For over 28 years, Debra Simmons-Peterson worked for the Rush University Medical Center in Patient Transport. She served as a union steward for over 20 years, giving her the opportunity to communicate daily with members and work closely to resolve their issues. Debra became a Local 743 Business Representative in 2008 — a position that afforded her essential and invaluable knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the local and its membership resources. In 2010, Debra was appointed Vice President of Local 743 and was Secretary-Treasurer later that year. In 2012, she was named President of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee. On Jan. 1, 2013, Debra was officially seated as the first woman President and first African-American woman President of Local 743, following a resounding election of the Have A Voice Slate.
James Thomas first joined Teamsters Local 743 more than 20 years ago when he began working at the Rush University Medical Center. In 2010, he was elected as Trustee to the local executive board and began serving members directly as a business representative. He won election for the second time and was seated as the local's new Secretary-Treasurer on Jan. 1, 2014. James is also a union musician and professional percussionist. His band, The Soul People, has been performing in Chicago since 2002.
Vice President Catherine Schutzius has been active in the Labor Movement for over twenty-five years. She started her career in Labor as a member organizer and shop steward. She then moved on to full-time union staff in 1990.
Catherine has been an organizer, business agent, lead negotiator and is currently Teamsters Local 743's Director of Field Services. Catharine has served as the lead negotiator in over 300 contracts, representing union members working in higher education, health care, manufacturing, warehousing, food service, and hospitality as well as public sector K-12 schools and municipalities. Catharine puts high priority in successful contract negotiations, effective representation of union members as well as training and supporting union stewards.
Goleen Bradley has been an employee of the Central States Pension Fund for more than 20 years. She worked for 13 years in the customer service department before helping Local 743 members through difficult and sensitive situations for more than four years in Case Management. Currently, Goleen is a Senior Field Service Analyst at Central States, a position she has proudly held for more than seven years. On Jan. 1, 2014, Goleen was elected and seated as the new Recording Secretary of Local 743. She is a proud member of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee and the Teamsters National Black Caucus. In 2012, Goleen was elected to the Executive Board of the Chicago Chapter of the TNBC.
Beverly Sisson has been a proud and dedicated Teamster for nearly 40 years. She began her career as a Local 743 member at the Rush University Medical Center, working in the Transportation Department. After eight years, she was promoted to the Unit Clerk Department, where she remains an advocate for her fellow workers. Beverly was first elected a union steward at Rush in 1983 and has been routinely re-elected by her peers in the decades since. She is a member of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee and the Teamsters National Black Caucus. Alongside the entire Have A Voice Slate, Beverly was elected and seated as Trustee on the new Local 743 Executive Board on Jan. 1, 2014.
Alexander Ramirez is a over 20 year member of Teamsters Local 743 and veteran employee of Unisource. During the past two decades, he has worked as a picker, packer, shipper and receiver with the warehouse company. Alexander has been a loyal and long-term union steward. Together with the Have A Voice Slate, he was elected to the Local 743 Executive Board and seated on Jan. 1, 2014, as Vice President. In 2017 Alex began his new position Trustee. Alexander is a bilingual representative who is constantly striving to unite and empower Local 743 members.