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.
On December 10th, 2019 Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 honored the names of those Officers, Staff, Members and Important Individuals who have passed away in the preceding year. These are individuals who dedicated their lives to the cause of helping the Teamsters and all working people. Teamsters Joint Council Executive Director Mike DiGrazia and Drummer Michael Folker, Member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local Union No. 10-208, called the roll one last time for our dear friends.
- William D. Hancock, Beloved Father of Terrence J. Hancock and Loyal International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 Member for 68 Years
- Anthony “Tony” Judge, Former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 706 and Former President of Teamsters Joint Council 25
- Roger Allen, Business Agent of Teamsters Local 142
- Gerald William Hall, Jr., Beloved Father of Terry Gleason and Father-In-Law of Keith E. Gleason of Teamsters Local 627
- Eric Smith, Local 700 Member of the City of Chicago’s Aviation Department at O’Hare Airport (Smith was hit and killed by a drunk driver December 6th 2019)
- Mark Sredzinski, Former Joint Council 25 Organizer and Local 710 Member
- Albert Peterson, Former Trustee and Local 722 Member
- Rozella Garrett, Former President of Teamsters Local 743 Retiree Club
Teamsters Joint Council 25 thanks these men and women for their years of service and sacrifice.
Waste Management truck driver and proud Teamsters Local 731 member Mike Angus was featured by the Chicago Sun-Times in an article published on November 10th as part of the paper’s “Hardest-Working Voices in Labor” series.
The Lockport-native worked in the business world for years before joining IBT Local 731 and Waste Management, a job Angus has come to love. Angus highlighted the demands and importance of his job, and also the benefits of belonging to a strong union like Teamster Local 731.
“We have great representation through the union. I can’t say enough about those individuals. The benefits we have that they’ve negotiated for throughout the years,” Angus said.
Sun-Times reporter Ryan Smith caught up with Angus on his waste collection route through Chicago’s Southwest Side and surrounding suburbs earlier this month.
“We’re removing the garbage in a safe manner and preventing environmental hazards to communities and more pests like raccoons and rats… I don’t want to live in a world where we don’t exist,” Angus told the Sun-Times.
There’s a lot of similarities between Santa Claus and Teamsters Local 731 Member Jason Haynes. They’re both big, jolly, bearded men who drive vehicles with a lot of horsepower (or reindeer-power) for a living. And they both devoted a lot of their time this year to making sure every boy and girl had a toy on Christmas.
Haynes delivered fourteen boxes full of toys, Teamsters Local 731 members filled up at least six more boxes and donated an additional $3,500 to Chicagoland Toys for Tots at their December 19th general membership meeting. Chicagoland Toys for Tots Vice President Tom Dertz said the Teamsters are one of the groups largest individual donors to their group.
“The Teamsters have been a big supporter of us for many years, they go 110% for us,” Dertz said. “They’ve got big hearts, they’re very giving and anytime we’ve reached out for them for something they’ve come through for us.”
Haynes works delivering steel for Earle M. Jorgensen Co. (EMJ) in Schaumburg, where he also serves as a Union Steward. He enlisted the help of Teamsters Local 731 Trustee and Business Agent Michael Corrigan and his fellow Teamsters at Local 731 to help him out.
“Last year we asked Mike if we could help raise more toys by getting some extra boxes, he okayed it. And then this year we decide to go bigger and we got a hold of Mike and Terry Hancock and said ‘Hey can I get at least 14 boxes,’ and they said absolutely. So we went around and put them in the 14 different stores throughout McHenry county,” Haynes said.
His delivery route sometimes covers 400 miles a day. He’s got a lot of time to think while he’s on the road, and this time of year, Haynes is usually thinking about who he can enlist to help him in his Toys for Tots mission.
“I think about raising gifts all the time, what I can do to help the community, what else I can do to be a better person. And I think by reaching out to contacts to help the less fortunate,” Haynes said.
Trinity Athletics Center, a baseball academy and student development program in Lake of the Hills, donated almost three boxes full of toys to Toys for Tots. Coach Bill Walsh tries to teach his players about being men and giving back both on, and off the field.
“Trinity Athletic Center is unique in the fact that we are trying to mold young man to be able to get out into the workforce as well as sports. We have a learning center that we developed here that has SAT prep for the high school kids and we have our older kids to tutor the younger kids here,” Walsh said. “We’re always looking for new things to do, get them involved. You never know what passion these kids are going to have, so if we can get one kid out of the hundred that we have here that will get into charitable contributions and those things then it’s a good thing.”
Fellow EMJ Driver Perry Harris was Haynes’ right-hand-man collecting toys this season. He is passionate about putting smiles on kids’ faces.
“When I go to customers that I have, and I pick up the toys from them, first I thank the customer for letting me put a box there. And then to see how many toys are actually in the box to give to even more kids, that we can hand out. It’s unbelievable. It’s an awesome feeling,” Harris said.
Looking at the boxes assembled in front of the Teamsters local 731 Executive Board at their meeting, it’s no surprise many contained toy trucks.
“When a kid gets a truck it’s even better. It’s just a better feeling. It’s like all right, so now they’re in our industry,” Harris said.
The main focus for Toys for Tots and the Teamsters is putting smiles on the faces of children this holiday season.
“I think with the Teamsters are doing is a great thing. You have the reach and the amount of people to do a lot of good,” Walsh said.
“Some of these guys come from modest backgrounds, and they know what it is to struggle, so they give us what they can give us. They’re making a lot of kids happy this year,” Dertz said.
“There were other boxes that were filled, by the garbage guys in a local, everybody in our local that came that night, and it was just amazing,” Haynes said. “That’s what the Teamsters represent, the brotherhood the sisterhood that’s in it and to see them come together with stuff like that it’s just it’s awesome.”
After seeing the generosity of the large donation, a motion was made to donate an extra $3,500 Toys for Tots, which was unanimously approved by the membership.
Several other Teamster Locals that are affiliates with Teamsters Joint Council 25 made large donations to Toys for Tots as well.
Dertz said any family or organization in need this holiday season, or any other time of year, is encouraged to send a letter to Toys for Tots Chicagoland. You can read more information about the organization and their annual Holiday Motorcycle Parade here.
Applications for this year’s William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship are now available on our website (www.chicagolabor.org/scholarship). The CFL will award 10 college scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, to 10 high school seniors. Please share this information with your members!
- The applicant must be a senior in high school and graduating in the spring of 2020.
- Either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must be a member in good standing of a CFL-affiliated union. To confirm a union’s affiliation status, please call 312.222.1000.
- The applicant must choose to enter either the Random Drawing or Academic Competition for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship. Students are not eligible to enter both categories.
- APPLICANTS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER BOTH CATEGORIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
All applicants must return the completed application to:
William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Committee
Chicago Federation of Labor
180 N. Stetson Ave., Suite 2050
Chicago, IL 60601
Mailed applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020; hand-delivered applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
For the Academic Competition application information, click HERE.
For the Random Drawing application information, click HERE.
All 2020 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship winners will be notified by mid-April.
The new law legalizing recreational marijuana within the State of Illinois went into effect on January 1, 2020. However, marijuana utilization and possession is still illegal in most workplaces. It is still both dangerous and illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Though it will soon be legal, off-the-clock use of recreational marijuana can have major consequences.
Illinois already has a law on the books that makes drivers with THC blood concentration of five nomograms or more per milliliter guilty of driving under the influence, regardless of whether the driver is impaired. The new law creates a DUI Task Force led by Illinois State Police to examine best practices in regard to roadside testing.
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana. Nothing in State Law prevents the arrest or prosecution of an individual for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Anyone who refuses a properly requested test related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana can face criminal charges.
The effects of a “high” can wear off after a few hours, but THC can stay in the body’s system for much longer and turn up positive in blood, urine and saliva drug tests for up to weeks after initial consumption.
According to studies conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana “significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination and reaction time, and studies have found a direct relationship between blood THC concentration and impaired driving ability.” Furthermore, analysis of data has shown that the risk of being involved in a crash significantly increases after marijuana use.
“Though Illinois has legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults, most employers have strict Policies when it comes to drug testing. Just like alcohol, marijuana utilization impairs cognitive abilities and should never be consumed before or during work hours. Safety in the workplace is paramount, and we as Teamsters have a responsibility to our members, co-workers, and the general public to create and maintain a safe environment,” said Terrence J. Hancock, Teamsters Joint Council 25 President.
All public employees that are susceptible to random drug testing – or any type of drug testing (i.e. post-accident) should understand that the employer still has the right to terminate employment if a drug test comes back positive. The legal recreational marijuana law does not supersede Federal Law.
Legal recreational marijuana does not mean that it’s legal in the workplace or public places. You can be discharged from your job for your off-the-clock use of marijuana. Pursuant to Federal Law, the utilization of marijuana is illegal and the employer has the right to prohibit it.