We are pleased to announce Jeff Cooper, better known as “Coupe” by his friends and members, as the new Vice President for Teamsters Local 89!
Prior to becoming the Vice President, Jeff served as a Local 89 Trustee from 2010 to 2014, when he became Recording Secretary.
Jeff has a long history with Teamsters Local 89. A third generation Teamster, after his grandfather’s career in freight and his father’s career in both freight and Carhaul, Jeff was raised from birth knowing what it meant to be a union member.
In June of 1990, Jeff joined Teamsters Local 89 when he took a job at Jeffboat. Within a month, he was a section steward. He left Jeffboat in September of 1991 as a highly skilled First-Class Welder. Later, in February of 1994, he began working at the Kentucky Truck Plant and where he served his fellow members as Chief Steward for six of his seven years of employment. He also served on two Local Rider committees during his time at the truck plant and was a volunteer on the successful organizing drive at the Carhaul Shelbyville Mixing Center.
In January of 2000, Jeff was given the chance to prove himself at the next step of leadership when he was hired by President Fred Zuckerman and made the Business Agent for Local 89’s Construction Division, a position he still holds today. In his role as an Agent, Jeff quickly became renowned as one of the most aggressive and successful negotiators in the area. Never afraid of a fight, he has supported members in their battle for stronger contracts by leading numerous powerful and successful strike efforts.
In addition to his leadership roles at Teamsters Local 89, Jeff has also been recognized by his peers in the Kentucky State Building and Constructions Trades where he serves as that organization’s Secretary-Treasurer. He also sits as a member of the Central Region Policy Committee for IBT Construction Division.
“I’m humbled to have risen so far in Local 89, but this isn’t about me. It’s about our members,” said Jeff. “I don’t need no notoriety or anything like that. Whether it’s at the bargaining table or a picket line, I do what I do to help the working folk we represent.”
From President Zuckerman, Secretary-Treasurer Thompson, the Officers, Agents, and Staff of Teamsters Local 89, congratulations Jeff!