We Are Teamsters Local 853.

Together there is nothing we can’t do!






Everyone has a voice and is empowered to use it to better their livelihood.







We win because we stand and fight together.







Your fellow teamsters are counting on you to get involved. 

We Are Teamsters Local 853. Together there is nothing we can’t do!

Everyone has a voice and is empowered to use it to better their livelihood.

We win because we stand and fight together as one voice against opposition.

Your fellow teamsters are counting on you to get involved to keep us strong.

 Our Union is only as strong as our ties with each other. Sisters and Brothers, use your voice and join us as we strengthen these ties and rise up Teamsters Local 853.

Summertime Member Meetings Cancelled

July 10, 2024

In observance of the Summertime for vacationing members, a vote was taken and approved by membership to suspend monthly member meetings for July and […]

Golden Brands holds proposal meeting in San Jose

July 9, 2024

Last weekend, Teamster 853 members of Golden Brands in San Jose held a proposal meeting to discuss their upcoming contract negotiation. “We are unified […]

Teamsters 853 hosts barbecue for Costco Teamsters in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Redwood City in preparation for national contract negotiations

June 24, 2024

Teamster 853 Costco workers in the Bay Area will soon be gearing up for contract negotiations. And what better way to start getting our […]

Going Above and Beyond for Your Union

June 24, 2024

I’m proud to introduce Chief Steward for MV Transportation Half Moon Bay/Mission Bay Martin Haro. He was instrumental in bargaining their recent contract extension. […]

Prepare for your next job interview in the unionized trades

June 22, 2024

Sisters and Brothers, Be ready for your next union job when the opportunity presents itself by taking this two-hour training course. Learn about the […]

Six months of work come to fruition with the 100% ratification of these Teamsters at Watsonville Community Hospital

June 19, 2024

This Tuesday evening, the teamsters at Watsonville Community Hospital held a ratification meeting, and they voted unanimously to accept the new contract offer.This has […]

US FOODS in Livermore enter into their first contract negotiations

June 13, 2024

Now, it’s time for the payoff. These members voted to Unionize just a couple of months ago, and now are bringing their A-game to […]

Members can never be armed with enough information about workplace issues – DHL Teamsters monthly meeting, aka “The Dumpster Meeting”

June 12, 2024

– Every month, Teamster 853 members at DHL formally meet 30 minutes before the 10 AM start time. This regular check-in gives our members […]

Teamsters 853 Members at Tonys Fine Foods

Teamsters at Tonys Fine Foods are preparing for their first-time contract negotiations.

June 11, 2024

Congratulations to these new members from Tony’s Fine Foods, who got together on Sunday with Teamsters 853 President Steven Lua and Vice President Ray […]

Teamster 853 Business Agents and union officials fly to Virginia to show our support for the Teamster’s effort to organize Costco locations nationwide

May 29, 2024

This month, in Virginia, COSTCO employees did something no COSTCO location has done in 20 years. They voted to join the Teamsters. Nationally, many […]

June Membership meeting change Notice

May 28, 2024

As motioned and seconded at the membership meeting, our June Member Meeting has been changed from Thursday, June 13th to Tuesday, June 11th at […]

Rey Polhen from S. Martinelli

May 15, 2024

Teamsters Local 853 would like to extend our condolences to the family of Rey Polhen who worked as a Teamster for 40+ years at […]

Local 853 hosts CTWI fundraiser – keeping Union Labor involved in our major Bay Area Projects

May 14, 2024

The Construction Trades Workforce Initiative(CTWI) held a fundraiser and mixer at Local 853 last week. CTWI is an important organization that works to ensure […]

Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarships Available – Deadline July 26th

May 9, 2024

Sisters and Brothers, Every year the California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus awards scholarships to: Deserving High School Seniors Graduating this year, Who are: A Daughter […]

Stewards and Members Lead the way in SF City and County Bargaining

May 1, 2024

Teamsters Local 853 represents a large unit of truck drivers (Class 7355’s) and track maintenance supervisors (7251’s) employed by the City and County of […]

It is with deep sympathy and condolences to the family of 24-Year Teamster William “Scott” Proud

April 30, 2024

Teamsters Local 853 would like to recognize and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of 24-Year Teamster William “Scott” Proud, whose sudden […]

Golden Brands Sacramento Overwhelmingly Ratifies Contract at 92%

April 26, 2024

Roughly 125 Teamster drivers and warehouse workers at Golden Brands in Sacramento ratified their new four-year contract at 92% approval this week. Wages and […]

Douglas Parking Teamsters at Stanford Hospital sit for an Issue Meeting.

April 25, 2024

We give you the fine gentleman from Douglas Parking at Stanford Hospital. These Teamster 853 members are critical in making sure people have a safe way […]

California Workforce Development Board Visit – Behind the Scenes – Teamster 853 Labor leaders, members, willing companies, and government officials working together to ensure the rights of California workers

April 23, 2024

The success of the Labor movement depends on many variables. Two of the most important are the solidarity of our members and our leaders’ […]

Yellow Freight Bankruptcy Update – April 19th, 2024

April 21, 2024

Yellow Freight Teamsters Members, here is the latest update published by the IBT regarding the bankruptcy. Please download the original document to review here.

TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 7 Harry Polland/Robert Morales Scholarships Available

April 19, 2024

Sisters and Brothers, The Teamsters Joint Council 7 awards annual scholarships for Teamsters 853 members’ children and wards. Scholarships are available to all children […]

A message from the leadership of Teamsters Local 853.


Dear Local 853 sisters and brothers,

Local 853 is the combined strength of our 13,000+ members who stand together for solid contracts that improve their wages, benefits, and working conditions. You work in numerous industries, from A to Z — Artists to Zookeepers. You work across the Greater Bay Area, up to the Oregon border, down the Central Coast, and out towards Sacramento. In all, Local 853 has contracts with more than 300 employers.

Teamsters Local 853 has a long history of being a strong local, leading the way into the future for its membership. We’ve organized in many new arenas (cannabis, bussing, zookeepers, etc.) that most others would not have had the foresight to take on —and we will continue to do so. That said, not everything has been easy. Like many of our industries, we have had ups and downs during the pandemic. In addition, we had an election for new leadership and, with it, changes in our Local.

It is an honor to be elected by the membership of Local 853 and to represent you as we walk into the future together. We have a strong team of officers, trustees, business agents, and administrative staff who will work together to strengthen our Local from the ground up and ensure that it works for every member.

But this is a task we can only achieve with your support. We need all members to unite and help fight for solid contracts and better working conditions. We need all members to get involved and support your fellow Teamsters. We need all members to get to know one another and build relationships. And, most importantly, I need you to commit — like my team, and I are committing — to make this union the best it can be.

  • Together, we want to know every member at every location.
  • Together, we will work to raise ALL members for a better future and livelihood.
  • Together, we will make Local 853 the most effective and innovative local in the nation.
  • Together is how we WIN!

A great place to start is to sign up for our communication list below, so we can regularly update you on the events that affect our union and your workplace.
I look forward to working with you. If you have questions or concerns, contact me at connections@teamsters853.org.

In Union,
Steve Beck, Steven Lua, and the entire staff at Teamsters Local 853

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