Our Teamster family lost a genuine role model & labor leader, Brother Theodore “Ted” Mullins.
Brother Mullins was a dedicated Teamster and Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) Chicago Chapter member who lived to help others. He was a strong figure in his communities and church, and he was a family man through and through who constantly fought tirelessly to bring empowerment to the working class.
Brother Mullins was born in Mississippi and later moved to Chicago. He was drafted into the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam where he earned the rank of Sergeant E5.
He was a 30-year member who drove for UPS, where he was part of the elite Circle of Honor Safe Drivers after attaining 25 years of driving without an accident. His brother, both as family and as a Teamster, Larry Mullins, is also a UPS member of Local 710. Brother Ted Mullins also served as President of the TNBC Chicago Chapter for many years and has a scholarship named in his honor.
Brother Mullins played an extremely active role in the community, from helping others get jobs to assisting in the relief effort from Hurricane Katrina. He was also an active campaigner and was invited to President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 for his dedication to President Obama’s campaign in 2008.
A true leader in the labor movement and the community, Brother Mullins touched the lives of so many, and will remain a role model to all Teamsters. He leaves behind an incredible legacy, and our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Ted, his brother Larry and his family, and anyone who had the privilege to have him in their lives.