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.

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 […]

Five Teamster Business Agents are sworn in as Alameda Labor Council Delegates

April 9, 2024

Teamster Local 853 would like to recognize five Business Agents, Gloria Segura, James Long, David Crawford, Ralph Campos, and Jonathan Pinney, for being sworn […]

Bimbo bakery drivers show up in force for proposal meeting on Saturday.

April 1, 2024

Bimbo bakery drivers showed up in force for their proposal meeting this past Saturday. It was a good meeting that covered a wide range […]

Kick-off meeting at Driscoll’s – discussion around pension, health care, and the upcoming ratification vote

March 29, 2024

Teamsters 853 held a kickoff meeting this week with Bill Quinteros who presented pension benefits along with Teamster 853 President Steven Lua who reviewed […]

Teamster 853 Members at Alhambra Water Engage in Practice Picketing after voting unanimously to authorize a strike

March 20, 2024

Members at Alhambra Water voted unanimously to authorize a strike and engaged in practice picketing yesterday morning at four Bay Area locations. Progress of […]

Teamsters Reyes Coca-Cola Ratifies new contract and operations changes by an overwhelming 93% YES Vote

March 13, 2024

This past Saturday, Teamsters Locals 70, 315, 896, and 853 voted by a margin of 370-29 to ratify a new contract and an extensive […]

PFG Success – Performance Food Group drivers Ratify unbelievable contract at 100% YES

March 11, 2024

This past Saturday, 80 Performance Food Group drivers in Gilroy assembled at the company to vote their first contract. It was a tremendous success […]

Skilled union workers from Teamsters Local 853 delivered the first sustainable, low-emission vehicle fleet to ABQ RIDE in New Mexico.

March 6, 2024

GILLIG, America’s premier heavy-duty transit bus manufacturer, built by skilled unionized workers represented by Teamsters Local 853, proudly announces the delivery of the first […]

Teamster 853 members at Prudential Overall Supply meet to discuss their new contract proposal.

March 4, 2024

This past Saturday, members from Prudential Overall Supply had a proposal meeting to discuss their upcoming new contract. Stick together, listen to your committee, […]


March 1, 2024

Sisters and Brothers, One of the most powerful tools we have for gaining strong contracts against greedy corporations is our numbers at the ballot […]

S. Martinelli & Co. Step Up above and beyond for their fellow workers and a ratifies 3-year contract with 91% approval.

February 19, 2024

Saturday morning, over 130 members of S. Martinelli & Co. gathered to vote on their new agreement. The members secured improvements to both language […]

Del Mar Foods ratified their new 3 year agreement today with an approval of 98%.

February 19, 2024

Del Mar Foods ratified their new 3-year agreement today with an approval of 98%. This contract improves working conditions and a cumulative wage increase […]

The fight against autonomous vehicles continues with a new political season and a new Assembly Bill AB2286 – and Teamsters 853 is there standing up for members statewide.

February 16, 2024

Public safety and good-paying Teamster’s jobs are on the line. In light of many public safety incidents that have risen in the past year […]

After 59 years in business, Bottomley will close its doors on Friday, most Teamsters to Move over to Matagrano.

February 15, 2024

Due to changes in the marketplace, longtime distributor Bottomley will close its doors for good on Friday, February 16th. They have been in business […]

Teamsters Local 853 Secretary-Treasurer And National IBT Liquor Representative Steve Beck leads discussions on Organizing and politics in the liquor industry.

February 7, 2024

Hundreds of representatives from Teamsters local unions across the country participated in workshops this week at the annual Teamsters Brewery, Bakery, and Soft Drink […]

February Member Meeting is Thursday, February 8th

February 5, 2024

Our monthly member meeting for December is this Thursday, February 8th, at 7 PM. Show up and participate in the events and decisions that […]

Teamsters 853 Stewards at Coca-Cola Have a Full Plate with territory restructuring and Contract Expiration this summer.

February 3, 2024

Coca-Cola stewards Jerry Trujillo and Jason Aguilar sit down with members of Teamsters Locals 315 and 70, along with members of the company management, […]

Gatorade contract is stronger because of a strong relationship between the company and our members.

January 31, 2024

It’s not always the case that to win a fight, you have to bloody someone’s nose. Case in point with PepsiCo brand Gatorade and […]

Bimbo Bakery Teamsters Ratify Excellent Contract

January 29, 2024

Under the leadership of the bakery chairs Don Garcia & Mike Pratt, and with the assistance of the IBT Director Jeff Padellaro and IBT […]

Yellow Freight Bankruptcy Update

January 26, 2024

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

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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