Chants of “We want Quinn!” rang out along the docks of Chicago’s International Produce Market on Wednesday as Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and rank-and-file members walked with Gov. Pat Quinn in support of his re-election.


Gov. Quinn, a former member of Teamsters Local 786, faces a staunch anti-union candidate in Illinois’ General Election on Nov. 4. As Teamsters Joint Council 25 continues its get-out-the-vote campaign ahead of the election, Hoffa arrived in Chicago to greet the governor, speak with Teamster members and urge workers statewide to re-elect the pro-labor legislative leader.


“Pat Quinn is Illinois’ ‘Jobs Governor,’ he’s the right choice for working families and he’s the Teamsters’ choice to keep Illinois moving,” said John T. Coli, President of Joint Council 25. “Early voting is already underway across Illinois. Working men and women need to cast their ballots now to ensure we have a governor who stands up for the rights of working people. Don’t wait until November 4. Vote for Pat Quinn today.”


Coli walked the docks alongside Hoffa and Gov. Quinn, greeting members of Teamsters Local 703 who showed their support with “Teamsters for Quinn” stickers, pins and rally signs. Joint Council 25 officially endorsed Gov. Quinn for re-election as his campaign kicked off last year.


Thomas W. Stiede, Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council 25 and Local 703, was also on-hand at the produce market. He and the Teamsters’ General President spoke with workers individually to stress how critically important it is for Illinois voters to get behind Gov. Quinn and cement his second full-term in Springfield.


“We are less than two weeks away from Election Day, which means we’re another day closer to securing victory for Pat Quinn,” Stiede said. “Gov. Quinn fights for workers and fights for job every day in Illinois. Because of his leadership, the state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in nearly seven years. We need to keep families working statewide, we need to keep this trend going. To do both, we must re-elect Pat Quinn.”


Earlier this year, Gov. Quinn and Hoffa met at the Teamsters’ headquarters Washington, D.C. to champion further job growth in Illinois. Coli and Hoffa committed the Illinois Teamsters’ full support to Gov. Quinn. Staying true to that pledge, Joint Council 25 is coordinating with its 27 statewide local unions to distribute literature, knock on doors, work phone banks and put the necessary boots on the ground to bring home a win for Gov. Quinn and for working people on Nov. 4.



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Teamsters Local 703 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.




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