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International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The following information is provided as a general overview/guideline and it subject to change. Information as to earnings and benefits should be verified with the trade office in your geographical area as it can vary from province to province.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters
25 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Top Officer:
James P. Hoffa, General President

The Teamsters union has several divisions, including a Building Material and Construction Trades Division. Members in this division are truck drivers who transport and haul material, merchandise, equipment or personnel between various locations--including construction sites, manufacturing plants, freight depots, warehouses, and wholesale and retail facilities. They may also load and unload, make minor mechanical repairs and keep trucks in good working order.

What do Building Material and Construction Teamsters Do?

  • Rigging
  • Demolition Work
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline Construction Work
  • Ware Housing
  • Building Supply Manufacturing

What is a Teamster's Apprenticeship Program?

In the near future, the Teamsters National Education and Training Fund will offer regional training programs. In the meantime, we can direct you to alternative resources to earn a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). A CDL is a requirement for obtaining a union position with a major or local freight carrier covered under the National Master Freight Agreement.

Teamster drivers are highly skilled due to a combination of education, training and experience. When it comes to education and training we recommend driver-training courses certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI). PTDI certifies driver-training courses that meet training standards established and recognized by both industry and government. PTDI gives students the foundation to become quality and safe drivers. The Teamsters have representation in the development of PTDI's training standards and on the PTDI Board of Directors.

How much will I earn?

You earn while you learn the trade. Union journeymen Teamsters wages and fringe benefits are negotiated on their behalf by the union through collective bargaining with signatory contractors.

Wages vary according to the geographic location of the local union. The average starting wage for 1st year apprentices is 40 - 50% of the Journeyman's wage rate plus fringe benefits. Your earnings are adjusted annually to reflect your advancing skills and increasing knowledge of the trade.

What type of work will I do?

The Construction Teamster is a truck driver whose job can be quite diversified, depending on the size of the contracting firm for whom he or she is employed. Teamsters skillfully operate a variety of trucks, including flat beds, tandems, ready-mix and dumps. Construction Teamsters are an important part of a construction team because they are responsible for delivering the materials to the jobsite.