Teamsters Local 710 Staff
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Ted Barnhart Dick Bartolo Chuck DeCola Ron Dillon Anthony Lamy Neil McKinney Simon McNamara Mike Ramirez Phil Reams John “Shaggy” Rule Del Schaefer Bernie Sherlock Mick Vendafreddo
Union Since 1991, Business Agent since 2015
U.S. Navy Veteran Barnhart joined the Local 710 freight team as a Business Agent in October 2015. Prior to that, he was a Road Driver at ABF for nine years where he drove over one million miles without an accident. Barnhart has also been involved with the Steelworkers and Paperworkers unions in Indiana and served as a steward for two years.
Union Since 1980, Steward for 25 Years
Bartolo has been a union member at Jewel for 37 years. He sat on the last eight bargaining committees fighting for stronger contracts at Jewel and served as a steward for 25 years. He is now the Business Agent for the Jewel Warehouse, as well as several other shops.
Teamster for 46 years, Business Agent for 15 Years
DeCola has been a Teamster since 1969 when he began at Yellow Freight as a spotter/dock worker, becoming a steward in 1984. For Local 710, he has been involved with labor lobbying, served on the bylaw and freight negotiating committees and worked as an organizer. DeCola serves as the chairman on many grievance panels and has been elected as a Delegate.
Local 710 for 29 years, Steward for 21 years
Dillon worked as a Package Car Driver for UPS at the Tri-City facility in Westville, Ind. for 28 years. He was a steward for over two decades, serving on two Teamster bargaining committees for UPS contract negotiations. Dillon joined the Local 710 team as a Business Agent in 2014 and services UPS members in northern and central Indiana.
Local 710 since 1979, Business Agent Since 2008
Lamy started off in the carhaul division and now serves on its national negotiating committee and manages a variety of contracts at 710. He has been an elected CFL delegate for 7 years and has experience as an organizer and DRIVE coordinator. Lamy is the co-chair for the Central/ Southern Carhaul Arbitration Committee and chairs many Local 710 grievance panels.
Teamster for 31 years, 710 Steward for 12 years
McNamara began his UPS career in 1984 at the Rockford, Ill. facility. He became a package car driver in 1989 and served as a Local 710 steward for twelve years before joining the UPS team as a Business Agent in February 2015. He represents UPS members in northern Illinois, including the facilities in Rockford where he worked.
Teamster for 21 years, 710 Steward for 17 years
McKinney worked as a Package Car Driver out of the UPS Evansville facility for over two decades. He served as a steward for 17 years there before joining the Local 710 team in 2016. As an active member in both his union and community, McKinney has headed-up several charity projects. He now works representing 710 members in southern Illinois and Indiana.
Teamster since 1997, Business Agent since 2013
Ramirez has been with the Teamsters for nearly 20 years. He worked as a driver before becoming a Business Agent with Local 743. He is a familiar face at Local 710, having driven for Local 710 companies and being active at membership meetings. Ramirez also serves as the Executive Vice President for the Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus and speaks fluent Spanish.
Local 710 Freight Teamster since 1990
Reams has been a Teamster for 27 years, starting on the dock with Carolina Freight (now ABF) in 1990. He has a great deal of experience representing the members as a steward and attending grievances. While working at ABF, he became a trained spotter and attended the 2011 International Convention as an Alternate Delegate.
Teamster for 26 Years, Steward for 17 Years
Rule began his union career with Yellow in January of 1989 as a dockworker. He was elected as a steward in 1998 and served for 17 years. During his tenure at Yellow/YRC, he also worked as a saftey trainer and qualified as a spotter. He began as a Business Agent for Local 710 in October 2015 to represent members in the freight industry.
26 Years as UPS Teamster, Steward for 20 Years
Schaefer began his union career at UPS in 1989. He became a driver five years later and became a steward at the same time. He served on the Local 710 bargaining committee for the UPS Contract in 2002 and 2013. Schaefer joined the UPS Business Agent team in 2014, servicing members in central and southern Illinois chairing several grievance panels.
Union for 40 years, Business Agent Since 1992
Sherlock has been a union member for over four decades with the CTDU and IBT. When the CTDU merged with Local 710 in 2001, Sherlock brought 4,200 members & a wealth of experience with him. He has chaired many grievance panels and has over 25 years experience as an agent. He also has experience serving as a Trustee on union Health, Welfare and Pension Funds.
Union Since 1971, Business Agent for 30 Years
Vendafreddo began as a union member in the Trade Show and Movie Division in 1971, bringing in freight for trade shows, and driving for movie and TV shoots. In 1985, he became a Business Agent for Local 714 and has represented Teamsters as an agent and organizer ever since. He has served on union executive boards and as a Trustee on various funds.