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Latest News from Local 853

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Local 912 merges into Local 853

Local 853 is pleased to welcome the 1,000 members of Watsonville-based Local 912 to the fold. The merger of the two locals was finalized in July, 2021. “We reached out to [Local 853 Secretary-Treasurer] Rome [Aloise] to see what we could do to benefit our membership,” said former Local 912

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Local sponsors first-ever Teamster Job Fair

Local 853 held our first job fair on July 10 in the parking lot of our San Jose office. Over 170 job-seekers attended the event and applied for the numerous driver, warehousing, merchandiser, and manufacturing positions offered by 14 different employers. We were told that this was the first in-person

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Member Resources

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  • Local 853 works with a wide variety of health and welfare plans, retirement and pension plans, and more. For a list of the plans that serve most members, click here. If you don’t know which plan(s) you have, contact your business agent or call the office at 510-895-8853.
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Rome Aloise,

Vaccines enable us to move past the pandemic

We have all been dealing with the effects of COVID-19 for over a year now. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on many of our members and their families, with a number of our members passing away due to the virus. Many of our workplaces have been affected adversely and many members suffered layoffs and loss of work. Most of our members work in jobs that are essential to keeping the economy moving, food on the table, medical supplies available, and much more. This year

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Sean Ross

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“I hope there’s a vaccine, that we have a new President, and that we get more members in the Teamsters to build a stronger union.”

Karla Aguirre

Karla Aguirre

“To go on vacation, get a new car, and get my daughter set up for college.”

Ed Miller
Bimbo's Bakery

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“Definitely to get past COVID to see beautiful faces again. I want to get out, travel and see things. And, I hope the election goes really well.”

Coming Events

Membership meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings will be both in-person and on Zoom.

In-person meetings are held at our Oakland union hall: 7750 Pardee Lane. To attend in person, masks must be worn at all times. Due to social distancing, available seating in the meeting hall will be limited.

To attend on Zoom, you must register in advance at this link

  • August 12, 2021 – Membership Meeting    7-8 p.m

  • September 9, 2021 – Membership Meeting  7-8 p.m

  • October 14, 2021 – Membership Meeting – 7-8 p.m.