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Communications Department

The Communications Department works closely with International Union departments, divisions, and affiliates to spread information on union programs and goals to members, their families, retirees, allied organizations, public officials, the news media, and the general public. The department also promotes Teamsters concerns and campaigns to the news media, and responds to media inquiries.

To communicate with Teamsters members, the department produces the Teamster magazine, which keeps 1.4 million members and retirees, informed about Teamster programs, their rights on the job, and ways that they can get involved.

The Communications Department works closely with other International Union departments — including Government Affairs, Safety and Health, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Education, Organizing, and the Trade Divisions and Trade Conferences — to prepare print and audio-visual materials, and to help coordinate campaigns for Teamster members.

Bret Caldwell, Director
Phone (202) 624-6911
Fax (202) 624-6918

Office of Corporate Affairs

The Office of Corporate Affairs works with pension and benefit funds on investment management and corporate governance concerns. Staff analyzes corporate conduct that impacts employee, community, shareholder, consumer, and governmental regulatory concerns. This office also organizes corporate reform initiatives.

Carin Zelenko, Director
Phone (202) 624-8100
Fax (202) 624-6833

Education Department

The Education Department develops programs and materials to train Teamster officers, staff, stewards, and members on topics of concern for the Union. The department works to encourage member involvement in securing better contracts, organizing new members, winning better laws, and strengthening local unions.
 
The Education Department sponsors the Teamsters Leadership Academy, which provides training on all subjects vital to local leaders, bargaining, organizing, political action, and all aspects of union administration. The department also conducts educational programs for joint councils and local unions on the role of the steward, effective bargaining and building membership participation. The department works closely with International Trade Divisions and Trade Conferences to enhance their meetings/conferences. All programs and materials are continually updated to meet the needs of Teamster locals throughout North America.
 
The department serves as advisor to the Teamsters Human Rights Commission to develop programs and materials relevant to human rights issues. The department also provides staffing to support special projects like contract campaigns, and works closely with other IBT departments to better serve the needs of Teamster officers and their members.

Mary G. Hardiman, Director
Phone (202) 624-8117
Fax (202) 624-6851

Government Affairs Department

As Teamster solidarity can bring about better working conditions on the job, Teamsters and their families can also work together to shape national and state government policies that affect us all. The Government Affairs Department coordinates that activity — lobbying in Congress, testifying before congressional committees and federal agencies, coordinating with the White House and executive branch departments, working with joint councils and locals to create powerful advocacy programs at the local level, activating union members to meet or communicate with elected officials, backing up efforts by Teamsters to protect their interests in state capitols, and building political power.
 
Teamsters political action takes several forms: keeping union members informed on issues that affect their lives and the way their members of Congress vote and respond; working to elect friends and defeat those who oppose us by training and placing Teamsters in political campaigns; and by trying to insure that every Teamster family is registered to vote and participates on election day.
Finally, the Teamsters’ political action committee, DRIVE (Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education), raises money through voluntary contributions from Teamster members and uses those funds to help elect candidates who are sensitive to the needs of working people and their families. DRIVE is a part of the Government Affairs Department.

Mike Mathis, Director
Phone (202) 624-8741
Fax (202) 624-8973

Human Rights Commission

The Teamsters Human Rights Commission takes pride in the strength that is drawn from the diversity within the Union’s ranks. Further, it recognizes that different physical and cultural qualities such as "race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities or national origin" make individuals unique and deserving of respect. The Commission has been structured as a partnership in diversity to build better lives for all Teamsters. Therefore, the General President has appointed State and Provincial Coordinators to develop educational programs tailored to individual needs. The mission statement of the Human Rights Commission is "Diversity Works!"
Several other programs fall under the umbrella of the Human Rights Commission:
  • Disaster Relief Fund — A 501- (c) 3 IRS charitable fund developed in 1991 to assist Teamster members who have suffered a loss from a disaster long after the media has forgotten. The fund receives donations from Local Unions and their affiliates and is currently developing a fund-raising plan to support the need. Through this fund, we can make a difference. Donations can be made by check payable to "Disaster Relief Fund" and mailed to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Avenue, N.W, Washington, D.C. 20001.
  • Community Services — Developed to assist Teamster locals across the United States and Canada with community service needs. A Community Services truck is currently housed at Local Union No. 135 and travels the country, as do many of the Local Union vehicles, when called upon for assistance. Teamsters are known as "People Helping People" whether through organizing assistance, strike line support, charitable support or labor education.
  • The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund - Established to assist the children of Teamster members with their college education. Scholarship benefits have changed several times over the years, but have assisted thousands of children through grants received from the IBT General Fund. In November of 1999 the General Executive Board established the creation of the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund. As a 501 (c) 3 IRS non-profit, the fund raises money for future scholarships. Applications for scholarships can be obtained by calling your Local Union or via this web site. Tax-deductible donations can be made by check payable to the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.

Cheryl L. Johnson, Director
Phone (202) 624-7471
Fax (202) 624-7457

Legal Department

The Teamsters International Union Legal Department offers expert advice and assistance on a broad range of labor law issues. An experienced in-house legal staff is well versed on the laws and regulations affecting Teamster affiliates and members.
Each Teamster Division is assigned a staff attorney who is familiar with the issues and concerns of that Division. The department also works closely with other departments to help the International Union and its Locals win strong contracts.

Gary Witlen, Director
Phone (202) 624-6945
Fax (202) 624-6884

Organizing Department

The Organizing Department coordinates the organizing activities of Teamsters throughout the country. The department is available to assist local unions, joint councils, and trade divisions and trade conferences in establishing organizing programs, supporting local campaigns, developing budgets, recruiting and training volunteers, and providing materials.
 
The Organizing Department also helps to coordinate industry-wide and company-wide organizing efforts, participates in joint organizing campaigns with other unions, and assists in mergers and affiliations.

Jeff Farmer, Director
Phone (202) 624-8718
Fax (202) 624-6832

Research Department

The Research Department serves as the primary source of financial, statistical, and contractual information for the union and its affiliates. With the resources of a modern library and connection to the most powerful electronic databases available today, the Department provides information gathering, research and analysis for the Teamstersí 538 Local Unions as well as headquarters’ personnel.
 
Research staff prepares comprehensive studies focusing on collective bargaining, economic trends, and organizing for use in major national or local negotiations. In addition, analysts will prepare reports on employers and industries in which they operate, as well as respond to long-range policy issues, such as the NAFTA and Social Security, that confront the Union.
 
At its foundation, the department maintains an extensive library of reference resources and the largest contract database of any union in North America—almost 200,000 current and expired Teamster labor agreements.

Michael Conyngham, Director
Phone (202) 624-6927
Fax (202) 624-6910

Department for Retiree Affairs
 
The Department for Retiree Affairs is dedicated to meeting the needs of all retired Teamsters. In the decade since the department was established, with the help of our Local Unions, over 300 Teamster Retiree Chapters/Clubs have been chartered. The department encourages members of the Retirees Clubs to participate in and support contract and organizing campaigns. The Department for Retiree Affairs, together with the Government Affairs Department, strives to influence policy makers at the national level on issues that affect all Teamsters.
 
The department works to improve and enhance the programs and services available to our retirees. Currently, the department offers an affordable Hospital Indemnity, Medicare Supplemental and Term Life Insurance plans (TEAM MED CARE), an Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Plan, TeamsteRX Prescription Drug Program, and the Prescription Club of America Program for Teamster Retiree Chapter/Club members.


(202) 624-8950
Fax (202) 624-8780

Safety and Health Department
 
The Safety and Health Department coordinates the Teamsters’ safety and health programs. The department serves as a source for technical advice and training for members, local officers, and joint councils dealing with occupational safety and health and transportation safety problems. In addition the department helps represent members’ interests during collective bargaining and on regulatory matters in all aspects of the safety and health field.
 
Specifically, department staff can provide assistance on issues such as: workers’ rights under OSHA and DOT, truck safety, chemical hazards and "right to know," medical qualifications for drivers, drug testing, exposure monitoring and ventilation, and work-related injuries.
 
The department also administers a hazardous waste and hazardous materials handling training program (EPA Superfund, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation) conducted throughout the United States, and can assist locals in setting up safety and health committees and training programs.

LaMont Byrd, Director
Phone (202) 624-6960
Fax (202) 624-8740

Office of Strategic Initiatives
 
The Office of Strategic Initiatives promotes the use of innovative strategies to assist the union in organizing, difficult negotiations and strikes. Working with other IBT departments, this office identifies corporate vulnerabilities and designs campaigns to maximize the union's power.

Carin Zelenko, Director
Phone (202) 624-8100
Fax (202) 624-6833


Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

Accounting and Budget Department
The Accounting and Budget Department is responsible for originating, analyzing, interpreting, and supplying accurate and reliable financial information.
The financial information includes the following:
  • Consolidated General (International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Teamsters National Headquarters Building Corporation) and Defense Fund financial statements for presentation by the General Secretary-Treasurer to the General Executive Board on a quarterly basis, as well as financial statements for related organization.
  • All Governmental Tax and Information Returns for all funds (i.e., LM-2, 990, etc.)
  • Financial records for the Democratic, Republican, Independent Voter Education (DRIVE) Department.
The department also administers the International Union’s insurance policies and oversees and processes all financial transactions relating to the worker Health and Safety Training Grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health and other government grants.
 
The Accounting and Budget Department is comprised of six basic sections: General Ledger, Budget, and Reporting; Accounts Payable; Travel Expense; Payroll; Pre-Audit; and, DRIVE.
  • General Ledger, Budget, and Reporting section is responsible for maintaining the general ledger, budget information, and preparing accounting reports and analyses.
  • Accounts Payable section is primarily concerned with processing vendor invoices.
  • Travel Expense section audits and processes travel expense reports.
  • Payroll section is responsible for payroll disbursements along with related tax and informational reports
  • Pre-Audit section provides numerous checks and balances on various accounting systems throughout the International Union.
  • DRIVE section tracks member contributions used in reporting financial information to the Federal Election Commission.

Mitzi Montemore, Director
Phone (202) 624-6817
Fax (202) 624-8108

Affiliates Records Department
 
This department communicates regularly with our affiliates on matters such as dues waivers, issuance of new charters, processing of revised charter applications, and follow-ups on procedural and compliance matters resulting from comments/instructions included in the International Union audits of our affiliates.
 
The divisions within the Affiliates Records Department include:
  • Affiliates Financial Files—Reviews for content and accuracy the Trustees’ Reports, which must be submitted to the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer as required by the International Union Constitution. This office also reviews the annual reports, which are submitted by our affiliates, which include the Certified Public Accountant/Chartered Accountant Reports, Labor-Management Reports, and Internal Revenue Service filings.
  • Affiliates Per Capita Tax/Supplies—Audits local unions’ Monthly Remittance Statements and accompanying per capita tax payments. Coordinates requests for supplies from our affiliates and the subsequent invoicing for those supplies.
  • Affiliates Report and Roster—Maintenance of mailing lists for the International Union magazine, affiliates’ publications, retirees’ mailings, etc.; Official Election Reports, affiliates’ bonding and publication/maintenance of Roster of Affiliates.

Hollis Hypes, Director
Phone (202) 624-6966
Fax (202) 624-8110

Information Systems Department
 
The Information Systems Department services the data processing requirements of the International Union headquarters and our affiliates. Applications at the International Union headquarters include, among other things, DRIVE accounting, implementation and support of the International Union’s accounting functions, development of a new accounting package for the Teamster Affiliate Pension Plan, implementation of a new payroll system, contract retrieval system, and other strategic applications. 
 
This department presently processes the mailing lists for the International Union magazine and other mailings as required through interaction with the TITAN database. Information Systems also provides the source for the mailing lists applicable to the United Parcel Service Master Agreement, National Master Freight Agreement, and the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement.
 
The TITAN (Teamsters Information Terminal Accounting Network) System is a local union dues accounting system and communications network that allows more than 95 percent of our affiliates to effectively administer their dues accounting and record keeping functions. In addition, it provides electronic message transmission capabilities to and from our affiliates connected to the network or International Union offices, in less time than it normally takes to make a phone call.
 
The Computerized Bookkeeping System (CBS) automates the Manual for Local Union Secretary-Treasurers. It eliminates the required manual entries necessary to complete the Cash Receipts and Cash Disbursement functions of the required bookkeeping system for our affiliated local unions and joint councils. The system also provides the option of producing checks, which further reduces the time necessary to complete the monthly and annual financial reports.
 
Assigned to the Information Systems Department is a staff of TITAN Field Representatives who are regularly dispatched to our affiliates for the purpose of training office personnel on the TITAN System, computerized Bookkeeping System, and, if applicable, the Manual Bookkeeping System.

Baker Killam, Director
Phone (202) 624-7480
Fax (202) 624-6849

International Auditors
 
As required by the International Union Constitution, there is a staff of International Auditors assigned to the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer. The primary purpose of the International Auditors is to perform procedural and compliance audits of our affiliates. In addition, they provide services to our affiliates in understanding our required bookkeeping systems: TITAN—Computerized Bookkeeping System—Manual Bookkeeping System.

Richard Bell, Executive Assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer
Phone (202) 624-6840
Fax (202) 624-8110

 

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