Proud Teamsters Local 731 Member Mike Angus was featured by the Chicago Sun-Times

Teamsters Local 731 Member Mike Angus was recently featured in an article by the Chicago Sun-Times (Screenshot: chicago.suntimes.com)

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.

Angus begins his collection route though Chicago’s Southwest Side and surrounding suburbs (Photo courtesy: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times)

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.

Click here to read the full article and here to watch the 2-minute video profile.

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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2019 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

The administrating firm for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund, ISTS,
has opened up the application system for the 2019 academic and
vocational/training scholarships. The application system is completely on-line and can be reached through the Fund’s website: www.jrhmsf.org

The Fund will be awarding academic scholarships to high school seniors who are planning to attend a four-year college or university and who are the sons, daughters or financial dependents of Teamster members. The academic awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.

The Fund is also accepting applications for Training and Vocational Program scholarships. These range from $500 to $2,000 and will be awarded to the sons, daughters or financial dependents of Teamster members who plan to attend an accredited training or vocational non-baccalaureate program at a community college or other training institution. Programs must be related to a Teamster-represented industry, class or craft. (Exact application procedures are outlined in the application on our website, www.jrhmsf.org )
ISTS will soon be sending out posters to advertise the scholarship program to every Teamster local union. The poster can also be found on the website. The deadline for all applications is March 31, 2019. If you have additional questions, please see the Fund website at www.jrhmsf.org and view the Frequently Asked Questions section.

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