Thomas W. Stiede has been a member of Local 703 since 1977. He first joined the Teamsters while working as a warehouseman for Dominick’s Finer Foods. Tom was swiftly appointed as a union steward to ensure better representation for grocery and foodservice members and was appointed a Local 703 Sergeant-at-Arms in the 1980s. Following an extended local trusteeship in the early 1990s, a new leadership slate was elected by the members of Local 703 and Tom was seated as Secretary-Treasurer in 1995. Members have continued to re-elect Tom as their dedicated and proven leader in the years since. Tom was appointed by General President James P. Hoffa to the International's Warehouse Division for the Central Region in April 2011.
Tom became a Plan Manager with the Chicago-Area Benefit Trust Funds in 1995 as well. In the early 2000s, he joined the Teamsters Volunteers in Politics political action committee for Teamsters Joint Council 25. In 2004, Tom was officially elected as a Trustee on the Joint Council 25 Executive Board. In the years that followed, he also served as Recording Secretary before being elected the Joint Council's Secretary-Treasurer.
Tom has been an active supporter and tenured contributor to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He is committed to educating fund trustees throughout the union to protect and sustain the benefits earned and received by Teamster members everywhere. Tom became the Secretary of the Foundation in 2014 and will be appointed President in 2017.