The Teamsters Union is North America's strongest and most diverse labor union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same.
The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector.
Our 1.4 million members are public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; sanitation workers in New York; brewers in St. Louis; newspaper workers in Seattle; construction workers in Las Vegas; zoo keepers in Pennsylvania; healthcare workers in Rhode Island; bakery workers in Maine; airline pilots, secretaries and police officers. Name the occupation and chances are we represent those workers somewhere.
There are nearly 1,900 Teamster affiliates throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with the following breakdown:
|Teamsters Locals - United States||440|
|Teamsters Locals - Canada||35|
|Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
(BLET) Local Divisions
|Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division
(BMWED) Local Lodges
|Graphics Communications Conference (GCC) Locals||150|
Teamsters stand ready to organize workers who want to bargain collectively. Once a contract is negotiated and signed, the Union works to enforce it—holding management’s feet to the fire and invoking contract grievance procedures if management chooses not to. Wages and benefits under Teamster contracts are markedly better than those of non-union employees in similar jobs. Teamster contracts are the guarantors of decent wages, fair promotion, health coverage, job security, paid time-off and retirement income.
The Teamsters Union also performs vital tasks in such areas as pension management, safety & health, community outreach, governmental affairs and communications. For more than a century, the Teamsters have been a public voice for the rights and aspirations of working men and women and a key player in securing them.
Teamsters Local #662
850 State Hwy 153, Suite D, Mosinee, WI 54455
Phone: (715) 693-4536 Fax: (715) 693-4526
John Kaiser, President, Business Representative
Bryan Rademacher, Business Representative
EAU CLAIRE OFFICE
PO Box 86,, Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone: (715) 835-6106 Fax: (715) 835-6107
Rick Skutak, Secretary-Treasurer
GREEN BAY OFFICE
1546 Main Street, Green Bay, WI 54302
Phone: (920) 435-8895 Fax: (920) 435-1522
Tom Strickland, Business Representative
Teamsters Local #200 ~ Fond Du Lac
6200 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213
Phone: (414) 771-6363 | Toll free: (800) 272-3934 | Fax: (414) 771-5850
Thomas Bennett, President
History of the Teamsters
Main Teamsters Website: http://teamster.org
For more than a century, the Teamsters Union has helped millions of workers achieve the American Dream. Our success is a testament to those who came before us, who stood together to form a union and a labor movement. These workers fought for the rights and privileges that today most Americans take for granted. Without the solidarity of unions, there would be no weekends, no pensions and no health insurance.
The best way to celebrate Teamster History is to highlight the actions and events that improved working and living standards for American families and communities.
Learning about the struggles and victories of the past will help union leaders, members and nonmembers alike appreciate the contributions Teamsters made not only to labor history but to American history. Review the real story of the Teamsters in the 20th century.
To get the visual concept of what makes the Teamsters Union so great, check out the Teamster history visual timeline.
The founding members of the union foresaw the growth and promise of the Teamsters as a model for workers everywhere. And they developed a philosophy that is as true and vital today as it was in 1903:
"Let each member do his duty as he sees fit. Let each put his shoulder to the wheel and work together to bring about better results. Let no member sow seeds of discord within our ranks, and let our enemies see that the Teamsters of this country are determined to get their just rewards and to make their organization as it should be -- one of the largest and strongest trade unions in the country now and beyond."
The stories, photos, audio recordings and videos that follow are not half-forgotten mementos of past glory days. They memorialize the marches, strikes, tears and victories of the past, but they also form a foundation of tradition, strength and pride upon which we build our future.