7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

News and Issues
User Info

School bus drivers and monitors in Kankakee vote to join Teamsters Local 179

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, May 7, 2019)

KANKAKEE, Ill. — Today, School bus drivers and monitors at Illinois Central in Kankakee, Ill. voted to join Teamsters Local 179. The 90 workers are part of a growing movement of drivers and monitors across the country who are organizing with the union because of the representation and benefits that come with a Teamster contract.

“At Local 179 we represent more than 1,000 bus drivers including drivers at the Wilmington and Coal City Illinois Central locations,” said Tony Seminary, Local 179 Organizer and Business Agent. “We are excited to have another Illinois Central yard on board with us and look forward to securing them a strong first contract.”

Driver Llora Kranich and her fellow workers at the Kankakee yard wanted to secure a strong union to represent their interests and help the address on-the-job issues like wages, favoritism and job security.

"We worked hard to bring this victory home and I’m so thrilled that now we’ll have a chance to negotiate our first contract,” said Kranich. “Thousands of school bus drivers throughout Illinois are better off because of their Teamsters membership, and soon we will be too.”

Teamsters Local 179 represents workers in a wide variety of industries throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. For more information, go to http://www.teamsters179.com.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Like us on Facebook at

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2019 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts


Stopped freight trains causing safety concerns in Highland, Indiana
Blocked crossings become problematic in Abilene, Kansas
BNSF, Wabtec advancing the future of motive power
Bernie Sanders send pizza to miners blocking coal train
$125 million Baltimore tunnel grant opens double stack option for rail shippers
50th anniversary of major CT train wreck brings renewed call for PTC
Washington Supreme Court weighs in on the question of weight in Taylor v. BNSF
Alaska Railroad cancels passenger service between Anchorage and Denali due to wildfire
Amtrak adds service to two New Jersey stops
Japan’s past and future trains float and roll at SCMaglev and Railway Park
RRB Q&A: Unemployment and sickness benefits for railroad employees
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines