
WI AFL-CIO: Stands in solidarity with UAW workers at CNHi
At noon on May 2, 2022 over 1,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike at CNHi in Racine, Wisconsin and Burlington, Iowa. Over 600 members of UAW Local 180 work at CNHi in Racine. Around 400 UAW Local 807 workers work at CNHi in Burlington, Iowa. CNHi is one of the world’s largest agricultural and construction equipment makers. UAW workers at CNHi produce equipment that feeds, builds, and powers America. UAW workers are on strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity, and establish fair work rules.
“The Wisconsin labor movement proudly stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the UAW Local 180 and UAW Local 807 on strike at CNHi in Racine, Wisconsin and Burlington, Iowa,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “UAW members are holding the line to strengthen our American middle class by standing together for a good union contract that establishes fair work rules with good wages and the ability to retire with dignity. We send strength and solidarity to the striking workers and urge CNHi to negotiate in good faith to reach a mutually agreeable contract.”
On Workers Memorial Day, we pause for a moment of silence as we remember the 44 Wisconsinites who didn't return home at the end of their shift in 2021.
Senator Baldwin Leads Senate Resolution Commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a resolution honoring Workers’ Memorial Day, an international holiday commemorating workers who were killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell on the job. Workers’ Memorial Day is observed annually on April 28, the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) going into effect.
“I was proud to lead this resolution honoring Workers’ Memorial Day because I stand with labor to honor and remember victims of workplace-related death, injuries and disease,” said Senator Baldwin. “Across the country, we’ve seen a renewed interest in union organizing to give workers a voice at some of America’s largest employers. Together, we will continue to stand in solidarity with labor to ensure every workers’ safety is protected on the job.”
“Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of all of the workers who have been lost tragically on the job. They’ve left family and loved ones behind, and we must honor their memories by strengthening safety and health protections,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “There is still work to do to ensure that every worker has the right to go home safe at the end of a shift. We strongly urge the Senate to support this resolution.”
Baldwin’s resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Pat Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Tina Smith (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-ND).
On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, our Local 200 Brothers and Sisters of the City of Racine put into service the largest grouping of Electric Buses in the State of Wisconsin.
Governor Tony Evers, State Representative Greta Neubauer, and numerous other officials acknowledged the efforts by the City of Racine Cory Mason in this initiative to introduce the Electric Bus Fleet as part of an overall process for a safer environment.
Teamsters Local 200 applauds our Brothers and Sisters at RYDE that will be part of this historic event today and for years to come.
Teamsters Local 200 encourages our Teamster Families that have Son's or Daughter's enrolled at the University of Wisconsin - Madison to apply for the James Jesinski Scholarship. The application is in the latest Wisconsin Teamster Magazine that was delivered to your home. If you need a copy of the Wisconsin Teamster for the Scholarship application, please call Local 200 at 414-771-6363 and request a copy mailed to your home or stop by the Local Union and we will provide you a copy.
USF HOLLAND TEAMSTERS SECURE SETTLEMENT
Drivers to Receive Compensation for Missed Work Due to Dispatch Foul-Ups
Local 200 Teamster Brother Shane Colton has announced his retirement after 30 years of working at the Franz Company in Butler, Wisconsin. On behalf of the Executive Board and his co-workers, we all wish Shane a happy retirement!
General President O’Brien listened to Teamsters Local 120 members’ feedback at USF Holland today on how to build power in the freight industry. “The concession stand is closed. We are going to go into negotiations from a position of strength. We are going to restore members’ faith in the Freight Division,” O’Brien said. “We have a plan to grow, to organize. You know better than anyone — you back up next to nonunion competitors every single day. We’ve revamped the Freight Division and rebuilt the Organizing Department. We are committed.”
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"I call upon our members to join in solidarity with all workers in this country and across the globe, to plan and participate in workplace and community events, ceremonies, and awareness campaigns to highlight the toll of dangerous workplace conditions on workers, their families, and loved ones," said Sean M. O'Brien, Teamsters General President. âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂž¡ï¸ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ� CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES: https://teamster.org/2022-workers-memorial-day-organize/
Thanks to decades of effort, workers and their unions have made significant improvements to working conditions. But workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths continue to inflict enormous pain and suffering on millions of American workers and their families. Since March 2020, close to 1 million have died, and 80 million have become ill from COVID-19 in the US; many are frontline and essential workers, including Teamster members.
The Teamsters Union has organized to demand and win job protections from this highly contagious virus throughout the pandemic. We have organized for safe jobs and the right to speak out against unsafe working conditions. In addition to fighting for worker protections against COVID-19 exposure, we must continue to fight for protections against heat stress, workplace violence, and the evolving and unique hazards presented when humans and machines collide in automation/ robotics in the workplace.
We have developed a variety of resources to help local unions plan WMD activities at your local and workplace. These include examples of activities and events to host, talking points that may be shared with the media, and fact sheets on workplace hazards and workers’ rights.
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Attention Local 200 Brothers and Sisters that use Wisconsin Health Fund:
If you receive or have received a Bill from Ascension for LAB services, it may have been sent in error. Please contact Wisconsin Health Fund (414-771-5600) immediately to resolve this matter. WHF Executive Director Mike Lovely has conveyed to Local 200 that he will get this error "squared away" for each impacted participant of WHF.
KEMPS DONATING 325,000 SHELF-STABLE MILKS TO WISCONSIN FOOD BANKS, INCLUDING FEEDING AMERICA IN MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Kemps, a local milk brand with a processing facility in Cedarburg is once again stepping to help Wisconsin families in need this time with shelf-stable chocolate milk for food pantries and kid backpack programs.
According to a news release, the need has never been greater with millions of children and families facing hunger and food insecurity. Locally, nearly half a million Wisconsinites are facing hunger and food insecurity every day, including 171,460 children.
This year, Kemps will donate 325,000 shelf-stable “Giving Cow” milk cartons to Wisconsin food banks, with more than 36,800 chocolate milk packs being delivered tomorrow in partnership with retailer Roundy’s to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, which will distribute to food pantries and shelters throughout the Milwaukee community.
The “Giving Cow” packs come in single-serve, 8-ounce packs of ultra-high temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk and have a shelf life of up to 12 months. While typically fresh milk only has a shelf life of 20 days, they’re a perfect solution for food pantries and kids backpack programs, which often lack cold storage.
These NEW Chocolate Milk Giving Cow Packs will be delivered to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin in Milwaukee on Wednesday, March 30.
“Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is thrilled to receive this donation from Kemps to help our agency partners safely distribute nutritious and highly sought-after milk to the families experiencing hunger in our communities,” says Patti Habeck, President and CEO of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “We’re immensely grateful to have this ongoing partnership with a generous donor like Kemps.”
“We’re proud to partner with Kemps in providing this donation of Giving Cow milk to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, as milk is one of the most requested yet least donated items at American food banks,” says James J. Hyland, VP Communications & Public Affairs, Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. “This donation of Giving Cow shelf-stable milk will help provide an excellent source of protein and other important nutrients to families in need.”
As March comes to a close, Teamsters Local 200 recognizes Women's History Month with our Teamster Sisters from the Roundy's Distribution Center. From left to right are Terri Freson, Morgan Sanchez, Sandy Keomanivong and Daniella Belongia of the Freezer Department. Thank you for being part of Teamster History from Teamsters Local 200!
Kenneth H. Friesner
(2/3/1940 – 3/15/2022)
On behalf of the Teamsters Local 200 Executive Board, Agents and Staff, our sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of Ken Friesner. Ken retired from Teamsters Local 200 in 1994 and was a former Officer of Teamsters Local 200. Brother Friesner was committed to strengthening the Teamsters Union through his leadership and commitment. The Family will be having a private celebration of life at a later time.
O'BRIEN-ZUCKERMAN, GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD BEGIN FIVE-YEAR TERM
Sean M. O’Brien Sworn in as the 11th General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; General Executive Board Meets to Plan for the Future
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(WASHINGTON) – Sean M. O’Brien was sworn in today as the new General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman and the newly-elected General Executive Board also took the oath of office. Following a swearing-in ceremony, O’Brien and his team went straight to work, holding their first board meeting to discuss the priorities of the new administration.
(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters who work at Standard Forwarding have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year contract that provides for significant hourly and mileage increases, increased benefit contributions and other improvements.
The contract covers about 400 Teamsters. Members voted over the past several days at their local unions.
March is Women's History Month and Teamsters Local 200 recognizes Joanne DeRose.
If you have ever had the opportunity to eat at UW-Parkside, you have probably enjoyed some of the delicious homemade bakery served on the campus. Since September of 1974, the artist behind the bakery has been Joanne DeRose. Over the years, many different vendors of services have been contracted to handle the nutritional needs at UW-Parkside, and for the past 40 years, Joanne has been the Union Steward for each company. She has enjoyed working for each employer that has come through, but what Joanne enjoys about her job are her co-workers.
Teamsters Local 200 would like to thank Joanne for her dedicated years of Teamster service.
The MILWAUKEE SKYLINE WILL CHANGE AND OUR TEAMSTER MEMBERS AT RIVCRETE ARE PART OF THIS HISTORY.
CONTRACTORS START MARATHON POUR FOR COUTURE TOWER'S FOUNDATION: SLIDE SHOW
The first concrete truck rolled onto the Couture construction site around 7 a.m. Wednesday, starting an about six-hour pour for the foundation slab of the 44-story tower. See the attached slideshow for a look at the work taking place.
March is Women's History Month and Teamsters Local 200 recognizes Kristine Brockman, a 36-year member of Teamsters Local 200. Kristine delivers goods from the Roundy's Warehouse in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to Pick 'n Save locations. Thank you for your instrumental part of Teamster History.
Wisconsin truck drivers see higher wages in face of trucker shortage
Teamsters Local 200 Business Representative Tom Benvenuto joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the advantages truck drivers have in the current employment market, and how they can use this leverage to increase their pay.
The Local 200 jurisdiction includes the following areas in Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Racine, and Kenosha.
Three years ago, trucking employees would have been elated with a 3 percent wage increase, but due to the pressures of the pandemic and the current trucker shortage, employers are regularly offering 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent wage increases — and some are saying it is still not enough, Benvenuto said. In today’s job market, having a commercial driver's license is a golden ticket and the Teamsters are able to leverage increasingly higher wages for members, he added.
Benvenuto also talked about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and what it will mean for jobs in Wisconsin and the importance of supporting pro-union candidates to protect labor rights in the state.
Listen to the entire episode to learn more about these topics:
At the March 2022 General Membership Meeting at Teamsters Local 200, Union Steward William Harris conducted the Oath of Office presentation to the Executive Board. Brother Harris is a longtime member of Local 200 and is a City Driver at T Force Freight. It was an honor to have Brother Harris conduct the Oath. In Solidarity.
During the March 8, 2022 Teamsters Local 200 General Membership Meeting, Teamster Brother "O.B." Tillman of Roundy's was recognized by the Executive Board for his commitment towards Internal Organizing efforts at the Roundy's Distribution Center. Brother Tillman, a 30 year Local 200 Member, interacts with Brothers and Sisters when they enter the workplace discussing Union benefits, what the Union contract brings to workers and the strength of being a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
March is Women's History Month and Teamsters Local 200 recognizes Sister Sharlay McMullum. Sharlay is a proud member of Teamsters Local 200, working at the Waste Management container shop in Menomonee Falls as a welder. She is currently enrolled as a student at Waukesha County Technical College pursuing her Associates Degree in welding/advanced fabrication, helping to advance her career at WM. Thank you for your energy, hard work and being part of Teamster History.
March is Women's History Month and we honor our Teamster Sisterhood, which continues to make Teamster History each day. Pictured are Sandra Cruz, LaRhonda Paez, and Bonnie Bohl of Teamsters Local 200, who are instrumental in our day-to-day operations.
TEAMCARE has announced a new benefit for the eligible Retirees under the TEAMCARE Retiree Plan.