Local 916 Mission Statement
Adding stability to the economy of the community by safeguarding the livelihoods of Local 916’s union members through collective bargaining and protecting each member’s right to fair wages, good working conditions and dignity and respect in the workplace.
History of Local 916
Learning about the struggles and victories of the past will help members and nonmembers alike appreciate the contributions Teamsters made not only to labor history but to American history.
For over a hundred years the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have been a major contributor to establishing a working middle class, better pay, benefits and retirement plans for employees across the nation. Since the origin of our local we have continued that history of success. Our local has origins in two different downstate locals, 532 and 916. Teamsters Local 532 of Springfield was chartered in 1925. In 1943 Teamsters local 916 was chartered in Collinsville. Later these two locals merged to form what is now known as Local 916 based in Springfield, Illinois.
Local 916’s history is rich and colorful, full of victories and some disappointing moments. The current state of our local today - a new hall finished in 2009, experienced and knowledgeable business agents, and a supportive, strong membership - is a direct result and dedication to our past.
Click the decades at the top of this page to learn more about Local 916’s history.
February 16, 1943
Teamsters Local 916 was originally chartered in Collinsville, IL by seven men with a vision - John Laquet, Pete Poletti, Clay Overstreet, Earl Henderson, Elmer Railley, William Brown and Lester Kueker. Meetings were held at the American Legion Hall, 116 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL.
The Local was named "General Teamsters, Warehousemen, Helpers, Milk Haulers & Dairy Workers".
First Executive Board (1943 - 1944)
- John Laquet, President
- William Koch, Vice President
- Raymond Knipp, Recording Secretary
- Clay Overstreet, Secretary/Treasurer
- Joe Murphy, William Braun and Albert Kusterman were the 3 Trustees.
November 20, 1956
A revised charter is issued after the merger of Local 532 in Springfield and Local 916 in Collinsville. Local 532 was chartered in 1925 and operational until the merger with Local 916. At the time of the merger, the president of Local 532 was George Strebel, Vice President was Jim Harris, and Secretary/Treasurer was Joe Mitchell.
A special meeting was held to vote to merge the local unions. A standing vote was taken at the Centennial Building in downtown Springfield, IL. The standing count was 500 in favor of the merger and 9 opposed.
Springfield office is located at 619 North Grand Avenue. Membership is approximately 2,000.
During this time, a great number of companies in central Illinois were unorganized - construction enterprises such as ready mixes, the soft drink and dairy plants, automotive companies, and large companies such as Atlas Mattress, Pegwill Packing, and Springfield Dressed Beef.
June 26, 1958
Local 916 establishs an Executive Board pay of $10.00 per meeting plus mileage.
Local 916 began sending memorial bibles to deceased members instead of flowers.
Jacksonville branch office closes.
June 3, 1964
Another revised charter is issued on June 3, 1964, to change the name of the Local to, "Drivers, Clerks, Office, Warehousemen and Allied Employees".
May of 1966
The Local purchases land and an existing building at 2701 No. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield for $75,000. The new location allowed for additional space for the rapidly growing Local.
The Hall was dedicated on September 11th, 1966. The grand opening was October 8, 1966. The bronze dedication plaque, with the names of the Executive Board and Building Committee is still on the building today.
Another bronze plaque hangs next to it, re-dedicating the building to the memory of the great Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa.
The Local purchased land and an existing building at 2701 No. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield in 1966.
The Hall was dedicated on September 11th, 1966. The grand opening was October 8, 1966.
An agreement with segments of the construction industry adds Central States Pension membership as a benefit. Any construction driver working at the time of the organizing receives all past service credit in construction.
The Carnation plant (now called Nestle Beverege) is built in Jacksonville and by 1971 its employees are organized by Local 916.
Wage freezes are implemented across the country in the construction and trucking industries. To help fight inflation, a National Pay Board is established to hold percent increases to 5.5% on base pay.
- New sign is purchased for The Hall.
- Local 916 is assigned an organizer.
- Local 916 negotiates an $87 per month salary increase for members covered by the highway maintenance agreement.
- President Long retires and Jerry Banning is appointed to fill vacancy.
- Long is given Emeritus status.
- Bunn-O-Matic is organized.
- First collective bargaining agreement signed with the State of Illinois and affiliated Local Unions. The illinois Conference of Teamsters is the certified representative, but jurisdictional disputes still arise with ISEA over the IDOT highway workers.
- Jerry Banning is elected president. His elected board includes Al Stevens, Vice President; Byron Fitch, Secretary Treasurer; John Gregorich, Recording Secretary; Dan Roderick, Trustee; Ed Six, Trustee; and Charlie Hubbs, Trustee. Banning serves as president through four terms until 1986, re-elected on a White Ballot each time.
- Article 17 on initiation and re-initiation fees amended.
- Less than $3 per hour $25.00
- $3 - $4.50 per hour $50.00
- $4.50 - $6 per hour $100
- Over $6 per hour $150
- Owner operators $200
- Local 916 discontinues hall rental and donating the hall to groups due to many conflicts with meeting schedules.
- ISEA jurisdictional dispute over the IDOT highway workers.
- Dawsons strike, trouble with the carpenters working behind picket line.
- Special donation fund is created for Dawsons families.
- In August, Illinois Conference is certified as representative.
- In September, Local 916 approves building improvements, the front south side is bricked. Capranica Construction does the work.
- I-72 opens.
- In October, dues increase to 2 times the hourly rate, and bylaws are updated.
- NCR (National Cash Register) is the method of receipting union dues & ledger cards. The bookkeeping system is still hand written ledgers.
- TITAN is introduced to Teamsters, the letters stand for Teamsters Information Terminal & Accounting Network.
- ETMF, East Texas Motor Freight, opens a 2-man terminal which is the predecessor to ABF, Arkansas Best Freight, that will open a large terminal in Springfield in 1985.
- Bunn-O-Matic plant is lost by a move to Iowa.
- $64,000.00 is spent on strikes at Dawsons and George Mueller.
- Organizing drive is started at Capitol Records in Jacksonville.
- Right to work law is pushed throughout the nation, all members are urged to contact their congressmen.
- MEO's at IL Dept. of Public Aid vote to have Local 916 represent them.
- Local 916 organizes Capitol City Warehouse and FW Means.
- Dairy industry loses strength. Dairy members drop from 400 to 78 (2001)
- Recording Secretary John Gregorich dies. Glynn Crossin appointed to fill John’s term.
- Atlas Mattress goes on strike.
- Deregulation of trucking industry begins.
- Matthews Transfer and Commerical Lovelace close.
- Organizing state workers begins in earnest. An April 24 election is scheduled with 3 unions on ballot for state workers - AFSCME, ISEA and Teamsters.
- Teamsters lose 4/24/79 election in the Chicago area.
- 10 new members from city of Springfield’s department of public health.
- 12 new members from Cass County in Arenzville.
- National slow down in economy impacts Local 916.
- Organizing campaign for IDOT mechanics and RW Harmon Bus.
- Strike at Altas Mattress is terminated.
- Membership stands at 2607.
- Resolution on moving District 6 from Springfield to Jacksonville.
- Freight industry membership dropping.
- Organizing campaign for Wiley Office and Capitol Waste. Local 916 will lose by tie vote in Wiley Office election.
- Local 916 withdraws from Capitol Waste and RW Harmon organizing efforts.
- Construction begins on non-union mine in Elkhart.
- Teamsters Local 21 in Adams County will merge with Local 688. The jurisdiction of construction in Adams County is assigned to Teamsters 916.
- Local membership is made up of 21% state, county, and city employees.
- The other 79% is beer, bread, soda, freight, warehouse, supply houses, plumbing and heating, automotive, moving storage.
- 916 boycotts Shell Oil because of the non-union mine in Elkhart, which is a a subsidary of Shell.
- Attempt is made to organize at Blue Cross Blue Shield.
- Freight industry slows down and lay offs occur across Illinois.
- Membership slips from 3000 to 2400 members.
- Commercial Lovelace Freight closes.
- Goff Linen Services brings in 5 new members.
- Election scheduled for 27 maintenance people at White Oaks Mall.
- Local 916 learns that the federal government will be bringing in Cuban workers from Arkansas to work at the Lincoln state school.
- Negotiations are difficult because of the economy.
- Organizing in soft drink industry and election for Pepsi plant in Quincy ends in defeat - 40 to 15.
- Local 916 institutes a self-funded death benefit of $1000.00. Prior to that members had been paying a per capita fee for death benefits; this was considered a great savings.
- McBrides Express has a 23-week strike.
- Orscheln Bros. truck line shuts down.
- Don Robinson is hired as an organizer to work on organizing specifically in the state, county and city employees.
- Organizing begins for the ambulance companies and Sangamon County correctional officers.
- August 17 - Local 715, a state professional employees local with approximately 500 members, merges with Local 916, due to Local 715’s financial insolvency.
- December 12 - After the merger of Local 715 into Local 916, the name was changed to "General Teamsters Professional Technical Employees", which remains today.
- The construction industry picks up with the building of a super structure bridge in the Quincy area.
- Local 916 loses the RW Harmon bus election to the laborers.
- ABF begins the construction of a new 100-door break bulk terminal in Springfield.
- Mcbrides Express goes out of business.
- Orscheln Brothers Trucking goes out of business.
- Barker Lubin lumber yard and ready mix goes up for sale.
- Certified Equipment is out on strike over wages.
- Wage cuts are occurring nationwide and contracts become harder to negotiate.
- Transcon Freight files for a change of operation.
- Organizer Don Robinson is laid off, Joint Council 65 assigns Gary Sullivan to local 916 to help organize in public sector.
- New prisons are constructed in Jacksonville and Lincoln, boosting area construction jobs.
- Pepsi-Cola shuts down the bottling plant and moves it to Quincy.
- Fair Share under collective bargaining becomes law.
- Byron "Babe" Fitch retires, Gary Sullivan is appointed to fill his term.
- 14 of the 24 members on strike against Certified Equipment remain on the picket line, marking 10 months of being on a picket line daily without a pay check and receiving government surplus food.
- Organizing begins at the State Treasurer's office, CWLP lake guards and State of IL pilots.
- Amendment of bylaws.
- January - ABF announces that its new terminal is due to open with at least 200 road drivers by the end of the year. The addition of 200 drivers as members is a much needed shot in the arm for Local 916.
- March - Local 916 loses Brinks drivers (15) due to a ruling by the government that armored car drivers cannot affiliate with existing unions and must form their own.
- Coca-Cola plant is sold.
- March - Third reading of amendment to freeze construction dues at $27.50 is passed.
- April - Strike benefits are cut off for Certified Equipment strikers. Strike began in January of 1984. The company is sold and the strike ends.
- AFSCME unsuccessfully attempts an election run off for Local 916 Pro Techs. Election filed for 14 security guards at CWLP. The election is won. Vendor for ABF Freight, Dean Large, is organized with eight (8) new members.
- Local 916 becomes certified at Logan County Highway Department.
- September - Local 916 and Joint Council 65 endorse Jim Thompson for re-election as Governor.
- November - Local 916 begins an organizing campaign for Adams County Highway Department.
- December - Initiation fee for Coca Cola plant part time employees is waived.
- Jenkinson grocer closes, Local 916 loses seven (7) members.
- New ruling on federal jobs sets "time and a half" pay after 40 hours in a week instead of after 8 hours in a day.
- May - Election for representation of State Treasurer's Office employees is between Local 916 and IFT.
- Wholesale beer negotiations in Illinois prove difficult. Peoria takes a $2 cut, and Decatur takes a 3-year wage freeze.
- July - Al Stevens retires and Albert Boyd is appointed to fill the unexpired term of Vice President.
- September - Mike Stout is hire to work on increasing Pro Tech membership.
- September - Jerry Banning announces that he will retire on October 11, 1986.
- Menard County highway department is organized.
- Coke puts an hourly rate in effect for drivers.
- The officers elected after Banning retires take office in January. They are: Gary Sullivan, President; Al Boyd, Vice President; Glynn Crossin, Secretary Treasurer; Keith Points, Recording Secretary; Trustees: Charlie Hubbs, Ed Six, and Earl Koch.
- February - Local 916 forms DRIVE chapter with drawings of $100 every month.
- Don Weeks is hired as a Business Agent.
- Champaign Sanitary District is organized.
- First annual Pro-Tech seminar is established.
- Employees of Adams County are organized.
- City Street decertifies and joins AFSCME after 20 years with Local 916.
- September - Local 916 Credit Union is chartered.
- Construction industry picks up steam, benefiting Local 916 employees at Freesons and Valley Cullinan.
- Earl Schieb is organized. Superior Ambulance is organized.
- Local 916 receives voluntary recognition by the State of Illinois Treasurer's Office.
- Local 916 begins organizing the Illinois Comptroller's Office and the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
- Logan County Sheriff's Department is organized.
- First annual Steward's workshop is held.
- August - The Local discontinues paying Steward's dues.
- IBT president is William McCarthy.
- Power shovel operators are added to IDOT maintenance contract.
- Local 916 wins the election to represent Sangamon State University police.
- February - Ed Six retires and Mike Stout is appointed to fill unexpired term.
- October - All Local 916 incumbent officers are re-elected.
- "Lloyd Heidbreder Case" regarding central states pensions is successfully argued in Chicago. Victory benefits freight drivers who retired and could now seek re-employment with the State of Illinois and still draw their pensions.
- February - Al Boyd retires and Keith Points is appointed to fill his term, with Mike Stout filling Keith's unexpired term as Recording Secretary. Nate Houston is appointed to fill Mike's term as Trustee. Organization of Illinois Attorney General's Office is finalized.
- May - Local 916 remodels headquarters in Springfield, adding additional office space, new HVAC, and a podium/stage for the banquet hall. The building is re-dedicated to Jimmy Hoffa in September, commemorating the occasion with a bronze plaque on the front of the building.
- Construction industry slows again, resulting in the slowing of the economy and union organizing.
- Local 916 approves a bylaws change that changes the month of nominations and elections.
- First Local 916 newsletter is published.
- Local 916 closes its Credit Union.
- July - A Retiree's Club chapter is formed and Albert Boyd, Sr. is named president.
- September - Nominations for office are held.
- October - All Local 916 incumbents retain their offices in the election.
- December - James P. Hoffa swears in new officers at the Local 916 Christmas party.
- President Gary Sullivan and staff attend the Inaugural Event in Washington D.C. with IBT officials for President Bill Clinton's Inauguration.
- Local 916 first sponsors legislation to place highway maintainers under the state's Alternative Pension Formula. It would not be until the year 2001 before Local 916's maintainers would see this become a reality under the administration of Tony Barr.
- Yellow Freight and Preston Trucking terminals leave Springfield.
- October - Preparations begin for the National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA). Negotiations result in a 3-week strike, costing IBT $30 million dollars. Local 916 has approximately 800 members effected by the strike.
- The IBT is in turmoil with a nationwide freight strike pending.
- July - Local 916 is placed in Trusteeship, along with a record number of IBT locals. The trusteeship would last for two (2) years, bitterly dividing the membership of the Local.
- Ron Carey administration of the IBT ends, and Willie Schrader is elected as Local 916 President. His term is cut short when Carey re-takes the IBT. Schrader is replaced by Leo Carroll who brings back stability to the local.
- Change of Operations is heard for ABF terminal 119, Springfield, Illinois. At the time of the change, ABF had grown to a 180 open door break bulk. The change would result in the loss of all but approximately 120 Road Drivers. The city/dock operations were shut down, leaving the 180 open door break bulk terminal empty. At its peak, there were nearly 800 city, road, and casual workers at the domicile.
- June 29, 1996 - Election for Officers is conducted by mail referendum. Two opposing political slates run for election. The result is a split board with members from each ticket being elected.
President - Willie Schrader
Vice President - Elmer Gueldener
Secretary Treasurer - Doug Swanson
Recorder Secretary - Diane Hendricks
Trustee - Tony Barr
Trustee - Tom Clatfelter
Trustee - Lou Menendez
- The new officers were sworn in by IBT Trustee, Jim Powell, with the formal swearing in done by President of Joint Council 65 at the August membership meeting. The officers’ official terms begin July 8, 1996 and Local 916 is officially released from Trusteeship. A new policy/procedures manual is put into place.
- James R. Hoffa picture is returned to its original place in The Hall.
- July 1996 - Bill Smith is hired as the freight agent and in September John Geyston is hired as an agent to represent various paper contracts.
- July 1996 - Jerry D. Banning passes away quietly at his home.
- Even though 916 is operating under an elected executive board, the International under the Ron Carey administration still appoints a personal representative, Chuck Gauwitz, to oversee the executive board meetings. In October of 1996, a second IBT personal representative of Ron Carey's, Joe Kumstar, is added to Local 916.
- During the early months following the release of trusteeship, administration is difficult, particularly when trying to obtain a balance between opposing political views.
- March 1997 - Leo Carroll is added to the Local 916 staff of business agents.
- June 1997 - Local 916 loses the 44 members of the Champaign/Urbana Sanitary District and the 15 members of Long Elevator. The Nestle Beverage Plant in Jacksonville goes out on a three-week strike during contract negotiations over a dispute over economic issues including pension and wages.
- July/August 1997 - Local 916 black tops The Hall's parking lot. The lot had been a rock/gravel lot since the building was purchased in 1966. The resurfacing greatly improved the look and functionality of The Hall.
- Willie Schrader receives a suspension imposed by IBT and the Ron Carey administration that will make him ineligible for the next election under the 24 month consecutive rule.
- The IBT has its own problems as the Carey administration scrambles following the James Hoffa IBT election win, although Hoffa remains uncertified by the Government. The Carey administration removes Chuck Gauwitz and Joe Kumstar as personal representatives and appoints Terry Lovan as the personal representative to Local 916.
- October 1997 - Willie Schrader returns and hires Bob Ward, long time Teamster from the IDOT Highway Department as a business agent.
- January 1998 - Willie Schrader is permanently removed as principal officer of Local 916 by the Carey administration.
- February 1998 - The executive board appoints Leo Carroll to fill the vacancy of principal officer until the end of the term in December 1998.
- Once Leo Carroll is appointed, a balance and neutrality occurs. The board is no longer split, but equal. Carroll is able to defuse the inner conflict among board members.
- April 1998 - Local 916 has its 5 year audit of the books by IBT. The audit finds that Local 916 is operating in the black and doing well. AFSCME attempts to claim the work of our members at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The dispute over the restructuring of work involves 34 Local 916 members and an election is set for June 3. The outcome is a settlement agreement with AFSCME and the Teamsters retain the members at DNR.
- June 1998 - Local 916 begins holding "Quincy West" meetings for the members in the Quincy and surrounding areas. Tenneco organizing campaign begins. A petition is filed for representation of 27 workers at District 186 SCOPE school board. Tenneco is lost, but SCOPE is won at the elections.
- August 1998 - Bennett Krause is hired and Local 916 places a memorial plaque in honor of former president Jerry D. Banning to hang in the front office with the inscription "To whom much is given, much is expected."
- The Federal Government finally certifies the IBT ‘96 election and James P. Hoffa prepares to take office as General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
- September 1998 - The Local prepares for the nomination of officers, with the three-year term to begin January 1, 1999.
- October 10, 1998 - Tony Barr’s slate is elected by white ballot. This marks the first white ballot since the election of Jerry D. Banning.
President - Tony Barr
Vice President - Lou Menendez
Secretary Treasurer - Steve Lindsey
Recording Secretary - Mike Worthey
Trustee - Tom Clatfelter
Trustee - Jim Franklin
Trustee - Dave Shafer
- November 1998 - Local 916 is finally released from having an IBT personal representative.
- January 1, 1999 - Tony Barr begins his term of office.
- After 33 years, a new sign is put at the front of The Hall with the Local 916 logo. The building also receives a new roof and front awnings, and "The Hall Report", a quarterly newsletter for members, is born.
- May 1999 - The front enclosure is built to guard against weather and is made wheel chair accessible.
- June 1999 - A large organizing campaign begins for 327 members employed by DOT Foods. An intensive campaign is launched and goes through September with the Local allotting significant resources, but in the end, the effort fails.
- August 1999 Local 916 holds its first "Annual Membership Appreciation Day" in August.
- Local 916 begins an intense effort to restore the political connections it used to have with the Illinois General Assembly. A campaign to help bring about the "Alternative Pension" is launched.
- November 1999 Local 916 helps bring back the Legislative Reception with the involvement of the IBT, and Joint Councils 25 & 65. This reception is for State of Illinois lawmakers with influence over policymaking that impacts labor. The turnout is so impressive, that the reception is declared an annual event.
- Local 916 membership at this point has reversed its steady decline. The Local is now comprised of 75% public sector and 25% other crafts. At the end of 1979, those figures were 79% other crafts, and 21% public sector.
- The Illinois Attorney General's Child Support Enforcement Unit is organized bringing 36 members to Local 916.
- Local 916 begins a "Scholarship Fund", for the children, step-children, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren of active members.
- Esther Sparks hired as the Office Manager after 20 years as a legal secretary.
- Drivers from American Linen approach Local 916 about organizing. The election is successful and brings 6 new drivers into the Laundry Division.
- David Rush is hired as a business agent to cover the industries of construction, freight, beer and soft drink. Rush had previously been working for ABF Freight and USF Holland for over 15 years.
- The 2nd Annual Membership Appreciation Day is held.
- The first Professional Technical Conference is held in Elgin, Illinois.
- A large rally is held at the Illinois Statehouse in support of the Alternative Pension Formula legislation. The bill will finally be signed into law on August 6, 2001, by Governor George Ryan.
- Tom Clatfelter hired as Chief Organizer for the local. He was a Union Steward at E & F Distributing for over 30 years prior to joining the staff.
- Larry Larson brought in as the Warehouse Business Agent. For several years prior Larry was the Union Steward at Bunn.
- Trucking companies Yellow and Roadway join forces under a $966 million dollar merger.
- Donley Trucking in Springfield organized bringing an additional 25 members to our local.
- Leo Carroll appointed to National Team of Negotiators for National Master Freight contract.
- Teamster Bill Wozniak was shot and killed working in the Statehouse as a Secretary of State Security Guard. Bill had been a Teamster for over 18 years. Afterward, the Illinois Legislature proposes but ultimately fails to pass any bills to boost security and equipment for Security Guards.
- Teri Hanner hired as Secretary/Titan Operator.
- Interstate Bakery Corporation merged Hostess, Dolly Madison, Butternut and Wonderbread companies.
- National food distributer Sysco Corp buys out Robert's Food Service.
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters disaffiliates with the AFL-CIO and forms the “Change To Win” coalition with six other unions. This new coalition is called the Magnificent 7.
- Executive Board purchases 4.5 acres of undeveloped highly visible property next to I-55 to construct a new hall. Local 916 has been located at 2701 N Dirksen since its purchse of land back in 1966.
- The Teamsters begin a national campaign to organize UPS Freight (formerly known as Overnight Transportation).
- Bunn Capitol Sold to Sysco Corporation.
- The City of Springfield, Downtown Meter Attendants approach Local 916 about becoming Teamsters. The election is successful bringing on additional city workers to the local. North Greene School District Bus Drivers file and successfully become Teamsters.
- Interstate Bakery Corporation consisting of Hostess, Dolly Madison, Butternut and Wonder bread sign a national master agreement with the Teamsters.
- Dave Robinson brought on as an Organizer and Business Agent in the Construction industry.
- The Teamsters successfully organized Crazy Horse Concrete Truck Drivers. Crazy Horse was a non-union company for over forty years.
- The first collective bargaining agreement is reached between Crazy Horse Concrete and Teamsters Local 916.
- Sale of 2701 N. Dirksen is completed. Local 916 temporarily moves office into Teamsters Joint Council 65's building.
- Over 11,200 UPS and Freight Workers at 50 UPS terminals have become Teamsters. On August 12th a National Master Agreement is ratified.
- Then Governor Rod Blagojevich announces his move of 150 IDOT's Traffic Safety Division from Springfield to Harrisburg. Shortly thereafter, the Teamsters file a lawsuit against the move.
- Members of IDOT's Technical Manager V, Engineering Technician V, Civil Engineer V are organized and become members of Local 916 Professional / Technical group.
- MJ Kellner's new $9.3 million state-of-the-art facility in the Interstate 72 Business Park opens. The new address is 5700 International Parkway Drive, Springfield.
- Construction begins on new hall at 3361 Cotter Drive, which will change to "Teamster Way". The new hall will feature over 9,000 square feet of office space with two conference rooms, a file room, kitchen, and offices for the staff and business agents.
- JP Fyans hired as Legal Counsel for Local 916.
- New Governor Pat Quinn announces that he has canceled ex-Governor Blagojevich move of IDOT Traffic Safety Division to Harrisburg.
- Construction is complete on the new 1.7 million dollar hall as the staff and business agents move into the new hall located at 3361 Teamster Way.
- Illinois proposes a reformation of the State's public pension system.
- Sysco Central Illinois negotiated a new 4-year contract for 76 employees.
- Illinois Secretary of State Office of the Treasurer Contracts with Local 916 Expire June 30. Negotiations begin May 1.
- The State of Illinois decided to boot HMO providers Health Alliance, Humana, and Personal Care,in favor of Blue Cross Blue Shield. It is being challenged.
- Freight Agreement Saves 70 Local Jobs. Teamsters ok to restructuring keeps YRCW from going under.
- 16 Teamsters were fired in 2004 for what they claimed were political reasons. They sued and won in February, and on March 7, settled for damages out of court. The workers will share a monetary award, plus pension benefits and, for the nine plaintiffs who will be rehired
- Elected last September on a "white ballot" (no opposition), the Executive board began its fifth consecutive term in office in January and will serve through December 2013
- A huge turnout to our "We Are One" rally at the Illinois State Capital to stop Illinois lawmakers attacks on collective bargaining and pensions
- On January 11th, 2012, Hostess Brands Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again in the Southern District of New York.
- November of 2012 - Hostess Brands, Inc. closes
- December 28, 2012 - E & F Distributing closes it's doors
- Pepsi-Cola moves into new facility
- Trevor Clatfelter joins Local 916 as the Director of Governmental Affairs
- S.I.U. Security Guards Organized
- Local Union 916's Executive Board is re-elected and honored by the third straight "White Ballot" for term January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2016
- Curran Gardner Organized
- In June of 2013, we lost Sue Fickas to a motorcycle accident. Sue was a loyal and valued employee and a great friend who will be deeply missed
- September 16, 2013 - Teamsters Local 916 D.R.I.V.E. Golf Outing Resurrected
- September 30, 2013 - Lisa Howard joins Local 916 as Administrative Assistant / Health & Welfare and Pension Specialist
- February 2014 - Office Manager and Bookkeeper, Esther Sparks, retires after 14 years of dedicated service
- February 2014 - Judy Graeser joins Local 916, taking Esther's place as Bookkeeper
- Plaque designed in memory of Sue Fickas to be displayed in lobby
- Local 916's New Website Launched
- Teamsters Local 916 joins Facebook