About Us

Who We Are

BCTGM LOCAL # 1 UNION: We represent various workers, Confectionery and many Bakeries workers and nurse home around Chicago and in central Illinois. We negotiate and enforce your contract, settles your grievances and organized the unorganized participates on all levels of the political process gives workers job protection keep you informed holding shops meeting have stewards training, support fair labor legislation and refers members to expert legal advice for their personal protection act in your best interest with the community as well as management provides strength in numbers.

The BCTGM represents more than 120,000 working men and women in US and CANADA.
The primary goal of the BCTGM has not changed over the years: To bring economic justice in the workplace to all workers in our jurisdiction and social justice to all workers throughout the United States and Canada.

The office of Local 1 has a blend of representation Donald Woods, President since 2008, John Howard, Financial Secretary/ Treasurer/BA since 1997, Beth Zavala Recording Secretary/BA since 1998 and Rochelle Ross Organizer/BA since 2008.

Statement of Purpose

As defined by the BCTGM International Constitution, Article 1, Section 2: " The purpose of the International Union shall be to promote the material, intellectual and general welfare of all workers in the baking, confectionery, tobacco, grain milling and kindred industries by (1) organizational action; (2)education and enlightenment; (3) continuous striving to improve wage Standards, retirement and similar benefits and other conditions of employment; to reduce the hours of labor and to abolish such economic evils as may prevail or persist in these industries; (4) assistance in securing and retaining employment; (5) well-planned and effectively executed activity in the breaches and agencies of government, including activity related to proposed state or federal legislation affecting these workers and the labor movement; (6) alliance with other labor organization within the AFL-CIO or CLC in matters of common concern.  

History of the Union

The Bakery and Confectionery Workers International Union of America, one of the pioneers of The North American labor movement, was organized in 1886. In 1957, the American Bakery and Confectionery Workers' International Union was formed. In 1969, the two organizations united. The Tobacco Worker International Union was founded in 1895 and was also in the forefront of the labor movement. As it and the Bakery and Confectionery Workers ‘International Union of America shared many common goals, both organizations came to realize that those goals could Best be achieved through a merger. That merger, creating the BC&T, took place in 1978.

The American Federation of Grain Millers also has roots stemming back to the 1800's. In 1936, The National Council of Grain Processors was formed when federal grain milling union agree to unite as a national union under the AFL. In 1941, the council was renamed the American Federation of Grain Processors and in 1948 was granted an international charter as the AFGM. Shared goal and industries caused the January 1, 1999 merger between the BC&T and AFGM, resulting in the BCTGM.

Merger Agreement into Local # 1: 1A- ABC change to 1BC June 1973

  • Local # 2 Merger in December 19, 1996
  • Local # 552 Merger in June 1999
  • Local # 316 Merger in May 8, 2001
  • Local # 399G Merger in April 1, 2004
  • Local # 207 Merger in June 14, 2004
  • Local # 343G Merger in Feburary 14, 2008

This became the empowerment of Unity, Strenth and Diversity of Local # 1 from Bakery, Candies to Nursing Care Home.