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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

Brian A. Rothman
President & Business Manager

Welcome To Teamsters Local 79's Web Site

This web site is for our members, their families and others seeking information about Teamsters Local 79 and the 1.4 million-member Teamsters Union. We encourage your comments on the educational value, user friendliness and contents of this web site.

The Local 79 team works with Joint Council 75 and the International Union to organize and educate workers so that workers will attain a higher standard of living. The union’s key roles include:

  • Organizing workers so they can have a voice in the workplace.
  • Educating members so that they know their workplace rights and can participate fully in our democratic society.
  • Involving members in the political process so that their issues are addressed.
  • Negotiating and enforcing contracts with employers so that each member will be treated with dignity, justice and respect.

If you are not 100% membership at your work site and you are willing to make it 100%, call your Business Agent or myself to learn how we can accomplish that goal. This is why the Teamsters Union is one of just a few International Unions that are successful in our organizing efforts today with strong master, area and local contracts. This is why the Teamsters are looked upon by other International Unions as the leader and trend setter in the labor movement.

We encourage all our members to attend their monthly General Membership Meeting at the Tampa Union Hall, at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (except for the months of June, July, and August), and the second Saturday of December.  

Refreshments are provided after each meeting so we can relax and socialize with the membership. It’s a great opportunity to visit and share your experiences with the other Brothers and Sisters throughout Local 79’s jurisdiction. Area meetings are also held in Ft. Myers.

Click here to view the YRC Tentative Agreement

Click here to view the Pension Call Sheet
Click Here Disaster Relief Efforts for Victims of Hurricane Michael

Click Here Read how our own Brother Williams and Dupree Help with the Disaster Relief Efforts for Victims of

Hurricane Michael 


Teamsters Local 79 Conducted its “Stewards Training 101” seminar in Brooksville, FL on Saturday June 15, 2019.  The Union Stewards and Alternates who attended were from Citrus County BOCC, Citrus County School Board, Hernando County BOCC, and Pasco County BOCC.  The Full Day Training was facilitated by Trustee/Business Agent John Sholtes, Business Agent Sharon Ayala and Volunteer Organizer/Activist Jeff Testa.  Thanks to all who attended and participated to make this training a success!

Teamsters Local 79 Conducted its “Stewards Training 101” seminar in Naples, FL on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  The Union Stewards and Alternate Stewards who attended were from ABF Freight, Alsco, Aramark Uniforms Services, Collier County School Board, Lee County Port Authority Police Department, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, YRC Freight and UPS.  A full day of training and great discussions were facilitated by President Brian Rothman, Trustee/Business Agent John Sholtes, Business Agent Sharon Ayala and Volunteer Organizer/Activist Jeff Testa.  Similar seminars are planned for the Northern and Central Areas of Local 79’s jurisdiction, So Stay Tuned!


Multiemployer pension funds in our country are facing a crisis and there is no time to lose in finding a solution. Without rapid congressional action 1.5 million retirees and hundreds of thousands of active workers in some 300 failing multiemployer plans – including the Teamsters’ Central States Plan-- will be at risk of losing the pensions they earned through a lifetime of hard work.

Take Action!

As Members of Congress take the next few months before the midterm election to spend more time in state with their constituents, it is the perfect time to try to engage them on the multiemployer pension crisis in our country and urge them to quickly adopt a solution that will keep pension benefits whole.

As you are probably aware, Congress this year created a Joint Select Committee and tasked it with crafting legislation that will solve the crisis.  We need the constituents of the Joint Select Committee’s membership to reach out to encourage their congressperson(s) to join together and report out a bipartisan solution to America’s multiemployer pension crisis that does not include cuts to benefits. Tell your Congressperson that you support the only legislation already introduced that will provide a path to financial health for troubled pension plans, alleviate pressure on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and ensure that retirees and active Teamster members receive all of the benefits that they earned, the Butch Lewis Act (H.R. 4444/ S. 2147).

Individuals who do not have a member of Congress appointed to the Committee can help too by reaching out to their Senators and Representative to urge them to either cosponsor the Butch Lewis Act or encourage their colleagues to add their support to the legislation -- The more bipartisan support the legislation garners, the more likely it is to be adopted by the Committee.

Take Action!


Please check out our new Teamsters Trivia Contest!


We are looking for members who would like to become a Union Activist as an Organizer, Political Committee or a Member on our “Teamsters Local 79 Scholarship Fund Committee”.

Click here to fill out the Union Activist Form.


For updates, comments and general questions please click here and/or call to 1-800-323-7640 for recorded message with current information.

Who Are The Teamsters?

Teamsters Local 79 History

Welcome to the Teamsters

Teamsters History (IBT)

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Teamster Caucuses

Important Information
For Our Members

ABF Contract Update

Hours of Service Final Rule: Compliance Dates Reminder

UPS Package & UPS Freight - download UPS Rising App for your phone for updates

Upcoming Events

23rd Annual Caylor B. Wood, Jr.
Memorial Golf Scholarship
To Be Disclosed

2019 General Membership

Meeting Dates

Jauary 19

February 16

March 16

April 20

May 21

Septembeer 21

October 19

November 16

December 14

2019 Platinum Partners

Teamsters Local Union 385 

Dulaney & Company
Miami, FL

United Parcel Service
Central Florida

Teamsters Local Union 25

Hancok & Hall

IUOE Local 487 Hispanic Caucus Florida Chapter Teamsters Local Union 769
Teamsters Local Union 480 Teamsters Local Union 577

2019 Gold Partners

Future Gold
Future Gold
Future Gold

Future Gold

Future Gold
Future Gold
Future Gold

2019 Bronze Partners

Teamsters Local 455

American Income Life Insurance

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

Local 639

Joseph D. Merrell

Teamsters Joint Council 41 Teamsters Local 878

Teamsters Local 507 Gary S.Witlen
Teamsters Local 991

Teamsters Local 210

Teamsters Local 516 Teamsters Local 688 Teamsters Local 623 

Teamsters Joint Council 13
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division
Teamsters Local 135
Teamsters Local 804

United Members Insurance Corporation John M Cherry, DMD City Employees Union Local 237 Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee West Central Florida Federation of Labor
Local Union 67 Insulators & Allied Workers Teamsters Local Union 122 Teamsters Local 41 Teamsters Local 667 Teamsters Local 210
Teamsters Local 31

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  Current Campaigns  
  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • 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!

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • 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 ‘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.

  • 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.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

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