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Latest News from Local 853

Counting votes over zoom

The pandemic has changed how many union processes are conducted, including elections and vote counting. On March 29, Business Rep Mike Henneberry and Chief Steward Vanessa Wadley counted the ballots that members who work at Zenith Administrators in Alameda submitted on the issue of restructuring and strengthening their pension plan.

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Polland/Morales Scholarship—Deadline July 1

Please see the link below for information about the Joint Council 7 Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available to the children and grandchildren of active Local 853 members who are in good standing and will be based on a combination of academic achievement, school and community service, and financial need. In

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Local’s Union Hall becomes vaccine clinic for a day

Local 853’s Oakland union hall was turned into a vaccine clinic on Saturday, March 27. The Alameda County Central Labor Council, a co-tenant in our building, brought together their affiliated unions to do outreach to their members. In all, 430 union members were excited to get the Johnson & Johnson

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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,

Looking forward to a better new year

With only a little bit of hesitation, I will say that I am happy this year is finally coming to an end. For all of us, 2020 has been quite a hardship—with new and constant threats to our members and your families. We do have something good to look forward to in the New Year—a new President will be sworn in on January 20, 2021. I must say, from a union standpoint, this gives me hope. The current President has

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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
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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 are currently being held on Zoom.
To attend, you must register in advance at:

Watch this space for notification of when we can go back to in-person meetings again.


  • May 13, 2021 – Membership Meeting – 7-8 p.m. on Zoom

  • June 10, 2021 – Membership Meeting – 7-8 p.m. on Zoom

  • July 8, 2021 – Membership Meeting – 7-8 p.m. on Zoom