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Business Representative Gary Shearier meets with long-term union steward Tim Domagalski from GFL to receive out standing member applications.

Please read this very important information from Central States Pension Fund. 

Central States Pension Fund Has Withdrawn and
Resubmitted Application for Special Financial Assistance

In April, we informed participants that Central States Pension Fund submitted an application to the federal government for Special Financial Assistance (SFA) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

At the time we submitted our application, we understood it was possible that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) would direct the Fund to withdraw it and resubmit a revised version. As we previously notified participants, it is not unusual for this to occur as most pension funds that submitted an SFA application have found it necessary to withdraw and resubmit.

In response to guidance from the PBGC and to take advantage of favorable provisions of the PBGC’s “Final Rule” concerning SFA, we withdrew our original SFA application and submitted a revised version on August 12.

The revised application applies PBGC-requested changes to certain assumptions. The revisions also apply favorable provisions contained in the PBGC’s final rule concerning the SFA program, which became effective on August 8. 

As a result of these combined changes, the amount of SFA requested by Central States in the revised application is one-half of one percent (0.5%) lower than the amount requested in the original application.

The SFA is expected to allow Central States to remain solvent and continue paying all benefits through at least 2051, and likely longer.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

The PBGC has up to 120 days to review the revised application (by December 10), but it is possible the PBGC will render its decision sooner than that. Based on the PBGC’s extensive review of Central States’ application to date, as well as the average time for the PBGC to approve and deliver payment on prior revised applications, we would expect to receive the approved special financial assistance in one lump sum before the end of 2022.  

After submitting our original SFA application in April, we had anticipated receiving PBGC approval by August and payment by November. As is provided for in their rules, the PBGC will reimburse the Fund with interest payments so that the delay caused by refiling will not have a material impact on the financial health of the Fund.

We will provide updates about important developments with the SFA application via this website, email and on our recorded message hotline at 800-323-7640. Click here to register for email updates.

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Brothers and Sisters of Teamsters Local 200,

Since 1903, the Teamsters have demonstrated the commitment and desire to strengthen our communities when the time of need is apparent. Please understand that our commitment to our Brothers, Sisters and Teamster Families has been, and will always be, a main focus to give what we can and when we can when the need is squarely in front of us. Your donation, no matter the size, does make a difference in someone’s life for a brighter tomorrow. Your thoughts and gifts can be provided to those that need the assistance at:

Disaster Relief Fund

c/o International Brotherhood of Teamsters

25 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C.   20001

Pictured is second generation Local 200 member Jeremy Thomas, his father Davis is a Local 200 retiree who was employed at Waste Management. Jeremy proudly works as a gripper operator for Kemps Dairy in Cedarburg, he and the other Teamsters at Kemps take pride in producing the best milk in Wisconsin and worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure milk was available. Support Kemps Teamsters by purchasing their product from Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Woodmans, and other Teamster related stores throughout Wisconsin.           



 

Pictured from left to right are Local 200 Members Jesse Thao and Terri Thomas. Jesse and Terri work for Bimbo Bakeries at the Oshkosh depot as Loader / Checkers. Support Bimbo Bakery Teamsters by purchasing their product from your grocery store!   


Alex Lasry and the Wisconsin 2022 Primary Election

After the recent announcement by Alex Lasry, Secretary-Treasurer Tom Bennett of Local 200 sat down with Alex to discuss his recent announcement to suspend his campaign for U.S. Senate and the upcoming 2022 Primary Election in Wisconsin. The relationship between Local 200 and the Lasry Family dates back to a day when there was a concept to maintain the Bucks Organization as a vital piece of our Milwaukee history and create a vision for the growth of the economic future of downtown Milwaukee. Our meaningful partnership has brought change, and that change has benefited the families of organized labor and our community.

Alex Lasry just doesn’t offer words about organized labor because he must. He firmly believes in our mission and presence. His connection with the goals of organized labor has a common theme and that is recognized as a strength.  

As Tuesday, August 9, 2022, the Wisconsin Primary comes near, we must continue the coordinated effort to strengthen the position of organized labor in Wisconsin. There are several candidates that have stood strong for working families and have earned the Wisconsin Teamsters Joint Council No. 39 endorsement prior to the upcoming Tuesday Primary, that being Tony Evers for Wisconsin Governor and Josh Kaul for Wisconsin Attorney General. As Tuesday nears, our membership of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 has an important role, and we must be part of the mission to strengthen organized labor across the State of Wisconsin. Your ability to cast a ballot this Tuesday comes with an opportunity to strengthen the plight of the working Union Brother, Sister, and their Families. Your VOTE does matter, with your voice being heard.

Please visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/ for information about the rights you have as a Wisconsin voter and the process of casting a ballot.          

TEAMSTERS EDGE CLOSER TO A
NATIONAL WORK STOPPAGE A COSTCO

More Than 17,000 Costco Teamsters Currently Working Under Expired Contract; Workers Planning Job Actions Across the Country to Send Message to the Company

WASHINGTONAug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Costco Teamsters are one step closer to a nationwide work stoppage following another day of contentious negotiations for a new national contract. The Teamsters are bargaining with the company this week for the first time since members overwhelmingly rejected Costco's "last, best and final" contract offer in June.

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UPS TEAMSTERS KICK OFF CONTRACT FIGHT

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Teamster members at UPS have begun a nationwide call to action today with parking lot rallies, leafletting actions and other activities taking place at UPS centers throughout the country. With the current contract expiring in exactly one year, members are mobilizing now for the strongest possible contract in 2023.

The kick-off of this historic contract fight also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the successful 1997 UPS Teamsters strike, when 185,000 members struck the company.

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Members of General Teamsters Local Union No.200 employed at Ozinga delivering concrete to the Sommers Logistics Center jobsite near Kenosha on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

Phil Wingo Jr., a longtime Local 200 member, stopped by the office to meet with Business Representative Tom Benvenuto. Phil has been a heavy-duty truck mechanic at Waste Management since 2004.

General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 would like to congratulate Richard Judge on his recent retirement from Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. after a 32-year career. Richard has been instrumental in his approach to tackling issues with his ability for problem-solving and straight-talk discussion. His skill set has been very helpful to his Brothers and Sisters during his career at the Warehouse!



 

James Fisher of Waste Management recently delivered a 30-yard box to the Local Union for the use of the Wisconsin Health Fund with the work underway in the lower offices. Pictured with James is Local 200 Business Agent Gary Shearier.   

2022 Union Member Issue Survey

Please take a moment of your time and complete the survey. 

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TEAMSTERS ENDORSE TONY EVERS FOR RE-ELECTION

Governor Stands with Working Families in Wisconsin

Press Contact: Bill Carroll Phone: (414) 688-6239 Email: BCarroll@local344.org

(MILWAUKEE) – Teamsters Joint Council 39 today announced that it is endorsing Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for re-election.

“Tony Evers has proven that he is an unwavering advocate for workers during his tenure and we are proud to stand with him,” said Bill Carroll, Joint Council 39 President. “We look forward to building upon the success we have had over the past three years.”

As governor, Evers pushed a number of initiatives that have benefited working families in the Badger State. These include increased investment for higher education and infrastructure, cutting tax incentives for companies that send jobs out of state, implementing a 15 percent tax cut for the middle class, combatting worker misclassification and vetoing legislation that would have expanded child labor.

“We need a governor who will stand with Wisconsinites,” said Rick Roeth, Joint Council 39 Political Coordinator. “After nominations next month, Evers will have an opponent who will push an agenda in Madison that is written for and by the Kochs and other out-of-state billionaires. We support our governor’s pro-worker agenda.”

Teamsters Joint Council 39 represents over 15,000 workers in transportation, construction, dairy and a wide variety of other industries throughout Wisconsin.

General Teamsters Local 200 congratulates Joe Baldwin (center) on his recent retirement from Roundy's after a 32-year career. Joe has involved himself with charitable organizations that aid others across the globe and his efforts are endless. Thanks for all you do, Joe. Happy Retirement!

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Retirees of the 200 and 344 Retiree Club enjoyed a sunny afternoon during their annual Summer Picnic event in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For many, it was a time to see old friends, share stories about events from years ago, and greet new Retirees to the Club. 

Retirees are crucial to the Teamsters Union and their ability to be a voice for Union Families and Union issues remain a powerful force. Thank you for all you have done and what you continue to do.

GOOD FOOD

GOOD FRIENDS

GREAT WEATHER

TEAMSTER CARHAULERS
RATIFY NATIONAL AGREEMENT 

Contract Addresses Members’ Top Priorities, Establishes National Organizing Model

(WASHINGTON) – Teamster carhaulers ratified a new National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) today, securing the most lucrative carhaul contract in Teamster history. All three regional supplemental agreements were also ratified, successfully addressing members’ top priorities.

Ballots were counted before an independent observer, and the agreement was ratified by a 63 to 37 percent margin. Voter turnout was the highest in years, with more than 50 percent of the membership casting ballots. The NMATA is retroactive to June 1, 2022, and expires Aug. 31, 2025. The agreement covers more than 4,000 members at 29 local unions throughout the U.S.

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2022-2025 NMATA
CONTRACT AND SUPPLEMENTS

National Master Automobile Transports Agreement for the period covering June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2025

Central and Southern Area Supplemental Agreement to the National Automobile Transporters Agreement for the period covering June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2025

Eastern Area Supplemental Agreement for the period covering June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2025

Western Area Supplement for the period covering June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2025

 

PBGC Issues Final Rule on Special Financial Assistance for Financially Troubled Multiemployer Pension Plans


PBGC Issues Final Rule on Special Financial Assistance for Financially Troubled Multiemployer Pension Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today announced a final rule implementing changes to the Special Financial Assistance (SFA) Program for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans. The changes are responsive to public comments received on PBGC’s interim final rule and will better protect the pensions earned by workers and retirees covered by multiemployer plans eligible for assistance.

“Today President Biden’s American Rescue Plan fulfilled the promise of a secure retirement for millions of America’s workers for decades to come,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Chair of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Board of Directors. “Without this Special Financial Assistance, the pension benefits of many hardworking union members and their families, through no fault of their own, were in danger. Today’s final rule will improve the financial wellbeing of multiemployer plans receiving Special Financial Assistance and improve their ability to pay pension benefits through 2051.”

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On June 17, 1974, Bonnie Bohl became an employee of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200. She celebrated her 48th year with the Local on June 17th, 2022. On June 30th, 2022, Bonnie begins her next adventure at 4:28pm........ Retirement!
Bonnie has offered her memory of the first day at the Local, basically straight out of High School, walking to the Office from her parents' home and now into the world of the Teamsters. Our Local Union is in a better place because of Bonnie's long-tenured career. Although we have put down the pencil, replaced that with a typewriter, and now to the use of a keyboard and computer, Bonnie's role is much greater than just a part of an Office Staff for several administrations. She has provided guidance, mentored many along the way, and offered a firm voice when needed.
Bonnie will be missed on the morning of Friday, July 1, 2022 and well beyond. Her role within this organization is absolutely more than just a coworker. She is, and will always be, a friend!
Congratulations Bonnie! 

On Saturday, June 18, 2022, Teamster Brothers gathered at Local 200 for a BBQ Cookout Fundraising Event to support an upcoming TNBC Conference and the Milwaukee TNBC Chapter. To learn more about the Teamsters National Black Caucus and the Milwaukee Chapter, please call 414-771-6363 and your contact information will be forwarded to Erv Martin or Mike LeFlore.



 

Daryl Arndt (center) retired on June 17, 2022 after a 33-year Teamster career. We wish Daryl a joyful retirement as he looks forward to spending his time with his grandkids!

Pictured with Daryl is Union Steward Jerry Haas from USFoods on the left and LU 200 Business Agent Jay Couturier.

 

Teamsters Local 200 Business Representative Tom Benvenuto conducting new member Union Orientation at Ozinga Ready Mix with recent new hires. Seated along with Representative Benvenuto is LU200 retiree Doug Bolander and his role at Ozinga is a Mentor and Trainer at Ozinga Ready Mix.  


 

Recently, Local 200 Union Steward Kerry Haas stopped by the Union Hall to pick up his new Teamster Jacket that was presented to him by President Tim Pinter. Kerry is a Union Steward at Holland for the Road Drivers.


 

SENATORS BALDWIN, SANDERS LEAD LETTER IN SUPPORT OF STRIKING CNH INTERNATIONAL WORKERS IN WISCONSIN AND IOWA 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) led a letter to CNH Industrial’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Wine expressing support for over 1,000 UAW workers currently on strike in Racine, Wisconsin and Burlington, Iowa and demanding the company negotiate a fair contract in good faith.

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TEAMSTERS WARN POTENTIAL WORK STOPPAGES COULD HAVE MAJOR IMPACT ON EAST COAST FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY

US FOODS ACCUSED OF UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES AS EXECUTIVES DEAL WITH GROWING NUMBER OF UNRESOLVED LABOR CONTRACTS

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LU200 Union Steward Steve Spencer of Frantz Company stopped in at the Union Hall with Jonathan Lor. Jonathan is a new hire at Frantz Company and now a member of Teamsters Local Union No.200 as he completed the Member Application during his visit. Welcome to the Teamsters Jonathan!

Benz Oil, a Teamsters Local 200 Employer, currently has openings for Driver Positions. Please call Dave Furest at Benz Oil at 847-274-1496 for additional information details on their Company and the open positions.


 

Teamster Local 200 Brother Rich Vega from GFL stopped for a couple minutes while at the Emerald Park Landfill to speak with Business Agent Tom Benvenuto. The Waste Division Brothers and Sisters of Local 200 serve the communities of southeastern Wisconsin with great pride and a sound commitment towards safety.

Just shy of a 43-year Teamster career, Jim Bartos has decided to retire from Roundy's Supermarket Inc.  

Jim has been a mentor, a leader, and an inspiration to so many that have walked through the doors at Roundy's. On behalf of your Teamster Brothers and Sisters, Local Union 200 Executive Board, Agents, and Staff, congratulations on your well-deserved retirement!

 

Recently, Business Agent Jay Couturier and Union Steward Brian Fulton met to review several matters at the Roundy's Distribution Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Brian is a 22-year Teamster member and a longtime Union Steward of the Freezer Department at the Oconomowoc DC. Local 200 appreciates the commitment that Brian puts forth representing the Brothers and Sisters at the Grocery Warehouse.

On May 28, 1935, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters granted a Local Union Charter to Teamsters Local 200 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As our Local Union celebrates 87 years of existence on Saturday, May 28, 2022, we honor those that formed this Local Charter and recognize those who carry forward that legacy each day. 

The Members are the strength of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200.

In Solidarity,

Executive Board, Agents, and Staff

Local 200 Union Steward Ron Sexton Sr. recently met Business Representatives Gary Shearier and Tom Benvenuto at the Waste Management Lincoln Avenue Transfer Station to review the health care plans and its options offered by Wisconsin Health Fund.

Local 200 appreciates the efforts of our Union Stewards and their commitment to serve the Teamster Brothers, Sisters, and the Families of Local 200.

 

As our communities are hopeful for a return to normalcy, Teamsters Local 200 is working together with our Organized Labor partners to get our Member's and Families together later this year on Labor Day. Local 200 Business Representative Terry Simenson is pictured presenting a donation to Kenosha Area AFL-CIO Council President Richard Gallo for the Kenosha Labor Fest celebration.

Brothers and Sisters,

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.

Thank you,

Jay Couturier

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.


 

 

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).

A full text of the resolution is available here.

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.

 

USF HOLLAND TEAMSTERS SECURE SETTLEMENT


Drivers to Receive Compensation for Missed Work Due to Dispatch Foul-Ups

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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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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

Press Contact: Kara Deniz Phone: (202) 497-6610 Email: kdeniz@teamster.org

(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.

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STANDARD FORWARDING TEAMSTERS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

Press Contact: Ted Gotsch Phone: (703) 899-0869 Email: tgotsch@teamster.org

(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. 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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