Building Trades honors Local 853's Stu Helfer

Photo of Local 853 staff support Stu Helfer

“I might have thought that they only honored me because there was nobody left to honor,” says Stu Helfer about being named Delegate of the Year by the Alameda County Building Trades Council at its event in June, “but it’s only their second year of holding awards, so I must be doing something right.”

Actually, Stu has done a lot right for the members since he started as a Teamster in 1979. Soon after taking his first Ready Mix job, he got involved with Teamsters Local 291. In addition to being a steward at Berkeley Ready Mix, he was elected first to be a Trustee of Local 291, then Vice President and finally President of the Local. When that local merged with Local 853 in 1998, he became a business agent. Stu was elected Chair of the Teamsters Northern California Construction Committee in 2014, and in 2015 was appointed to serve as Local 853’s Recording Secretary.

Stu has worn many other titles and has held many positions, all with an interest and passion for Teamsters and the improvement of the quality of life for the membership and all members of organized labor.

“As the Beatles say, sometimes people need a little help from their friends to get by. When people band together and come to the union, the union is the friend that they need.”

As for his award, Stu is quick to share the honors with Rome Aloise. “He taught me all I know. And, of course, it’s great to have the membership behind me. This is an award for everybody here,” he says with pride.

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