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      For over 70 years, Local 743 has played a pivotal role in the IBT organization.

      Once called the "progressive union," Local 743 has been at the forefront of the battle for workers' rights and civil rights in Chicago and Illinois.

      Local 743 is home to 10,000 hardworking men and women serving health care, mail order, technical and warehouse employees. Local 743 believes that workers are the union. We are committed to putting members first and empowering men and women with the tools to help enrich their lives and their families.

      Teamsters Local 743 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, which represents more than 125,000 hardworking men and women throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana.

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      Please click to read the latest Local 743 Bulletin Announcement. English & Spanish versions available.
      Teamsters Local 743 Car Caravan & Rally to protest the closing of Mercy Hospital & service cuts at Provident Hospital On September 10, 2020, Teamsters Local 743 organized a Car Caravan Parade and Rally in support of Mercy and Provident Hospital workers who are being affected by the recent closure and restructuring announcements for both institutions.
      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.
      October General Membership meeting will be held via ZOOM Video Conferencing.
      Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situation Summary and Resources www.teamsters.org/covid-19 This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. This fact sheet will be updated as needed. See links at the bottom of this page for the most up-to-date information.
      Download: coronavirus_flier.pdf
      Debra McCaa is a Patient Case Specialist for the University of Chicago Medical Center, and also a Steward for Teamsters Local 743. She believes the Teamsters union empowers workers, creates a sense of pride & unity among members, and fights to make sure they're treated fairly.
      Please see the attached letter from Local 743 President Debra Simmons-Peterson on the death of George Floyd and local and national protests.

      On Tuesday, November 13, 2019, the Teamster Joint Council 25 Executive Board was elected to a new three-year term at the Novembers Joint Council’s delegates meeting.

      The Hancock-Steide Unity Slate, under the leadership of President Terrence J. Hancock, ran without opposition and won re-election in front of an enthusiastic crowd of delegates.

      Local 743 President Debra Simmons-Peterson made history by becoming the first African American Woman to be elected to Joint Council’s Executive Board.  "It is an honor and a privilege to represent so many hardworking Teamsters in the City of Chicago, and throughout the State of Illinois and northwest Indiana," President Simmons said. I vow to have the same commitment to providing excellent service to our local union affiliates as I have to our Local 743 members.”  

      Ms. Debra Simmons-Peterson joined Teamsters Local Union No. 743 in 1975 while working in the Transportation Department of Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. In 2003, Ms. Simmons-Peterson resigned from her position in the Transportation Department to pursue her own entrepreneurial endeavors. She enthusiastically returned to IBT Local 743 in 2008, serving as a Union Representative. In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the Vice President of IBT Local 743 and subsequently elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer in 2011. Debra was elected to her current position as President of Local 743 in 2013, making her the first African American female to be elected to this position. Debra has also served as the President of Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 Women’s Committee and on the Teamsters Volunteers in Politics (T.V.I.P.) Committee.

      Teamsters Joint Council 25 is America’s premier labor union for Illinois and Northwest Indiana, representing more than 100,000 men and women with 25 local union affiliates

      Teamsters Local 743 President Debra Simmons-Peterson makes history as Joint Council 25 first African American Woman appointed to the Executive Board

      In a notice sent to all Teamsters Joint Council 25 affiliates, Joint Council 25 President Terrence Hancock announced the formal appointment of Local 743 president Debra Simmons-Peterson as trustee to the Joint Council 25’s Executive Board effective July 1, 2019.

      Joint Council 25 President Terrence Hancock personally congratulated and welcomed local 743 President Simmons to the seven-member board and expressed how much he looks forward to working with her.  “I am pleased to announce the formal appointment of Debra Simmons-Peterson to a position of Trustee to the Joint Council No. 25 Executive Board. I, along with the entire Executive Board and staff, look forward to working together and move our joint agenda forward to fulfill our continued commitment to provide unwavering service to our Local Union Affiliates and members.” Said Joint Council 25 President Terrence Hancock.

      As president Simmons- Peterson takes on her new role as trustee she will become the boards first African American female board member in it’s over 100-year history.

      Mrs.  Simmons-Peterson has garnered many “firsts”.  In 2013 Mrs. Simmons-Peterson became the first African American female to be elected as President of Teamsters Local 743. In January of 2016, Simmons-Peterson was appointed as the first African American female to serve on the Teamsters Volunteer in Politics (T.V.I.P) Committee which convenes monthly to review and provide financial support to political candidates for state and local office who support the interests or organized labor.

      .  “I am both honored and excited, but I also understand the weight of the commitment and responsibility to our local affiliates and members. “says Local 743 President Debra Simmons-Peterson, The history of Joint Council 25 is a powerful legacy of empowerment, equality and justice for over 100 years and I am eager to work with the fellow board members as we work together to fulfill our commitment to provide great service to the members of Joint Council 25. 

      TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 25's Executive Board is comprised of elected officials from Joint Council 25's local affiliates. representing more than 100,000 men and women with 25 local union affiliates.

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