The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is closely monitoring the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Working with other unions, public health officials and other experts in our Safety and Health Department, the Teamsters Union is focused on providing our affiliate locals, 1.4 million members, and staff with the most up-to-date information and resources to help everyone in this difficult time.
Many Teamster members across multiple industries are seeing the effects of the widespread transmission of the disease caused by the virus, known as COVID-19. These workers are at increased risk if they frequently interact with potentially infected or infected individuals.
On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Dean Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It’s important to note that many companies file Chapter 11 in an effort to reorganize their debt and capital structure to facilitate a sale to a strategic/industry buyer or to a financial buyer with the goal to continue operating its core lines of business – and one of those options appears to be the case here.
The Teamsters Dairy Conference will continue to update Local Unions and our nearly 5,000 Teamster members working at Dean Foods on key developments in the bankruptcy case. We will post relevant newsletters, articles and key dates in this space.
Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!
At the November 2019 Executive Board Meeting, the Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee board unanimously voted to elect Tracy Reed-Bowers President, Lesley Tuton Secretary Treasurer, and Lisa Beecher Recording Secretary for the 2020-2022 term.
Some words from our newly elected officers,
Tracy Reed-Bowers, President-elect/ Local 743 Representative
Iam truly honored to have been elected President of The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee. Having held the positions of Recording Secretary, Secretary Treasurer and now President, I am a prime example as to how this committee promote and cultivates leadership opportunities for Teamster women. I know that I have big shoes to fill and I promise that I will give it my all. My personal goal is to increase our volunteer efforts, as well as our political involvement and continue to help empower Teamsters Women within our organization.”
” I'm excited to embark on my new role in the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee! I enjoy all of the positive opportunities that the committee provides for Teamster women and women alike.”
Lisa Beecher, Recording Secretary-elect/ Local 142 Representative
“I love being part of a Committee that does good for the working class, Teamsters, and specifically women. Many of the members of the Executive Board and the Committee have become dear friends. I look forward to working with Tracy and Lesley to continue the mission of the Committee. One of my favorite sayings is, “Life is What You Make of it.” I strive to be grateful for the opportunities I have been given and help those that are less fortunate.”
Congratulations to all of our newly elected officers! We're so excited to see how the Committee grows under your leadership!