Becky Strzechowski began her career as a teenager in a clerical position with Local 727. She was eventually elected as Vice President and Business Manager of Local 727—the first female to hold these positions. Prior to the formation of Local 700, Becky was appointed by General President James P. Hoffa to serve as the Assistant Trustee of Teamsters Local 714.
Hoffa also appointed her as his representative to Teamsters Local 179. In December 2009, Becky became the Trustee of Teamsters Local 726. She is a current member of the Central Region Policy Committee of the Public Service Division, the National Women's Caucus and a founding member of Joint Council 25's Women's Committee.
Becky graduated at the top of her class from DePaul University, earning her bachelor's degree in mathematics. While working for the Teamsters, she attended night school for four years to earn her law degree from DePaul as well. Becky comes from a law enforcement family; her father is a retired Chicago Police officer, her brother is an active Chicago officer and her sister is an Adult Probation Officer for Cook County.
She became Local 700 President in August 2012.
Barbara Cornett, Secretary-Treasurer
Barb Cornett began her law enforcement career with the College of DuPage as a Police Officer. From there, Barb moved to the Village of Hinkley and worked her way from Police Officer to that of the Chief of Police. After ending her tenure with the Village of Hinkley, Barb took a position with the University Park Police Department as a Police Officer. At the time of her departure, she had obtained the rank of Sergeant. In 1995, Barb began working with a labor organization representing various police departments and law enforcement units. In March of 2007, Barb accepted a position with the Teamsters as a Business Agent. Since that time, Barb has represented a multitude of bargaining units within Teamsters Local 700. In August of 2012, she was unanimously appointed to the vacant position of Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local Union No. 700.
Vincent F. Tenuto Jr., Vice President
Vincent Tenuto has been a proud Teamster for nearly 30 years. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Vincent began working with the union in 1997 and served as a steward with the Chicago Department of Transportation for five years. He was elected Vice President in 2011.
Michael G. Melone, Recording Secretary
Mike Melone has been a Teamster for over 30 years. He began his career with the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1981, serving as a shop steward for six years. He began serving IDOT members full-time as a business agent with Local 726 in 2002. With Local 700, Mike continues to represent IDOT workers, as well as members at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Chicago Park District, the Niles Fire Department, the Chicago Transit Authority and the Illinois Departments of Central Management and Human Services. He was elected Recording Secretary in 2011.
Billie J. Ammons, Trustee
Billie Ammons had worked at the Domestic Violence Courthouse and been a proud Teamsters for nearly 15 years– ever since she graduated from the Sheriff's Academy. She has been proud to be a member of Local 700 since its inception and is excited to watch it grow into one of the largest and most powerful locals in the United States. She was elected as one of three Trustees in 2011. Her brother, Lee Ammons, is also a proud Teamster and has worked for Cook County Department of Corrections for over two decades.
Hector Hernandez, Trustee
Hector Hernandez has been a loyal Teamster for nearly two decades. After working for the Chicago Department of Aviation at O'Hare International Airport for several years, he became a steward in 2006. Hector is also the President of the Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus and stays very politically active on his own and with his tightly knit family. Hector was elected to the Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board as a Trustee in 2011.
Gerald N. Sims Jr., Trustee
Gerald Sims has been an officer with the Cook County Sheriff's Department since 1998. He is a first generation Teamster and is proud to have been a Chicago Teamster for five years. He was elected to the Teamsters Local 700 Executive Board as a Trustee in 2011. In his spare time, Gerald stays active in many community driven activities.
Becky Strzechowski, President Barbara Cornett, Secretary-Treasurer Michael G. Melone, Recording Secretary Vincent F. Tenuto Jr., Vice President Billie J. Ammons, Trustee Hector Hernandez, Trustee Gerald N. Sims Jr., Trustee
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