Teamsters Local 710

A Few Words About Us

Highway Drivers, Dockmen, Spotters, Rampmen, Meat, Packing House and Allied Products Drivers and Helpers, Office Workers and Miscellaneous Employees.

Affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
One of the founding Locals of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 710 was Chartered on October 1, 1903.

Today, Local 710 remains one of the largest and strongest Local Unions in the country. With over 14,000 members, our membership covers a wide range of industries, including the less than truck load freight carriers, United Parcel Service, Soft Drink Industry, Wine and Spirits Distribution, Automobile Transportation, Meat Packing and Distribution, Manufacturing, Food Distribution, Rendering, Local Cartage, Piggyback Rampmen, Magazine Distribution, Office Workers and Warehousing.

Here at Local 710 we are committed to providing workers and their families with the dignity and respect they deserve. We know that this is accomplished by negotiating good Contracts, strong enforcement of those agreements, Political action, Organizing, community involvement, and through the highest level of assistance and support.

CONSTITUTION

of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
PREAMBLE

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was
formed in 1903 by representatives of independent local
unions who had the foresight to recognize that the ability
of each local to provide assistance to its members
could be improved by the formation of a great labor
organization which pooled the resources and talents of
the individual locals. In creating the foundation for what
has become the largest trade union in North America,
those local unions agreed to subordinate some of their
individual independence in order to obtain services, support,
and expertise which none alone could provide but
which all could obtain through coordinated action by the
International Union.

In entering this new relationship, the local unions
preserved their autonomy and identity and structured an
International based upon the concept that the heart of
the local is the membership and that the core of the
International must be its locals. As the local unions must
reflect the interests of their members, so too must the
International Union be responsive to the needs of the
locals which brought it into existence. The local unions
and the International recognize that the interests of the
membership are at the core of their relationship. The
local unions and the International commit to serve the
interests of the membership by maintaining a Union that
is strong, democratic, and free of corruption.

This Constitution recognizes and protects the autonomy, integrity, and identity of each indispensable part of
this great Union—the members, the locals, and the
International. It constitutes an agreement among equal
partners who are united by and dedicated to the common
goal of achieving social and economic justice for
workers everywhere.

Today, as we are confronted by the challenges of a
global economy dominated by multi-national corporations
that sweep past national borders and forage the globe in
search of new workers and resources to exploit, we recognize
that the future of working people and the future of our
great Union depend on our ability to organize the unorganized
and to build alliances with workers throughout the
world. We recognize that the struggle for human rights,
including the fundamental right of workers to form and
join free trade unions, implicates universal principles
which cannot be confined by national borders. The welfare
of our members is interrelated with the ability of our
fellow workers in the global marketplace to demand and
obtain decent wages and working conditions from their
employers. We pledge to support the legitimate efforts of
our brother and sister workers to achieve the right to organize
and obtain fair terms of employment.

We reaffirm our belief that only through a strong
democratically accountable Union can workers be protected
and prosper and only with the allegiance of its
members and the mutual support of united labor organizations
can the Union survive.