Teamsters Local Union No. 26 Upcoming Training for 2022

All Training classes will be held at the Bloomington Teamsters Union Hall located at:

407 E. Lafayette Street Bloomington, IL 61701

April 2nd 2022

Flagger Training

9 am

20 spots available.

April 3rd 2022

Traffic Control Technician


20 spots available.

April 23rd 2022

CPR First Aid Training

9 am

20 spots available.

April 24th 2022

Fork lift and load securement training

9 am

20 spots available.

Your Central States Pension is in Crisis…TAKE ACTION NOW!

It’s Crunch Time …!!   We need your help to get all members and retirees to call their Senators.   The new COVID stimulus bill which includes relief for multiemployer pension plans has now reached the Senate where the bill is open to debate and various motions.  If passed by the Senate, Central States and other multiemployer plans will receive funding to avoid benefit reductions to participants.      We expect some Senate Republicans to try to offer amendments or try and remove pension relief from the COVID stimulus bill.  It is critically important that our members, unions, and employers call their Senator and tell them that multiemployer pension relief is desperately needed and to vote against any motion that eliminates this important relief for essential workers.      Passing the COVID stimulus bill by the Senate would solve the pension crisis facing millions of essential workers and retirees across the country.     But … this won’t happen without one final push  ….  
Our Calls Make a Difference !!   Take 5 minutes … your call is needed now.   Please call the numbers below and tell your Senator to protect the pension benefits of essential workers and retirees throughout our country:   Senate Hotline:     833-738-0064   Call the Hotline, Enter your Zip Code, and You’ll be Patched through to your Senator’s Office.  
What To Say When You Call:   Tell them to support the COVID-19 stimulus bill that has pension relief included in the legislation for essential workers.If you are a retiree, tell them where you worked and for how long, where you live, how you survive on your pension.If you are an active worker, tell them about the essential work you do to keep the economy moving during this pandemic.Tell them how they vote will influence how you and your family vote in future elections.If you served your country, thank you. Remind them that you are a veteran.  

Teamsters Joint Council 25 2021 Women’s Committee Scholarship

The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee brings together representatives from each Joint Council 25 affiliate to strengthen communication and leadership opportunities for women throughout our union. The Women’s Committee has made a strong commitment to the continued education of Teamster women, and our scholarship program is a direct result of that commitment.

IBT Notice of Nominations For Delegates & Alternate Delegates To The 2021 IBT Convention

A Nomination Meeting for delegates and an alternate delegate to the 2021 IBT International Convention was held on January 16th, 2021 at 12:00.

Nominated for Delegates were:
Patrick A Gleason
Timothy E Donovan

Nominated for Alternate was:
David S Marxmiller

Since the number of individuals nominated for delegate and alternate delegate do not exceed the number to be elected, such nominees have been declared elected and the delegate election scheduled for March 16, 2021, is cancelled.

Women’s Conference is continuing to provide timely, topic-specific webinars that we hope are helpful to you during this unusual and stressful time.

Dear Teamster Sisters and Brothers,

The Teamsters Women’s Conference is continuing to provide timely, topic-specific webinars that we hope are helpful to you during this unusual and stressful time. While they do not take the place of our in-person conference, it’s an opportunity to hear from Teamster Sisters as well as experts in fields that affect us.
Below are links to the webinars we have provided to date, including our latest one on Black Lives Matter. They have been pre-recorded for you to watch or listen to at your leisure. The Women’s Conference will continue to produce webinars, so keep and eye out for future topics and feel free to share with others.

In solidarity,

Nina Bugbee, Director
Teamsters Women’s Conference

Topic: Black Lives Matter: A Discussion with Teamster Women (38 min)
When: On Demand
Moderator: Robin Cooper, Local 502
Panel: Jeanette Barnes, IBT, Vickie Beavers, Local 728, Catherine Cobb, Local 2010, Bernadette Kelly, Local 210
This webinar is a discussion with Teamster women on what the Black Lives Movement is, how we can support our Teamster Sisters and Brothers and how the labor movement can work to end racism and inequality.
Meeting Recording:–r7VpLHJ3g1hDxB6Q9M9v8T6a8gCVK_fUNnWyjPym6s1H7p2EaQPwl4nc

And, in case you missed our previous webinars:

Topic: COVID-19 Essential Worker Health and Safety Awareness Webinar (75 min)
When: On Demand
Presenter: Enjoli DeGrasse, Deputy Director, IBT Safety and Health Department
This webinar is designed to inform workers, who are required to work during the pandemic shutdown, how to protect themselves and co-workers from exposure to the coronavirus. These materials were developed through worker training grants funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Meeting Recording:

Topic: Then and Now: Teamsters Respond to Crisis (30 min)
When: On Demand
Presenter: Karin Jones, Manager, Teamsters History Project, IBT Training &
Development Dept.
Teamster Historian, Karin Jones takes a look back at the service Teamsters have provided to their communities and to the country during times of hardship.
Meeting Recording:

Topic: Managing Stress During Coronavirus (40 min)
When: On Demand
Presenter: Gretchen Grindle, LPC
Some of you may be experiencing higher levels of stress due to concern over illness for yourselves and your families, work, home schooling, just to name a few. Therefore, we have invited Gretchen Grindle, who has run a number of workshops for us at the women’s conference, to present some specific ways to manage ongoing stress.
Meeting Recording:

IDOT Snowbird Ratification Vote Tally

Dear Brother and Sisters,

The VOTES from all the Downstate Local Unions representing IDOT (Snowbirds) working under the Downstate Agreement have been reported. The following is the total:

YES – 199
NO – 76

The Tentative Agreement has been ratified by the Membership!!
Great job by all!!!


Keith E. Gleason, Chairman
Teamsters Downstate Illinois State Employee
Negotiating Committee

Greg Wheet, Co-Chair
Teamsters Downstate Illinois State Employee
Negotiating Committee