The goal of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee is to strengthen positive representation for Teamster women throughout the union. The committee is encouraged to organize Teamster initiatives and coordinate Teamster activities, including regular support of charitable organizations and training opportunities for rank-and-file members.
Participating committee members are part of an organization established to unite Teamster women to address their concerns and issues in the workplace; to promote women’s involvement across all levels of the Teamsters Union; to foster better relationships and communication between members; and to build solidarity within the union.Paused
The 2016 Teamsters Women’s Conference kicked off Thursday in Hollywood, California, where more than 1,300 Teamsters have gathered in the spirit of sisterhood and solidarity. The annual three-day conference provides an opportunity for education and empowerment for Teamsters from throughout North America.
Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President, commended the conference participants on their enthusiasm and commitment, and called on them to lead the way in strengthening the union.
Equal Pay was the defining theme of the general sessions.
On Friday, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall and Local 2010 Secretary-Treasurer Jason Rabinowitz led hundreds of Teamster women on a march through Hollywood in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters seeking a fair contract.
Teamsters Local 2010 represents 14,000 critical support staff who work at University of California campuses statewide. More than 80 percent of the Teamsters are women, and about 63 percent are people of color. The UC system has for decades been driving down frontline workers’ pay, while giving raises to its senior executives.
The UC system has for decades been driving down frontline workers’ pay, while giving raises to its senior executives.
The Teamsters Women’s Conference continued on its second day Friday with an address from Teamsters General-Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall. Hall reported on the union’s strong financial outlook, which enables it to fight for the rights of workers, and he discussed the importance of voting in the U.S. presidential election.
“It’s past time that we have a woman who is president of the United States of America,” Hall said to loud applause.
The 2016 Teamsters Women’s Conference wrapped up its final day in Hollywood, Calif., on Saturday with an address from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti called the Teamster women “stars,” referencing the location of the conference and the theme of the conference, “Lights, Camera…Teamster Women in Action.”
Teamsters are also getting involved in communities through the International Teamsters Women’s Caucus. Betty Rose Fischer, principal officer of Local 538 in Pennsylvania, announced the results of the annual school supply drive. In addition to supplies, the caucus collected $2,266 and counting from Teamsters to benefit the Samuel Gompers Middle School in Los Angeles.
Over $15,000 and counting was collected during the conference to support brothers with the Electrical Trades Union in Australia who are on strike at SAB Miller, which will become part of InBev, following the upcoming merger.
The 2017 Teamsters Women’s Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas.
We are asking for donations of adult and children’s coats.
Please bring your donations to the JC 25 Women’s Committee Health Fair on November 12, 2016 at Teamsters Local 743.
The JC 25 Women’s Committee will be holding their annual Health Fair the theme is ‘Mind, Body & Soul’. This event will be set up Conference style to allow Teamster Members to experience this type of set up. We will have an exhibit area as well as some breakout sessions that will address a variety of important topics.
We are taking advantage at this event to collect new or gently used coats that will be donated to Clara’s House in Chicago. Clara’s House Shelter is an organization that provides services to homeless and neglected women. We will be collecting coats from 10:00 a.m. thru 2:00 p.m.
Any member who brings a new or gently used coat will receive an extra door prize raffle ticket!
The JC 25 Women’s Committee Executive Board would like to thank our members who attended our 3rd Quarter Membership Meeting on August 27, 2016.
We had approximately 35 members who came out too Local 731 to address our committee’s future.
Our members where given a survey to offer the committee feedback on what the members would like for us to do in the future.
The following are the questions that were asked and the most popular answer:
- What Group activities would you pay to participate in? Bulls
- What topics would you like to see covered at the quarterly general membership meetings? Health
- What is the most effective way for the Women’s Committee to get information to you? Email
- What charities or causes would you like to see the Women’s Committee Support? American Cancer Society
- What was your favorite part of today’s meeting? Ice Breaker & Round Table
- What topic would you like to see covered at the Health Fair in November? Nutrition & Exercise
We are so grateful to all our members who came out and gave us great suggestions for the future.
One suggestion was to do a coat drive to assist families in need during the winter months. We discussed this suggestion at our last Executive Board Meeting and we are happy to announce that we will be doing a coat drive at the Health Fair!
Anyone who brings in a gently used or new coat will receive an additional door prize raffle ticket.
The donated coats will be taken to Clara’s House in Chicago.
The Joint Council 25 Women's Committee has been dedicated to support the American Cancer Society from the start of our committee. 'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer' has been one of their events that the JC 25 Women’s Committee is proud to be involved by promoting, donating, and hitting the pavement.
If you can't walk at any of the following events but wish to support this great cause! Don't worry please click on the attached flyer that details the process to make a monetory donation.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the Illinois state Fairgrounds in SpringfieldSaturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at Hodges Park in Park RidgeSaturday, October 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at Soldier Field in ChicagoSaturday, October 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at St. LouisWe look forward to seeing you at the above events and let’s not forget to get those donations in for a great cause! For more information on other walks please visit www.cancer.org
Download: Cancer Walk Flyer.pdf