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IBT Locals and Joint Councils - General

Identifier: IBT0076

Scope and Contents

This collection houses miscellaneous printed matter, receipts, booklets, and event handouts from a variety of IBT Local Unions and Joint Councils. Materials are dated from 1911 to 2010.


  • Creation: 1911-2010

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

LOCAL UNIONS There are hundreds of Teamsters local unions across North America. The local unions and their members are the heart and backbone of the union. Unlike other labor unions, the Teamsters Union is structured to promote strong local unions, and strong local leaders. Since the locals negotiate most Teamsters contracts and provide most of the services to the members, they keep most of the dues money. Locals retain their own labor lawyers, certified public accountants, full-time business agents, organizers, and clerical staff. The members of each local elect their own officers, devise their own structure, and vote on their own bylaws, compatible with the International Constitution and Bylaws. While enjoying their independence, the locals benefit from the expertise and assistance of the International Union, and of the various conferences and councils in the union’s structure. JOINT COUNCILS Teamsters Joint Councils are set up in areas with three or more local unions. Joint Councils help coordinate Teamsters activities in those areas. They also help solve problems and decide some jurisdictional and judicial matters.


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This collection consists of documentation on a variety of IBT local unions and joint councils.


The collection is arranged individually by IBT local.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Guide to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Locals and Joint Councils General records, 1911-2010
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America