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Upcoming Events
Stewards Seminar
Apr 30, 2017
1300 Clark Rd Gary, Indiana
Voice of the Middle Class
May 02, 2017
WJOB 1230 AM Radio
Construction Meeting
May 10, 2017
1300 Clark Rd. Gary, Indiana
General Membership Meeting
May 12, 2017
Teamster Local 142 Hall 1300 Clark Road Gary, Indiana
Voice of the Middle Class
May 16, 2017
WJOB 1230 am Radio
  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.

  • 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) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.


  Health & Safety 


Officers & Staff Info
Richard W. Knipp

Richard Knipp has been a Teamster Local 142 member since 1980. He has served as Union Steward for over 14 years.  He was a Business Agent and Arbitrator for over 12 years and has held the officer position of Secretary-Treasurer for Three terms. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Pension, Health & Welfare, Apprenticeship & Training and Annuity Funds. For the past three consecutive years he has received the General Secretary-Treasurer's Trustee Leadership Circle Award. He attended the 1996 convention as a Alternate Delegate and also attended the 2006 convention as a Delegate.              H Circle

(219)949-1550 ext. 313

Ted F. Bilski

Ted has been a Teamster Local 142 member since 1990. Currently is one of the business agents in the construction division.  He also holds the position of Trustee for the Training and Apprenticeship Fund and Annuity Fund. Previously was Construction Union Steward and then the certified trainer for Local 142's Training Fund and was the Director of Municipal for 6 years. Currently in his third term as the 6th District Lake County Councilman. Ted is a veteran of the United States Army and a member of American Legion Post 54.  

(219)949-1550 ext.307
Vice President
Larry N. Regan

Larry has over 50 years as a Union activist.  Has held many officer positions in Unions.  Has worked for both International and Local Unions.  Larry has massive labor experience with hundreds of negotiations for contracts and literally thousands of grievances.  We consider him our expert in handling National Labor Board Relation cases.

(219)949-1550 ext. 311
Recording Secretary
Harvey Jackson

Harvey Jackson has been Teamster Local 142 member for since 1991. He currently is the business agent handling a variety of industries that include School Bus Drivers, Truck Mechanics, Trucking, Warehousing, Bakery, Dairy, Brewery and, Scrap Yards. Harvey also serves as a Trustee to the Teamster Local 142 Pension and Retiree Health and Welfare Funds and the Training and Apprenticeship Fund. With 12 years experience as a steward in trucking industry; he has also served as a volunteer organizer and has 19 years’ experience in organizing. Harvey also served first as the Treasurer for the Teamster Local 142 Stewards Council for two years and then as Chairman of the Stewards Council for eight years. Harvey has been a delegate to the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor for ten years, representing Teamster Local 142 and bringing back updates on labor issues that affect Northwest Indiana and Teamster Local 142. 2001 served as an alternate delegate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 26thConvention. 2004-2005 attended Indiana University Northwest Union Education Program. 2006 served as a delegate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 27thConvention. 2008 attended IBT Teamster Leadership Academy on organizing, started working as a Business Agent. In 2009, Harvey was nominated and received from the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, The Service to Labor Award for his dedication to labor and volunteering in the labor community and specifically to serving Teamster Local 142 members.

(219)949-1550 ext. 309
Matt Tchoukaleff

Matt Tchoukaleff has been a member for 16 years, Pepsi Steward 10 years and volunteered to serve as Treasurer of Stewards Council 9 years. Volunteered his time together to start various fundraisers to help the Stewards Council become more self-sufficient, including, White Sox bus trip, Golf Outing, Multiple 50/50 raffles, Indiana Beach. Was involved in 2 successful negotiations with Pepsi, recently to keep Pepsi in our pension fund.  Matt is a Veteran of the US Army, Airborne Ranger. Matt also does volunteer work outside of the Teamsters Local 142: He has been a youth coach since 2004 with 14 baseball teams, 3 basketball teams, and 4 soccer teams. Served 2 years on youth basketball board of directors in Portage. Currently in second year on Portage High School Booster Club, 1st year as Vice President.

(219)949-1550 ext.308
Jeff Gideon

Jeff Gideon has been a member for 10 years in the Construction Division. Volunteered  to be stewards council vice chairman, Jeff has also volunteered for Christmas basket set up & delivery, helped lobbing in Indianapolis fighting for unemployment benefits & against “right to work”, mowing & mulching on the hall property, painting, snow removal, cleaning and remodeling of building and clean up after tornado, 4th of July & Labor Day parades - float building, participation in the parade, donated trailer that used in this year’s Labor Day parade).Jeff was also one of the members that went  to Champaign-Urbana Illinois to visit Reps when they walked out fighting Right to Work and thanked them for supporting the working person, he also went to a rally keep Right to Work out of Illinois. Jeff also does volunteer work outside of the Teamsters Local 142: Vice president of FFA, former member Hebron 4H, member Hebron Lions Club for almost 20 years, former Volunteer Fire Fighter Hebron Fire Department 7 years’ service, former member Hebron Jaycee 6 years.

Tony Hauprich

Tony Hauprich has been a Teamster for 25 years. Tony currently works for the Hammond Water Department, he has been the Steward for last 7 years.  He helped negotiate the last two contracts for the Hammond Water Department Tony is the President of the Hammond Redevelopment Commission. He also is an elected Precinct Committeeman, and Captain 5th District Hammond. Tony volunteers as a member of various Democratic Clubs and organizations. Tony is dedicated to Teamster Local 142 and will continue to fight against Right to Work or any other unfair labor attacks on our union. He will keep a close watch on union business, spending and keep you’re hard working dollars to benefit the best interest of the union that he truly believes in and supports.

Business Agent
Mitchell R. Sawochka

Mitch has been a Teamster Local 142 member since 1985 and is a third generation member.  He started working at very early age in the construction industry at Bethlehem Steel giving him a total of 38 years in the construction industry. He sits on many boards including but not limited to:  Trustee of Local 142's Pension and Health & Welfare Funds since 1996, Trustee of the Northwest Indiana Building Trades for 5 years, Vice President of the Northwest Indiana Building Trades for 15 years.  Mitch is currently a Business Agent for Local 142.  He has led the Construction division in two successful strikes which resulted in the members receiving substantial economic increases and for the first time in Local 142's history the start of a brand new Annuity plan being funded by the employers.  Mitch is also the Training Coordinator for Local 142's Training and Apprenticeship Fund. 

219-949-1550 ext. 304

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