Teamsters Local 714 Chicago Uses Internet to Expand Organizing Efforts

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Teamsters Local 714 Chicago launches Web Site and Internet campaigns to compliment aggressive organizing efforts in 2005. Local 714 recognizes the fact that the Internet is a powerful communications medium which will streamline organizing campaigns and benefit current membership.

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Teamsters Local 714 Chicago launches Web Site (http://www.teamsters714.org) and Internet campaigns to compliment aggressive organizing efforts in 2005. The Internet is increasingly used by Americans to find work, purchase goods, and find information.

“We are aggressively organizing in 2005. We plan on using our Web Site and the Internet to compliment our organizing efforts by providing key information in a timely manner to employees who feel they need union representation” said, Robert Riley, Director of Organizing for the local.

According to Pew Internet Research in August 2004, 88% of online Americans say the Internet plays a role in their daily routines and over 12.6 million US Hispanics are using the Web as well, according to Neilson Net Ratings. Neilson also previously reported that households headed by blue collar workers were one of the fastest growing sectors of Internet growth.

Robert Hogan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 714 states, “We understand that times have changed. Our goal at Local 714 in the Chicago area is to secure the future of area employees. We also understand that the Internet provides us a means of communicating with the community and our membership.”

“The ability of Local 714 to efficiently communicate the benefits that the Teamsters offer to local area employees and the community at large is one of the key components for success and since Internet usage by their constituents is steadily climbing, it only makes sense that they take advantage of this tool.” says Franklin Frith (http://www.frith.cc), Consultant and Web Developer for Local 714.

About Teamsters Local 714:

Teamsters Local Union 714 is the 4th largest of the Chicago land locals, representing over 9,000 workers. Local 714 was chartered in 1939 and has over 60 years of experience and dedication on behalf of working men and women.

Local 714 is a progressive and proud local, working diligently for its members. Through collective bargaining, they have improved the quality of life for their members and families. Local 714 contracts provide the best wages, benefits, and working conditions, while protecting members' rights. Phone: 773-242-3215 Web: http://www.teamsters714.org

About the Teamsters:

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with 1.4 million members, is one of the largest labor unions in the world. It is also the most diverse union in the U.S.

To make life better for Teamsters members and their families—and for all working families—the Teamsters organize the unorganized, make workers' voices heard in the corridors of power, negotiate contracts that make the American dream a reality for millions, protect workers' health and safety, and fight to keep jobs in North America. http://www.teamsters.org

About Franklin Frith:

Frith (http://www.frith.cc) specializes in business development, business intelligence and Internet communications.

For additional information, please contact:

Bob Riley, Director of Organizing

6815 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Berwyn, Illinois 60402-1098

Phone: 773-242-3215

Fax: 708-788-4662

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