Teamster Departments

The following is a list of the departments at the International under the operation of the Office of the General President or the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer. Click on a department name to read more.

Accounting and Budget Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The Accounting and Budget Department is responsible for originating, analyzing, interpreting, and supplying accurate and reliable financial information. The financial information includes the following:

The department also administers the International Union’s insurance policies and oversees and processes all financial transactions relating to the worker Health and Safety Training Grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health and other government grants.

The Accounting and Budget Department is comprised of six basic sections: General Ledger, Budget, and Reporting; Accounts Payable; Travel Expense, Payroll, Pre-Audit and DRIVE.

Michael Caputy, Director
Phone (202) 624-6800
Fax (202) 624-8108

Affiliate Bookkeeping Systems Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The Affiliate Bookkeeping Systems Department services our affiliates through maintaining and updating bookkeeping  systems as prescribed by the International Constitution. The current mandated bookkeeping systems are TITAN (Teamsters Information Terminal Accounting Network) which is a membership dues accounting and recordkeeping network that allows Local Unions to accurately post membership dues and maintain membership records on members. The TITAN system is currently installed and operational in approximately 98 percent of our affiliates.

The Affiliate Bookkeeping System Department also updates and maintains the computerized bookkeeping systems and they are the Computerized Bookkeeping Systems (CBS) along with a version of QuickBooks modified to be used by labor unions. The computerized bookkeeping systems eliminate the required manual entries necessary to complete the Cash receipts and Cash Disbursement functions of the required bookkeeping system for our affiliated local unions and joint councils. The systems also provide the option of producing checks, which further reduces the time necessary to complete monthly and annual financial reports.

Assigned to the Affiliate Bookkeeping Systems Department is a staff of TITAN Field Representatives who are regularly dispatched to our affiliates for the purpose of training office personnel on the TITAN system, Computerized Bookkeeping System, QuickBooks and, if applicable, the Manual Bookkeeping System as well as, a staff of  TITAN Procedural Coordinators (TPI) that are experienced and proficient in all bookkeeping systems available and can be reached at (800) 424-5132. The department also assists in compiling mailing lists applicable to Master Agreements and in mailings to members and affiliates.

Pamela Turner, Director
Phone (202) 624-6876
Fax (202) 624-6849

Affiliates and Automated Records Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The Affiliates and Automated Records Department records all per capita tax payments and other receipts applicable to the International Union. The department communicates regularly with our affiliates on matters such as issuance of new charters, processing revised charter applications, mailing lists, procurement of all seals, surety bond coverage for affiliates, and group exemption with the IRS. With the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer, the department is also involved in requested waivers of dues and fees as required by the International Constitution.

The department comprises three sections:

Debbie Sloskey, Director
Phone (202) 624-6966
Fax (202) 624-8110

Capital Strategies Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The Capital Strategies Department works to build Teamster power in the capital markets. With roughly $100 billion invested in equity assets, Teamsters are working to reform how Corporate America does business—ensuring that Teamster money works for Teamster members. By demanding responsible corporate behavior Teamsters are encouraging better corporate performance over the long-term, and greater opportunities for workers to have a voice on the job to secure fair wages, benefits and working conditions.

Carin Zelenko, Director
Phone (202) 624-8100
Fax (202) 624-6833

Communications

Office of the General President

The Communications Department works closely with International Union departments, divisions, and affiliates to spread information on union programs and goals to members, their families, retirees, allied organizations, public officials, the news media, and the general public. The department also promotes Teamsters concerns and campaigns to the news media, and responds to media inquiries.

To communicate with Teamsters members, the department produces the Teamster Magazine, which keeps 1.4 million members and retirees, informed about Teamster programs, their rights on the job, and ways that they can get involved.

The Communications Department also maintains numerous social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube as well as many websites; prepares print and audio-visual materials; coordinates materials development for campaigns; and, produces the Teamsters Nation podcast.

Bret Caldwell, Director
Phone (202) 624-6911
Fax (202) 624-6918

DRIVE Accounting Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The DRIVE Accounting Department is responsible for activities regarding National DRIVE, the political action committee of the International Brotherhood Teamsters. National DRIVE is a separate segregated fund registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Department processes the Voluntary Authorization Cards to allow for Teamster membership participation in National DRIVE. The Department is responsible for the registration and compliance with the FEC and state campaign finance regulations. Teamster membership contributions to DRIVE are processed through payroll deduction and DRIVE Accounting Department is responsible for the collection and recordkeeping of all receipts received. All candidate and committee contributions are processed through the DRIVE Accounting Department. DRIVE Accounting Department fulfills requests for DRIVE information from Teamster local unions, joint councils, trade divisions and conferences and the General Executive Board.

Deanna Bennett, Director
Phone (202) 624-6821
Fax (202) 624-8796

Economics & Contracts

Office of the General President

SPECIAL NOTE: Economics & Contracts Department Director Jim Kimball recently gave a presentation for Local 639 on labor legislation. CLICK HERE to View the Presentation.

Newly created as part of the International Union’s commitment to increasing union membership, the Teamsters Economics & Contracts Department serves the local affiliates and Teamsters Trade Divisions/Conferences as a key source of financial, statistical and agreements information.

With connection to the most powerful electronic databases available today, the department provides local affiliates and International Union personnel with corporate research and economic trends for use in both collective bargaining and organizing. The department maintains the largest contract database of any union in North America, with more than 250,000 current and expired Teamster labor agreements.

Your Local Union can now submit your contracts electronically through a web portal. Click here, to register for the program.  Once you are registered, go to http://ibt.versiform.net via the web browser Google CHROME.  The basic instructions can be downloaded by clicking Local Union Guide to the Electronic Submission of Collective Bargaining Agreements Please call the Economics and Contracts Department at (202) 624-6927, if you have any questions.

Jim Kimball, Director
Phone (202) 624-7456
Fax (202) 508-6412

Human Rights & Diversity Commission

Office of the General President

The mission of the Human Rights and Diversity Commission is to enrich relationships through comprehensive initiatives that center the voice of our Union; thereby promoting economic, social and environmental justice for members through equitable opportunities and sustainable programs. We are committed to creating impactful solutions by making recommendations to the International and its affiliates on developing policies and practices which encourage members to express their ideas, to influence decision making and to secure roles in leadership.

Marcus King, Director
Phone (202) 624-7471
Fax (202) 624-7457

Information Systems Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The Information Systems Department services the data processing requirements of the International Union headquarters and our affiliates. Applications at the International Union headquarters include, among other things, DRIVE accounting, implementation and support of the International Union’s accounting functions, development of a new accounting package for the Teamster Affiliate Pension Plan, implementation of a new payroll system, contract retrieval system, and other strategic applications.

This department presently processes the mailing lists for the International Union magazine and other mailings as required through interaction with the TITAN database. Click here for more information on the TITAN system. Information Systems also provides the source for the mailing lists applicable to the United Parcel Service Master Agreement, National Master Freight Agreement, and the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement.

David Martin, Director
Phone (202) 624-7480
Fax (202) 624-6849

International Auditors

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

As required by the International Union Constitution, there is a staff of International Auditors assigned to the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer. The primary purpose of the International Auditors is to perform procedural and compliance audits of our affiliates. In addition, they provide services to our affiliates in understanding our required bookkeeping systems: TITAN—Computerized Bookkeeping System—Manual Bookkeeping System.

Leah Ford, Executive Assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer
Phone (202) 624-6840
Fax (202) 624-8110

Office of the General President

The Teamsters International Union Legal Department offers expert advice and assistance on a broad range of labor law issues. An experienced in-house legal staff is well versed on the laws and regulations affecting Teamster affiliates and members. Each Teamster Division is assigned a staff attorney who is familiar with the issues and concerns of that Division. The department also works closely with other departments to help the International Union and its Locals win strong contracts.

Gary Witlen, Director
Phone (202) 624-6945
Fax (202) 624-6884

Membership Data and Analytics Department

Office of the General President

The Membership Data and Analytics Department offers technology solutions to help our local affiliates use their resources more efficiently. The department tests and evaluates new and developing technology to provide recommendations and best practices for affiliates – from video conferencing software to versatile CRM and database programs to third-party integrations. 

The department runs ALIFT, a program to assist locals in using their institutional data to more efficiently contact members, develop and file grievances, and other member engagement initiatives.  The department partners with interested locals to develop a cloud-based database infrastructure that makes data (including select TITAN fields) accessible to officers and staff in the field for organizing efforts, servicing members, and other representational work. 

Rebecca Stein, Director
Phone: 202-508-6640
Email: [email protected] 

Organizing

Office of the General President

The Organizing Department coordinates the organizing activities of Teamsters throughout the country. The department is available to assist local unions, joint councils, and trade divisions and trade conferences in establishing organizing programs, supporting local campaigns, developing budgets, recruiting and training volunteers, and providing materials.

The Organizing Department also helps to coordinate industry-wide and company-wide organizing efforts, participates in joint organizing campaigns with other unions, and assists in mergers and affiliations.

Jeff Farmer, Director
Phone (202) 624-8718
Fax (202) 624-6832

Out-of-Work Benefit Department

Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer

The Out-of-Work Benefit Department administers the processing and payment of out-of-work benefits to Teamsters who are engaged in action to obtain recognition, protect wages and benefits, enforce collective bargaining agreements or who have been locked out by their employers. Out-of-work benefits are funded through the Strike and Defense Fund, which was established by the 26th International Convention, June 25-29, 2001, as amended by the Special Convention, April 30, 2002. Article XII of the International Constitution sets forth the requirements for the payment of out-of-work benefits.

Louis Blyden, Director
Phone: (202) 624-6828
Fax: (202) 624-6897

Political and Legislative Action

Office of the General President

Teamster solidarity can bring about better working conditions on the job and Teamsters can work together to influence national and state government policies that impact working men and women. On behalf of the union, the Department of Political and Legislative Action coordinates that activity— mobilizing Teamster members and affiliates for collective action, lobbying in Congress, testifying before congressional committees and federal agencies, coordinating with the White House and executive branch departments, activating union members to meet or communicate with elected officials, supporting efforts by Teamsters to protect their interests in state capitals, and building political power. With 1.4 million active members, Teamster members working together can be a powerful force for change.    

Because so much of what the Teamsters Union wants to accomplish politically costs money, a main focus of the Department of Political and Legislative Action is raising funds into the DRIVE PAC. The Teamsters DRIVE PAC is our main political fund that we use for advocating on behalf of all Teamster members to the U.S. Congress and to state legislative houses.  For non-Teamsters, a new fund has been created called TEAM Fund. Donations can be made to this fund through the purchase of Teamster merchandise from the Team Fund online storeThis fund allows non-members (family members and friends of Teamsters and Teamster retirees) to contribute to a Teamster political action fund. Click here to read more about this fund.

The Department of Political and Legislative Action mobilizes Teamster members and affiliates around campaigns for national contracts, federal and state legislative campaigns, and federal, state and local political campaigns. The department accomplishes this by energizing Teamster members to take direct action, as well as helping Teamster affiliates build their own member mobilization infrastructure. Field Representatives live and work in all regions of the United States, raising DRIVE money, electing Teamster candidates, educating Teamster members and building our political program.

Christy Bailey, Director
Phone (202) 624-6993
Fax (202) 624-6992

Safety and Health

Office of the General President

The Safety and Health Department coordinates the Teamsters’ safety and health programs. The department serves as a source for technical advice and training for members, local officers, and joint councils dealing with occupational safety and health and transportation safety problems. In addition the department helps represent members’ interests during collective bargaining and on regulatory matters in all aspects of the safety and health field.

Specifically, department staff can provide assistance on issues such as: workers’ rights under OSHA and DOT, truck safety, chemical hazards and “right to know,” medical qualifications for drivers, drug testing, exposure monitoring and ventilation, and work-related injuries.

The department also administers a hazardous waste and hazardous materials handling training program (EPA Superfund, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation) conducted throughout the United States, and can assist locals in setting up safety and health committees and training programs. Click here to view Safety and Health Fact Sheets.

LaMont Byrd, Director
Phone (202) 624-6960
Fax (202) 624-8740

Strategic Research and Campaigns

Office of the General President

The Strategic Research & Campaigns Department develops innovative strategies and campaigns to help win justice and better treatment for workers who want Teamster representation. To help address this challenge, the Department of Strategic Research and Campaigns was created with the primary mandate of countering vicious and sophisticated anti-worker, anti-union campaigns from the management of national and multi-national companies.

The department works primarily with the Organizing Department and relevant Trade Divisions to neutralize corporate opposition to priority organizing, first contract, and key contract campaigns. The department deploys teams of researchers and campaigners focused on core industries, employers, and campaign targets, with the goal of developing and implementing innovative corporate leverage activities.

Our researchers and campaigners are also available to respond to critical needs of local unions and Joint Councils.

Iain Gold, Director
Phone (202) 624-8700
Fax (202) 624-6910

Training & Development

Office of the General President

The IBT Training and Development Department is one of a number of departments at the International Headquarters that provides assistance to our local unions and other Teamster affiliates through educational programs and materials, including:

For details on any of these topics please join us on our Training and Development Page.

Dennis Hower, Director
Phone (202) 624-8117
Fax (202) 624-6851