Local 3 is a labor union with a long, rich history. It was established in Illinois in January 1941, as a local affiliate to the Distillery Workers International Union. The founders of Local 3 came up in the time of “Repeal”- the repeal of the nationwide prohibition of alcohol that had been the law of the land. The re-legalization of alcohol manufacture and distribution created, almost overnight, a new industry with many new job opportunities. In its early days, unrepresented workers were often taken advantage of by wealthy business owners scrambling to secure their own advantages in the new industry.
Local 3’s mission was clear – to make those new jobs good ones, with high wages, benefits, security, and respect. The union organized workers in the distilling, distribution, and retailing segments of the new industry. We fought for, and achieved, collective bargaining agreements providing our members with top wages, benefits and working conditions. Over the many decades since our founding, we have a proven track record of continuous improvements for our members. A key component of our success has been our ability to work within the framework of both intense government regulation and labor law, to our members’ benefit.