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Joe LaRocco of Flood Brothers Takes Pride in Being an Essential Worker

Joe LaRocco knows he puts himself at risk of catching COVID-19 every day when he goes to work as a driver for Flood Brothers Disposal collecting and disposing of garbage and waste all over Chicagoland. Joe’s a proud member of Teamsters Local 731 and committed to his job because he knows the pandemic could be a lot worse if waste collection workers like him weren’t there. He’s also proud of the way Flood Brothers and Local 731 have stepped up and worked together to keep him and hs coworkers safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 is recognizing the hard work of Members who have been deemed essential workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Watch more videos in the series here:

“Thank a Teamster” Billboards Pop-up Across Chicagoland Expressways

Teamster Local 731 is showing its appreciation to all of the hard-working Teamsters who are performing essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic by putting up billboards across Chicago-area expressways thanking them for continuing to work on the front lines.

“From the waste collection workers keeping our communities clean, to the supply chain workers keeping our stores stocked, and every Teamster in between, we want to show our gratitude to you,” said Teamsters Local 731 President Terrence J. Hancock.

Chicago’s morning traffic is a lot lighter due to so many people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the traffic on Chicago-area expressways is made up essential workers, and a lot of those essential workers are Teamsters working in the fields of food processing, public service, transportation, construction, waste collection, freight, and more.

“Our Teamster Men and Women are the ones still on the roads keeping America running and they have not missed a beat. I am so proud of their work. I hope they see these billboards and know we are continuing to fight for them every day to make sure they’re protected and compensated for the essential work they’re doing right now,” Hancock said.

Teamster billboard locations:

I-290 at Northlake facing North
I-294 at Northlake facing North
Rt. 83 at Butterfield Rd. facing North and South
Rt. 53 at Euclid Ave. facing North and South
I-290 at Manheim Rd. facing West.


Illinois Teamsters Working Behind the Scenes and on the Front Lines During COVID-19 Pandemic

(CHICAGO) Amidst the Shelter-in-Place Order for the State of Illinois due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of the more than 100,000 hardworking rank-and-file members of Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 and our twenty-five affiliated Local Unions are continuing to work in order to provide essential goods and services to the citizens of Illinois and the nation during this most difficult time.
Our hard working Union members are continuing to build and maintain Illinois’s critical infrastructure and keeping necessary supply chains moving throughout the State during the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois is a critical hub between America’s East and West coasts and Teamsters play a crucial role in the national supply chain, ensuring Americans get the essential food, medicine and supplies they need during this national crisis. In addition, Teamsters play a larger role in Illinois’ day-to-day operations across nearly every industry and are actively battling the COVID-19 pandemic in numerous ways. Teamsters are employed as medical professionals, healthcare support staff, law enforcement, first responders, waste industry workers, freight and food supply chain workers, and engineers, just to name a few.
“Our rank-and-file membership is not only the backbone of the Illinois Economy day-in and day-out, but we are also on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Teamsters Council 25 President, Terrence J. Hancock. “Our members are the ambulance drivers, pharmacists, nurses, technicians, and other vital employees caring for COVID-19 patients as cases continue to rise within our home State. These heroic workers need our support and deserve our gratitude now more than ever.”


Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 represents over 100,000 members in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million members in North America.


Message From the Joint Council President

Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to take a moment to mention and formally recognize the hardworking Teamsters that are keeping this City, State, and our Country running at this time of National uncertainty. Our members are the backbone of the American economy. Collectively we keep advancing the country’s day to day agenda…for which we are all very grateful!

Some of you are working 12-hour shifts keeping our grocery stores stocked. Some of you are delivering packages containing critical medicine and related supplies. Some of you are on staff at local hospitals that are caring for COVID-19 patients. We will continue to do everything in this Union’s power to make sure our Teamster Brothers and Sisters are protected and respected while providing essential services and much needed security. We owe our undying gratitude to you, and thank you for continuing to keep America running amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some of you, however, have been instructed to stay home. Some of you have been reluctantly laid-off. Some of you are worried about your family and loved ones and how they’ll make it through, without proper protective gear and/or a weekly paycheck. We will continue to do everything in this Union’s power to assist our Teamster Brothers and Sisters who continue to struggle through this turbulent period. We will continue to fight on your behalf, urging employers to expand paid leave for those affected by COVID-19, protecting workers from being overworked and undercompensated as some industries ramp-up production and services, pushing for legislation that provides relief to industries negatively affected by COVID-19, and keeping you informed about the latest health and safety alerts from government agencies.

All Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 Affiliates and their dedicated staffs including Teamsters Local 731, continue to work diligently on your behalf and well-being, and are committed to taking care of our hard working rank-and-file membership.

This is and shall continue to be job one!

In solidarity,

Terrence J. Hancock

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Gov. Pritzker Expands Unemployment Benefits Amid COVID-19 Emergency

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The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) caused Governor J.B. Pritzker to issue emergency rules expanding unemployment benefits for the State of Illinois.

As part of the expansion, an individual temporarily laid-off because their workplace closed due to COVID-19 could qualify for benefits from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The IDES website also provides guidance on eligibility for unemployment benefits if you are unable to work because you are confined to your home to self quarantine, care for children who are home from school, or care for a family member who has contracted COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, and to apply for unemployment benefits, please visit the IDES website HERE.

Below are some more helpful links for information about COVID-19:

The Illinois Department of Public Health Daily Updates

The Chicago Federation of Labor COVID-19 Resources Page

The Chicago Department of Health Daily Updates

General President James P. Hoffa called Chicagoland Teamsters "the heart of this Union"

General President Hoffa visits Chicago, swears in JC 25 Executive Boards

General President James P. Hoffa called Chicagoland Teamsters "the heart of this Union"
General President James P. Hoffa called Chicagoland Teamsters “the heart of this Union”

International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa delivered an invigorating speech to Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 Delegates Tuesday before swearing in all newly elected Executive Board Members of Joint Council No. 25 and fourteen Local Affiliates. The General President encouraged those being sworn in to pause and reflect on the solemn oath they were about to take, and how they can strive every day to serve their rank-and-file membership better.

“We make a solemn pledge every three years about what we intend to do for this union,” General President Hoffa said. “Some parts in there say, ‘It’s the members who I will serve. It’s the members who put me here.’ I like that. Because that is what it’s all about. We did not get here by ourselves. The members put us here. And is the members we shall serve.”

Joint Council 25 President Terrence J. Hancock, Secretary-Treasurer Thomas W. Stiede, Vice President Brian Meidel, Recording Secretary James T. Glimco, and Trustees Keith E. Gleason, Dominic Romanazzi, and Debra Simmons-Peterson took their oaths to faithfully and dutifully serve all of the Affiliated Local Unions and their Teamster Brothers and Sisters. Teamsters Joint Council President Terrence J. Hancock said he was ecstatic when he learned General President Hoffa planned to attend the Delegates Meeting to swear in the Executive Officers of Joint Council No. 25.

“It meant so much to me, and the rest of our Executive Board, that the General President was there to administer our oaths of office. The tireless work and outstanding achievements of General President Hoffa has made the International Brotherhood of Teamsters what it is today: the strongest and most united labor organization in North America,” President Hancock said.

General President Hoffa referred to Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 as “the heart of our Union” and spoke about Joint Council No. 25’s recent organizing successes and contract wins.

“This is the heart of our union. Here in Chicago, Joint Council 25. This is really where it’s at, and it’s about all of us having a plan, every Local unit having a plan,” General President Hoffa said. “We are organizing like never before. We organized thousands of people last year. 2019 was a historic year for our Union. We’re organizing from coast to coast. You know that, you’re doing it here.”

Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 President Terrence J. Hancock addresses delegates before introducing General President Hoffa
Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 President Terrence J. Hancock addresses delegates before introducing General President Hoffa

General President Hoffa rallied the Delegates to be filled with a spirit of determination and innovation when it comes to getting more members involved with Union activities. General President Hoffa called on every Joint Council 25 Affiliate Officer to strive for improved membership outreach.

“We need to involve the members more, so they see a connection between their leadership and their lives,” General President Hoffa said.

Executive Board Members were also sworn in from Teamsters Local No. 50, Local No. 301, Local No. 325, Local No. 627, Local No. 673, Local No. 700, Local No. 722, Local No. 727, Local No. 731, Local No. 734, Local No. 743, Local No. 777, Local No. 781, and Local No. 916.

General President Hoffa posed for pictures with the newly sworn-in Officers, and personally signed individual copies of the oath for each of the 93 Officers sworn in Tuesday. General President Hoffa parted with a sincere message for each of the Delegates in attendance, he asked them all to “strive for success and solidarity.”

“You’ve got to have that constant fire in your belly,” General President Hoffa said. “You’ve been elected to serve, it’s an obligation, all of us have. And I know that everyone in this room will go out and do that job. We have a lot of work to do. I look out here and I see a lot of great Teamsters. Let’s get together, let’s have a plan and let’s make sure we work to keep this Union great.”

General President Hoffa administered the Oath of Office to the executive boards of Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 and fourteen Local affiliates
General President Hoffa administered the Oath of Office to the executive boards of Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 and fourteen Local affiliates

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee welcomes Terry Hancock as Grand Marshal

Terrence J. Hancock joined the Teamsters in 1979 as a rank-and-file semi-dump tractor/trailer chauffeur. In 1989, he was appointed as a Business Representative of Teamsters Local 731, rising to Secretary-Treasurer by 1997. Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa appointed Mr. Hancock as an International Representative to the Construction Division in Washington, D.C. in 1999. The rank-and-file membership of IBT Local 731 elected Hancock as President in 2005. The following year, General President Hoffa appointed him as Central Region Coordinator of the International’s Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. Hancock has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Board of Directors of the Italian American Labor Council. In 2007, he was elected as a Trustee of Joint Council 25. In 2008, he was elected as Recording Secretary before becoming Vice President. The IBT Joint Council 25 Executive Board named Hancock the 10th President of Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 on July 17, 2017, and was confirmed September 12, 2017. He has currently attained more than 39 years of service as a member of Local 731. Terry also serves on the Easterseals Board of Directors and the Special Olympic Board of Directors but his most cherished accomplishment is President of the “In Search of a Cure” Charitable Organization in honor of his beloved autistic son Bryan Dennis Hancock.

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