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Local 179 Participates in Historic School Bus Workers Congress
Updated On: Oct 05, 2012
General President Jim Hoffa and Local 179 member and First Student Naperville steward Janet Matthews

Local 179 officers, agents and stewards participated in the Teamsters School Bus Workers Congress held September 29th and 30th in Chicago.

Local 179 President Tom Flynn, Organizer Bob Conners, Business Agent Ed Scrogham, First Student Naperville steward Janet Matthews, First Student Plainfield steward Kim Johnson and Illinois Central Wilmington negotiating committee person Dala Watson attended the historic School Bus Workers Congress.

Dala had the honor of addressing the congress to speak of her experience in helping to organize the Illinois Central Wilmington yard.  She talked about the company making a lot of promises that were not kept.  She also told of mandatory anti-union meetings held by Illinois Central and said that in these meetings they were not allowed to ask questions.  Within two weeks of contacting Local 179 Organizer Bob Conners, they had enough signatures to file for an election.  Dala said that now that they are Teamsters they have a voice and can stand up to the company.  "It is an awesome feeling," she said.  She went on to thank Bob Conners and the Teamsters for all of their help.

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