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Latest News from Local 853

Important notice for all members at UPS

UPS has just announced that they will be reducing wages for the lowest-paid classifications. This is a unilateral move that the Teamsters Nor-Cal Committee rejects and will fight, especially as contract negotiations near. “The Nor Cal Committee is committed to doing everything available including filing charges against UPS, holding “day

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COVID safety – in the Local 853 office

While the Omicron variant may be mostly mild for those who are vaccinated, it is still running rampant, infecting people in astronomical numbers. The challenge is the large number of people who are asymptomatic but can still spread the infection. As a general reminder, especially during these uncertain times, no

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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,

My final column 

By the end of January, I will no longer be Principal Officer of Local 853. These past 54 years as a Teamster, and 36 years serving as a Teamster official on the local, Joint Council, and International levels, have been an amazing ride. It has been the honor of my life to serve the growing roster of members of Local 853 and to do all in my power to improve your working conditions, wages, benefits, and lives. When I started

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What do you appreciate about Local 853?

Edith Johnson

Durham Transport.

“I appreciate how the union helps us. Some of the things that we needed to get done have gotten done—including getting us a big raise. The union is just there when we need it.”

John Jaurique
Young's Market

“Brotherhood. Togetherness. Unity. Strength. Focus. As one.”

Tom Gent
(& Sonny)
Westside Building Materials

 “With the union, I have a voice. It provides me a way to get paid a legitimate wage and I have representation. The union continues to negotiate good contracts for us.”

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

  • February 10, 2022 • March 10, 2022 • April 14, 2022

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


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.