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 five terms. He has received the General Secretary-Treasurer's Trustee Leadership Circle Award four times. He has attended multiple educational conferences. He attended the 1996 convention as an Alternate Delegate and also attended the 2006 and 2016 conventions as a Delegate. Richard is also a Delegate to Joint Council 25 . H Circle
Harvey Jackson has been a Teamster Local 142 member since 1991. He is currently the business agent handling a variety of industries that include Manufacturing, Trucking, Warehousing, Bakery, Dairy, Brewery and, Scrap Yards. Harvey also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Pension, Health & Welfare, Apprenticeship & Training and Annuity Funds. With 12 years experience as a steward in the trucking industry, he has also served as a volunteer organizer and has 19 years’ experience as an organizer. Harvey has been a delegate to the Northwest Indiana Area Federation of Labor, representing Teamster Local 142 and bringing back updates on labor issues that affect Northwest Indiana and Teamster Local 142.
Jeff has been a Teamster Local 142 member since 2004. He is currently the business agent handling a variety of industries that include Waste, Manufacturing, School Bus, and Truck Mechanic. Jeff also serves as a Trustee for the Pension, Health & Welfare, Apprenticeship & Training and Annuity Funds. Jeff has also volunteered for the following organizations: FFA, Hebron 4H, Hebron Lions Club for almost 20 years, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Hebron Fire Department 7 years service, and 6 years Hebron Jaycee.
Star has been a Teamster member for 20 years. Star has worked in the Dues office for the past 17 years and with the Pension Fund for 3 years. She has knowledge of Union office procedures including internal audits, bookkeeping, member updates and is currently working on the Titan System. Star volunteers for the steward council and numerous functions with the Local, including Annual Golf Outing and Indiana Beach, Right to Work Rallies and many other activities that the Local and Steward Council sponsors for Local 142 members and their families. Star is a current Joint Council 25 Delegate. Star has also attended numerous educational conferences.
Matt Tchoukaleff has been a member for 16 years, Matt is also a steward for Pepsi 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 Rangers. Matt also does volunteer work outside of the Teamsters Local 142.
Tony Hauprich has been a Teamster for 25 years. Tony currently works for the Hammond Water Department. He was a Steward for 7 years. He helped negotiate the last two contracts for the Hammond Water Department. Tony is the President of the Hammond Redevelopment Commission. He is also 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 your hard-working dollars to benefit the best interests of the union that he truly believes in and supports.
Since 1995, Mike has been a member of Teamsters Union Local 142. Mike serves as a business agent for the Construction Division and Ready-Mix Division, as well as other related industries. In addition to his role as a business agent, Mike serves as a trustee for Teamster Local 142's pension, health and welfare, and annuity fund. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has appointed Mike as its Central Regional Representative for the Building Material and Construction division as of October 2023.
At the beginning of his career, Mike served as a union steward in the Ready Mix and Construction Division. Furthermore, Mike has worked on the national maintenance agreement, the national pipeline agreement, the four-county highway agreement, the Northwest Indiana contract agreement, and various Ready-Mix contracts, as well as participating in several negotiation committees.
Mike has attended several International Brotherhood of Teamsters education conferences in the construction and pipeline sectors. The IBT appointed Mike to its National Pipeline Negotiation Committee in 2023, and played a crucial role in negotiating one of the most favorable pipeline agreements the IBT has ever had. Additionally, Mike holds the position of officer on the Northwestern Indiana Building & Construction Trades board and assists as a board member for the Building & Construction Resource Center (BCRC).
Over the years, Mike has served on the Teamsters Local 142 Stewart's council as an officer and has participated in various union events and organized Teamsters campaigns. Mike has always been willing to go the extra mile to assist his union brothers and sisters. As one of Mike's strongest traits, he is constantly working to further his organization's interests in a positive way. He is respected by his colleagues and is a strong advocate for the rights of workers. Mike has been a loyal and dedicated representative of the Teamsters Local 142 and continues to be a valuable asset.
Ted Mavity was appointed a Business Agent for the Construction Division and is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He worked his way through college driving an ice truck and a partial football scholarship, eventually earning a B.S. in History from St. Josephs College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He was initiated into Teamsters Local 142 in 1987. Ted then went on to work in the ready-mix business, driving a truck and running a ready-mix plant. Ted then went to work as a police officer where he started as a patrolman, was promoted to Sergeant, and worked as an investigator. He was part of a team that negotiated the first ever labor contract between the Lake County FOP, Lake County Police Association and the Lake County Council. Ted came back to work in construction driving a dump truck on his days off from the police department. After retiring with 20 years of service from the Lake County Police Department, he went to work full time in construction, working on various projects including the rebuilding of the 1-65 80/94 interchange, BP Whiting Refinery Modernization Project, Enbridge Terminal Project, Lake Central High School Project and widening of I 65 between Merrillville and Lowell. He has also worked in all the region's steel mills. Ted was on the most recent negotiating committee with the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association.