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Chris Tongay


“I’ve always been a person who wants to help. It’s that dedication to service that I appreciated as a Steward, and I wanted to continue in a deeper role. Teaching our members and Stewards to protect their rights on the job is very important to me.”

Chris Tongay performs many roles for Local 688: Group Coordinator, Business Agent, Real Estate Manager, pension Trustee, even unofficial tech support. He finds the work of Business Agent rewarding, particularly when he is able to negotiate a better contract for workers or help a member who was unjustly fired get their job back. “I enjoy this kind of work. I like fighting for members,” Tongay said.

Career Overview:

– Currently Manages: 2 shops (around 3,000 members): UPS, Sears Service

– Labor Experience:

  • 1986-2001: Driver, United Parcel Service (Full-time, 1996-2001)
  • 1989-2001: Shop Steward, United Parcel Service
  • 2001-Present: Business Agent, Local 688; President/CEO, 688 Real Estate Corp; Group Coordinator for Local 688 Business Agents

– Appointments:

  • Chairman, Teamster-UPS Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Joint Area Grievance Committee
  • Trustee, Teamster Negotiated Pension Plan
  • Union Co-Chair, UPS Central Region 9.5 Committee
  • Teamster-UPS Central Region Negotiating Committee

– Personal:

  • Family – Married wife Christine, a public school teacher, in 1989. They have a daughter, Hannah, who is in college studying architecture.
  • Hobbies/Interests – woodworking; golf; flying (is a licensed pilot); owns a 2007 Harley FXDWG and rides as much as possible
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