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John Murphy

John F. Murphy was born in 1948 in Massachusetts of Irish immigrant parents. He attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

On the college level, John Murphy continued his education at Boston State College from 1967 — 1969 and received a degree in Paralegal Studies from Bentley College in 1979.

John Murphy became a Teamster in 1969 when he was employed at a Boston beer distributorship. John Murphy served as shop steward there before being appointed an assistant business representative for Teamsters Local 122 in 1980 and thereafter held various positions on its Executive Board.

In 1985, Murphy was elected to the principal officer’s position (Secretary-Treasurer) of Teamsters Local 122. He has been re-elected every term since then to that position. In 1995, John Murphy was elected Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL/CIO and still holds that position. In 1998, he was elected Vice President of the Eastern Region of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as part of James P. Hoffa’s slate. During General President Hoffa’ s first term, Murphy served as Director of Organizing. He is now Special Assistant to the General President for Special Projects as well as Vice President. The Special Projects position started his involvement in the merger process between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees. In March, 2005, he was appointed Director of the Teamsters Rail Conference. Mr. Murphy was re-elected for the fifth time, this time as Vice President At-Large of the IBT in November 2016.

Virginia Barnes

Virginia Barnes was elected President in 2016.  Prior to becoming President she served as Recording Secretary of Teamsters Local 122 for four consecutive terms and has sat as a member of the Contract Negotiating Committee for the Boston Housing Authority since 1992.

A union member for more than 30 years Ms. Barnes is actively involved in the Teamsters Union.  She currently serves as the Teamsters National Black Caucus Recording Secretary/Coordinator; she is an original member of the International Teamsters Women’s Conference Planning Committee; served as a Delegate to the Change to Win Conventions in 2005 and 2007.  In her position as Benefits Manager at the Boston Housing Authority she has earned the reputation of a compassionate leader and mentor to members of Local 122.

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John Shea

John Shea has been a Local 122 member since 1988. He’s currently serving his forth term as Vice-President for the Local and previously held the office of Trustee.  John is a Union activist and, as such, has traveled across the USA in support of Labor Union battles.

Recording Secretary
Christopher O'Leary

Chris has been a member of Local 122 since 2000. He also serves as the Principal Shop Steward at Martignetti Companies in Norwood. This is Chris' second term elected as Trustee.

Payton Corbett

Payton has been a member of Local 122 since 2006.  He has served as a bargaining committee representative and is a shop steward at A. A. Busch & Co.  Payton is actively involved in Union solidarity efforts and community affairs.  He is in his first term on the Executive Board.  

Christine Hansen

Chris has been a member of Local 122 since 1980 at eh Boston Housing Authority.  She has served on three bargaining committees since 2004 and has been a shop steward since 2012.  Chris was appointed to the Executive Board in September 2017.

Timothy Lawler

Tim has been a member of Local 122 since 1998.  He has served as a bargaining committee representative since 2003 and the Local Union’s principal shop steward at Charles Gilman & Sons since 2012.  Tim was appointed to the Executive Board in December 2017.

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Current Campaigns
  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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