Congratulations to Randy Nave, Teamster 853 member at Gillig, who retired last week. Randy had over 40 years as a Teamster!! Here are a few snapshots at the Barbecue that Gillig threw for him on a beautiful day outside the plant.
“Randy has had a wonderful career and is due his ride into the sunset.” Said Steve Beck, “But in true Teamsters fashion, he has assured me with upcoming contract negotiations slated for later this year; he will be ready for anything that we at Teamsters Local 853 need from him, even after his retirement. That’s what Teamsters are about!”
On May 21st, over two hundred Tech Shuttle Bus drivers who perform work on Meta, Apple, Amazon, and Tesla voiced their frustrations loud and clear and voted unanimously to turn down their offer. “They want a contract that will provide a livable wage.” Said Teamster 853 Business Agent Stacy Murphy. “The Union has been in negotiations for 11 months now, fighting to maintain what these members have, as well as building on what they need. We are in for a tough battle and prepared to do what it takes! Stay tuned…”
Local 853 members at Douglas Parking in Jack London Square Oakland unanimously ratified a new three year agreement. “The contract includes solid wage increases, improvements in health and welfare, additional holidays, widening of the bargaining unit, and enhanced retirement security,” said Business Agent and Recording Secretary Mike Henneberry. “Douglas JLS Local 853 members get the job done for the public and each other!”
Can you spare time to show up and support your fellow members on their strike?
After voting to unionize a year ago, Premier Recycle drivers’ negotiations have been met with stall tactics, their safety and grievance concerns remain ignored, there is unwarranted surveillance, and a general environment of hostility to these drivers. So today, they start their strike.
And we are asking you to help. Show up and support their picket line. If you are in the South Bay today, stop by and give them your time and your support.
Watch this space for updates.
Where and When:
348 Phelan Ave.
San Jose, CA
Starts May 10th
Anytime after 3am
“Performance Food Group didn’t pull any punches against their drivers. They hired union busters, intimidated and threatened drivers, and terminated employees.” Said Ray Torres, Vice President of Teamsters Local 853. “But in the end, these drivers understood the value of sticking together and successfully voted to unionize. We now look forward to getting these drivers the contract they deserve.”
Teamsters Local 853 has strategically focused on Performance Food Groups as they are the second largest food delivery company in the United States, only behind Sysco.
The leadership of Teamsters Local 853 has been closely following and supporting these efforts along with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. There are many more PFG workers who could benefit greatly from unionizing, and Teamsters Local 853 is on the march to secure those workers’ jobs.
“PFG workers were determined to win representation with Local 853. They were united from the start and only grew stronger as their campaign progressed,” said Tom Erickson, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. “PFG workers are part of a growing movement for workers in the warehouse industry. They stood strong and fought back against this anti-union employer and won big. This victory shows that when workers stick together and take a stand, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish.”
Congratulations to all of the PFG drivers who voted to take control of their future.