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Latest News from Local 853

With labor push, Governor survives recall attempt

When all is said and done, the 2021 Recall Election will be seen as a colossal waste of money. Governor Newsom handily survived the attempt to oust him from office — just one year before the regularly scheduled election. When he won the 2018 election with 61%, that was considered

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Hundreds of jobs available at Teamster Job Fair

Local 853 was pleased to be able to sponsor our second job fair of the summer at the parking lot of our Oakland office on August 28. In all, 18 Teamster employers showed up to fill more than 350 jobs—from drivers (truck, paratransit, school bus, tech bus, and more), to

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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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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,

Despite progress, new pandemic threat imperils recovery

Our local has made great progress over the last few months on renewed contracts. Some have come easily, others were not so easy, but all include improvements in wages, covered costs for healthcare, and where applicable, pension increases. Most of our members who were adversely affected by the COVID pandemic are back to work and business seems to be picking up.  However, we are now faced with a new threat: the Delta variant; which is causing infection rates to again

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What was good about attending the 2021 Teamster Women’s Conference?

Gloria Segura
Santa Cruz

“I’ve been a shop steward for 22 years and have only been to one previous Women’s conference. You get to meet other Teamsters; That’s important because we’re one big family. We’re for one thing—our rights. Teamsters always have our back.”

Sharon Velez

“I like the sisterhood of the conference. I don’t feel like an outsider. It’s huge to be brought in. Before coming, I was intimidated and afraid to do the wrong thing, but I was really welcomed in. I’ve been a shop steward for seven years and have a lot to learn. I want to be more involved.”

Katrena Ledbetter

“I like the sisterhood of the conference. I don’t feel like an outsider. It’s huge to be brought in. I was intimidated, and afraid to do the wrong thing. I’ve been a shop steward for 7 years and have a lot to learn. I want to be more involved.”

Membership Meetings

Membership meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are 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

  • October 14, 2021 • November 11, 2021 • December 9, 2021

  • Membership meetings start at 7 p.m. Come early for pizza!


Pension Planning Meetings

To help members make their retirement decisions, 

we schedule appointments to meet with Pension Office staff

as follows:

OAKLAND: Second Wednesday of the month

WATSONVILLE: First Wednesday & Thursday of each month

SAN JOSE: Last Friday of each month (starting in October)

Call the Local 853 office staff at 510-895-8853 to 

make an appointment.