Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
October 26, 2016
<< October 2016 >>
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Calendar Legend

Teamster News Headlines
Allegiant Flight Dispatchers Vote to Join Teamsters Union
Teamsters Concerned with Conditions for Animals at Peninsula Humane Society
Denver US Foods Teamsters Launch Unfair Labor Practice Strike
Teamsters Local 2727: Teamster Mechanics Who Maintain UPS Aircraft Begin Strike Vote
Listen to Teamster Nation News for Oct. 19-25
Our Chance to Vote For A Real Union With Real Power
Pipeline Construction Training Courses in October and January
A Message From Your UAL Negotiating Committee: October 17, 2016
First Student Drivers In Connecticut Vote To Join Local 493
Airline Division News, Week Ending October 15, 2016
Local 79's Major Birthday Celebration

On 2/20/16 ladies from the Local 79's office celebrated a major milestone of Local's receptionist Betty Devitt - she just turned "30" again!

Clockwise from bottom left corner are:  Olesia Trobaugh, Idie Rodriguez, Olga Gonzalez, Sabrina Gilley, Judy Wood and the birthday girl, Betty Devitt.

Local 79 Officers & Staff

Teamsters Local Union 79
5818 E. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33619-1033
Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday

Telephone: (813) 621-1391    Fax: (813) 626-7915

Kenneth W. “Ken” Wood
President & Business Manager
(813) 621-1391, Ext. 5

Thor T. Johnson
Vice President & Business Agent
(813) 621-1391, Ext.4


Brian A. Rothman
Secretary-Treasurer & Business Agent
(813) 621-1391, Ext.6

Gary Kaleskas
Recording Secretary &
Business Agent 
(813) 621-1391, Ext. 7

Gerry Stack

Larry E. Dupree


Kenneth C. Williams


John Sholtes
Business Agent
(813) 621-1391, Ext. 8


Olesia Trobaugh

Administrative Specialist
(813) 621-1391, Ext.1


Betty Devitt


Sabrina Gilley
Insurance & Pension/
(813) 621-1391, Ext. 2


Olga Gonzalez
Dues & Bookkeeping
(813) 621-1391, Ext. 3


Local 79 officers are elected to 3-year terms, with the next term of office to start on January 1, 2017.

Page Last Updated: Feb 26, 2016 (07:56:16)

  Click here to order

Click here to
Order Survival of the Heart. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Local 79 Scholarship Fund.

Author will make a donation to Local 79's Scholarship Fund for every book purchased.

Robert Ellis
2015 Perfect Attendance
1st Place Winner ($300)
Dean Campi
2015 Perfect Attendance 
2nd Place Winner ($200)

Rabell Bryant
2015 Perfect Attendance 
3rd Place Winner ($100)

Santiago Rivera
50/50 Winner

Francisco Sarratea
Door Prize Winner

Charles Kesling
receives watch for being a
Union Member since 1945 (42 years)

  Ed Siedzik
Winner of January GMM
Service 1st CU gift basket

See the Photo Gallery
for pictures of the




  Current Campaigns  
  • 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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • 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 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.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • 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 Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

Teamsters Local 79
Copyright © 2016, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™Login

Top of Page image