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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