Proud History

Since 1903, the Teamsters Union has helped millions of workers achieve the American Dream. Now, as North America’s strongest and most diverse labor union, the continued success is a testament to those who came before us and to those who stood up together to form a labor union. Teamsters workers have fought for the rights and privileges that today most Americans take for granted.

The best way to celebrate and appreciate the contributions that Teamsters have made to labor and American history is to learn about the struggles and victories through events that improved working and living standards for American families and communities. Click the links below to read more about the history of the Teamsters.


From colonial times to the turn of the last century, the men who drove horse-drawn wagons formed the backbone of North America’s wealth and prosperity. Despite their essential role as guardians of trade –the lifeblood of the economy… Read More


Teamsters were involved in the first transcontinental delivery of goods by motor truck. As a result of that event and other similar and other similar… Read More


In 1934 Minneapolis was one of the major hauling centers in the United States, and the major distribution center in the Upper Midwest. Thousands of truck…Read More


In times of war, Teamsters have always answered the call to service at home and abroad. During World War I, Teamsters enlisted in the armed forces and helped the military move from cavalry to motorized units. Teamsters not only… Read More


January 15, 1964 became a monumental day in Teamsters history when the first National Master Fright Agreement was signed in Chicago. This contract would provide solid, standardized protection and benefits to more than 450,000… Read More


Dignity in the workplace does not only come from good contracts. It comes from equality — something the Teamsters Union has fought for from its beginning. Women’s rights, civil rights, the rights of migrant workers… Read More


In 1959, The Teamsters recognized the need to develop comprehensive legislative and political programs within the union following the passage of the Landrum-Griffin bill and other anti-labor legislation… Read More