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  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • 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!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.


Local 4 was formed in 1915 our first President was Fred Zeitz who served for approximately 10 years.
Our first ‘home’ was located at 204 S. Ashland which had 3 floors. The first floor was occupied by the A.L.A. Stationery and Steam Operating Engineers, the second was occupied by the National Office of the Women’s Trade Unions League, the third was a ballroom that was utilized for local meetings and social functions it seated approximately 200 people. 

Local 4 was ahead of its time by setting up a member’s record system utilizing index cards to record member information and dues payments.  

In 1922 Local 4 quickly formed a Lithographic training program. The Chicago Arts Institute ran successfully until the late 90's when it closed down.

First Chicago Lithographers Association Agreement was signed on March 2, 1942 which represented many of the employers that were affiliated with local. It was also used as a base agreement for any other future agreements.

Local 4 established a blood bank in May 20, 1947.

In October of 1948 the Chicago Arts Health and Welfare fund was established. The first benefits that were offered were hospital and surgical, now the fund offers all medical services and a death benefit for active members.

On May 1, 1950 Local 4 established the Inter-local Pension Fund, which is a member contribution pension fund.

The first Fishing contest was held in 1952 in commemoration of the “Romar Fishing Club” that was established in 1882. This fishing club consisted of 18 journeymen lithographers that met every Sunday in a small shack on the west bank of the Hudson River to conceal their true objective of forming a union. These men knew their jobs would be in danger if their employer learned that they were forming a union, but they also knew that they could never expect to have any control over working conditions unless they forge a common bond.

In 1955 Chicago Local 4 was the Union’s first to win a 35 hour work week.

On April 15, 1956 Local 4 moved to 311 S. Ashland Blvd, Chicago Illinois and remained at this location until August of 2000.

In 1966 Local 4, 5 merged to form Local 245.

Local 245 was one of the locals in June 1966 to establish the union’s early retirement program negotiating the employer paid premiums.

Local 245 sponsored its first golf outing in 1970.

On Labor Day 1972 the LPIU and IBB merged into the Graphic Arts International Union; which is now know as the Graphic Communications Conference.

In 1974 Local 245 sponsored its first preretirement seminar. These seminars are still being conducted to best educate our members of their benefits package when they retire.

After the mergers between Local 245, 3M (consisted of Locals P3, A4, 3C, 30B, 318B) Local 458-3M was formed but due to copyright infringement the local is known as Local 458M.

Due to the changing economic climate Local 458M and Local 32M joined to form District Council 4 in October 2006. As of today Local 219M, and Local 568M has joined the DC 4.   

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