What Happened Around the Local

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.

Teamsters Lead the Way in City & County of San Francisco Negotiations

January 19, 2024

On January 17, well over 2,000 union members representing 22 unions gathered out front of SF city hall to demand a just & equitable […]

Teamster 853 Members Operate The Last Salt Harvesting and Packaging Company in the United States: Cargill Salt: Take A look inside at the Members that Keep this company running smoothly.

January 17, 2024

Some info about the sea salt that comes from the last American sea salt manufacturer right in our Bay Area backyard in Newark, CA.  […]

Teamsters 853 Meets with District 20 Assemblymember Liz Ortega to discuss Labor-related priorities for the Hayward, San Leandro, Dublin, Union City, and Pleasanton Working Communities.

January 16, 2024

On Saturday, Teamster 853 Staff met with Assemblymember Liz Ortega to discuss Labor-related priorities for the Hayward, San Leandro, Dublin, Union City, and Pleasanton […]

Gillig Members Fill the House to Capacity and Ratify Historic Contract.

January 8, 2024

Yesterday, Gillig bussing members showed up in force and overwhelmingly voted to ratify their new contract. It was the highest percentage ever for a […]

It’s Official! US Foods Drivers Vote “Union Yes” and Join Teamsters Local 853

January 5, 2024

Unions are in an endless battle, fighting corporations to secure fair wages and benefits for the workers who make those companies successful. Corporations are […]

Thank you to each and every Teamster 853 member who came out, supported, or participated in some way – You made 2023 a huge success.

December 27, 2023

Turnout of sheer numbers are where we get our power. That is why we have good contracts, pay, and benefits. Because we stick together […]

Teamsters 853 Members for Oakland Zoo

It’s Official: Oakland Zoo Keepers are Teamsters!

December 23, 2023

This week, votes were tallied to ratify the first-ever Oakland Zoo Zoo Keepers agreement between Local 853 & the zoo. The results were overwhelming; […]

December Monthly Member Meeting

December 13, 2023

Our monthly member meeting for December is this Thursday, December 14th, at 7 PM. Show up and participate in the events and decisions that […]

Teamsters Local 853 Representatives Attend This Year’s COPE Convention to Ensure Working People’s Voices Are Heard

December 12, 2023

Unions and politics go hand-in-hand. Without legislators (Elected Officials) to make laws to protect working people, our Union efforts would be very difficult to […]

Oakland Zoo Teamsters Ink First Union Contract

December 11, 2023

After eleven and a half months of negotiations, zoo keepers at the Oakland Zoo signed off on the first union contract ever at the […]

DHL Members at Teamsters 853 Are Standing With CVG DHL – Do What You Have to Get the Contract You Deserve!

December 6, 2023

1500 Teamster members from Local 100 in Northern Kentucky and Ohio who work for CVG DHL voted to Unionize earlier in the year. Since […]

In a Hard fought battle, PFG Drivers in Gilroy gave a lot worse then they got and prevailed. They voted to Unionize!!

May 1, 2023

“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 […]

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ABF members at Local 853 are ready for the fight! Read the contract update here.

May 1, 2023

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee met last week with ABF Freight to continue negotiations for a new national agreement to succeed the ABF NMFA which expires on June 30.Progress was made on a number of supplements. At the national table, the parties discussed significant issues including the union’s objection to any inward facing […]

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I’m just one member of Teamsters Local 853, What can I do?

April 26, 2023

Sisters and Brothers, For the entire time you will be a Teamsters 853 member, you will hear from the leadership to get involved with your union. We throw out slogans like “We are stronger together”, and “Strength in numbers”. But what does it really mean to get involved with the Teamsters 853 union? What can […]

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MV Transporation Half Moon Bay votes and ratified contract, the vote was unanimous to accept!!

April 24, 2023

MV Transporation Half Moon Bay votes and ratified contract, the vote was unanimous to accept!! MV Teamsters, great job sticking together and getting a strong contract!!!

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a great day. After having to be off work the last month during the Pajaro Valley floods, Driscolls Teamsters are back to work.

April 24, 2023

As many of us know, the flooding in the Pajaro Valley has been devastating to the Agriculture business and the workers who support that industry. This past week, Driscolls workers in Watsonville returned to work after being off for a full month due to the floods. Welcome back, Driscolls Sisters and Brothers.

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S. Martinelli & Co Holds First Contract Proposal Meeting

April 24, 2023

A contract proposal meeting for S. Martinelli & Co was held this past weekend. “This is a contract where inflation hit us hard because we had negotiated the previous agreement during Covid.” Said Ralph Campos, Business Agent for Teamsters Local 853. “The members are ready and eager to do what is necessary to achieve a […]

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UPS Members, April 21st Update – Please Sign Up Here for Future Updates

April 21, 2023

Last week General President Sean O’Brien put out a statement that National would not begin to bargain until all supplements are complete. The NorCal committee had the week of April 10th as the 3rd and final week scheduled for negotiations but we have to make this a priority for our members. We met on Monday […]

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DHL in Sunnyvale Rally Big to Support DHL CVG workers in Ohio and Kentucky

April 21, 2023

In a world where Corporations spend huge amounts of money and time to aggressively prevent workers from unionizing, Unions have a secret weapon. The truth. The truth that Unions provide better wages, benefits, working conditions, and safety for workers in just about every industry across the Country. But Unions don’t have the millions to go […]

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Show Up and rally with Teamsters in Sacramento in support of AB 316

April 18, 2023
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UPS NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE – April 14TH

April 17, 2023

UPS Teamsters Sisters and Brothers, The Nor Cal Committee met with the company this week for the third and final round of negotiations prior to the start of National negotiations. The session ended on 4/14/23 with no real movement. The company was given a history lesson on the origin and intent of long-standing language. The […]

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Teamster 853 Members Make Public Statements & Successfully Convince San Jose City Council

April 15, 2023

Teamster 853 members Alex Obeso and Ramon Castillo from Premier Recycle, along with Business Agent Jesse Casqueiro and Vice President Ray Torres, made statements to the San Jose City Council this week. Their statements were made to convince the San Jose City Council to extend wage theft protections to public works projects. They were successful […]

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Teamsters General President Makes Surprise Stop at Teamsters Local 853

April 14, 2023

The staff at Teamsters Local 853 were caught off guard this morning by a surprise visit from Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien, who was in the area for other business and thought to stop by. “He just showed up this morning at the front window,” said Kim Drinkward, Teamsters Bookkeeper, “everyone was surprised and excited […]

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DHL Day of Action for Sisters & Brothers in Cincinnati Ohio/Northern Kentucky

April 13, 2023

Teamsters 853 Sisters and Brothers, Over 1000 workers will soon vote in a union election at DHL Express’ biggest international package hub in the US. DHL Express managers have increased pressure on these workers with repeated acts of intimidation, threats, and retaliation. As their election date draws near, these workers need your support to know […]

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S. Martinelli & Co. New Contract Meeting

April 13, 2023

Sisters and Brothers at S. Martinelli & Co. We have a new contract meeting scheduled on April 23rd to begin preparations for your new contract. Please be sure to attend. Tenemos una nueva reunión de contrato programada para el 23 de abril para comenzar los preparativos para su nuevo contrato. Por favor asegúrese de asistir. […]

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Teamster 853 Leadership Attends the Annual Brewery and Soft Drink Conference in Tampa

April 11, 2023

Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beck was speaking to Teamsters across the country at the annual brewery, bakery, and soft drink conference in Tampa, Florida. Steve spoke at length on the importance of protecting the three-tier system in the liquor industry to preserve good-paying union jobs. He also shared a recent victory under the leadership of Director Jeff […]

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Join our Panel discussion and Organizing workshop based on the Historical Coors Boycott and Strike of 1973

April 9, 2023
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Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarships Available

April 7, 2023

Sisters and Brothers, Every year the California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus awards scholarships to: Deserving High School Seniors Graduating this year, Who are: A Daughter or Son of an active Teamster whose dues are current with his/her Local Union; And are: Attending or have been accepted by an accredited University, College or Trade School. If you […]

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Alliance Graphics Teamsters – 33 Years and counting as the Standard Bearer for Union-Made Graphics, Design & Products

April 4, 2023

Here are the Local 853 members at Alliance Graphics; they are proud union professionals who are also artists. They’ve been designing and producing union-made hats, buttons, t-shirts, decals, coffee cups and a ton of other items at Alliance since 1990. In an industry where the lowest cost often dictates success, these dedicated professionals at Alliance […]

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Golden Brands in SF Ratifies Four(4) Year Contract with a Full Recommendation from the Union Negotiating Committee

April 3, 2023

Teamsters at Golden Brands in San Francisco on Saturday ratified a four-year contract that had the full support of the Union Negotiating Committee. 87 of 117 members in the unit showed up Saturday morning to vote. “I’m extremely proud of these members and want to say special thanks to my STRONG, VOCAL & FOCUSED negotiating […]

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After Decades in South San Francisco,124 Teamsters with Matagrano Beer Move to Hayward

March 31, 2023

Teamsters at Matagrano Beer’s new facility in Hayward. After decades of being in South San Francisco, all 124 Teamsters at Matagrano Beer were asked to report to duty 30 miles away in Haward, CA. There was a mix of reactions from members. For some, the move brought them closer to home, and for others, farther […]

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853 Teamsters from UNFI, Pepsi, UPS, Costco, Recology,RNDC, Grief and many others show up to rally around Performance Food Group Members on their decision to unionize.

March 31, 2023

Our brothers and sisters at PFG, who have taken up the fight to organize, met their Teamster Local 853 Union family yesterday outside their facility. Supporters and members from all over the area, including the Gilroy City Council, South Bay Labor Council, representatives from Assemblymember Robert Rivas’s office, Pepsi, Central, UPS, Costco, Recology, Grief, RNDC, […]

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UNFI Drivers Bust the Union Buster’s Lies Being told at Performance Food Group(PFG)

March 30, 2023

Performance Food Group drivers in Gilroy. Your vote is on April 6th. We understand that your company has hired some professional union busters to come in and create doubt and fear in your minds that a Union will not benefit you. Performance Food Group nationally is extremely anti-Union and will never give you a fair […]

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Ready Mix Drivers from Graniterock and Las Animas concrete meet for upcoming contract negotiations.

March 29, 2023

Strength in numbers – Ready mix drivers from both Graniterock and Las Animas concrete met today to discuss negotiations for their upcoming contracts. We are focused on getting these members a very well-deserved pay raise.

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Del Mar Foods Members kick off the first contract negotiation meeting with what’s expected to be a hard-fought battle for living wages in one of the most expensive counties in California.

March 27, 2023

led by Teamsters Local 853 President Steven Lua, we kicked off a contract campaign for Del Mar Foods members who are ready to rise up and fight for the wages they deserve.

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Scholarship Available to Teamster Children and Dependents

March 27, 2023

This scholarship is named for Harry Polland, the long-time Joint Council 7 Economist who was responsible for negotiating and improving Teamster contracts throughout California.

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Teamsters 853 Provides Flood Relief for Watsonville & Pajaro Community Members

March 23, 2023

Teamsters Local 853 represents members who were impacted by these floods and to date, members from S. Martinelli, Del Mar Foods, and H.A. Rider have been relocated to shelters and hotels while they wait for

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Email System Update

March 21, 2023
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UPS Negotiations Update – March 17th

March 19, 2023

Teamsters Local 853 Sisters and Brothers working for UPS, The Northern California Teamsters Committee met the week of March 17, 2023, and concluded a weeklong bargaining session with UPS on the Nor Cal Sort and Supplemental Agreements. The Committee continued working on proposals and counterproposals, however, there have not been any new tentative agreements. Many […]

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Teamsters International Vice President Tom Erickson shows support for Workers at PFG Gilroy

March 17, 2023

Teamsters Internation Vice President Tom Erickson gave a strong shout-out to the Performance Food Groups workers in Gilroy, California, in support of their unionizing vote. Steve Beck, Ray Torres, and the entire staff at Teamsters Local 853 were also commended for the work they are doing. It takes this kind of support to make sure […]

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A Great Victory over Wrongful termination with Full 18 Months Back Pay and benefits

March 16, 2023

Sisters and Brothers, a great victory to share with you. Patricia and Lucas were both wrongfully terminated at Kelloggs 19 months ago. After a lot of hard work coordinated by Ray Torres and shop steward Eric Calderone, we are happy to report that Patricia and Lucas are both back at work along with their Back […]

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Performance Food Group in Gilroy – Congratulations – Let’s get it done and get to the finish line.

March 13, 2023

Performance Food Group in Gilroy, On behalf of Teamsters Local 853, we want to congratulate you on taking the first step to better Wages, Benefits, and Protections at your workplace by voting to unionize. Our entire local of 13,000 members have your back and will support you in getting to the next step of getting […]

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In a heated battle, Teamsters President Sean O’Brien call out senator for being a greedy CEO

March 9, 2023

Sisters and Brothers, In the battle for labor rights, there are two sides. On our side, Unions fight to provide workers with good living wages and benefits for the work they do. On the other side are the employers and corporations that tirelessly pursue the exploitation of workers. Reducing wages and benefits so that they […]

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Teamsters 853 Sisters and Brothers – 300 Companies – 13,000 Members Strong

March 8, 2023

Teamsters Local 853 represents more than 13,000 members at more than 300 companies—from the Greater Bay Area out to Sacramento, and down to the Central Coast. If you meet a brother or sister from one of these companies, say hello! Bakery • Beverage & Liquor • Passenger Transportation • Cannabis • Car Rental/Dealerships • Construction […]

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Teamster Privileges

March 8, 2023

Teamster Privilege Everyday Savings offers members-only savings on everything from renting a car to sending a bouquet of flowers. Teamster members can save money by taking advantage of all of the Everyday Savings benefits! CAR & TRUCK RENTAL DISCOUNTS Rates and discounts are available at participating locations in US and Canada. For reservations, call the numbers listed […]

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Join union workers for a fun day at the ballpark

March 8, 2023

Join your brothers and sisters in the labor movement for a great game in Oakland – A’s vs. Yankees on April 15. Contact the Alameda Building Trades Council (btca@btcalameda.org) or the Labor Council (xsanchez@alamedalabor.org) for details on how you can get tickets to this event.

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Special Posting re: Southern Glazer’s

February 28, 2023
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Hoffa Scholarships still available to Member’s children and dependents

January 19, 2023

Every year the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to qualified children and financial dependents of Teamster members. Academic scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 for high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university and Training/Vocational program awards of up to $2,000 for use at community colleges and trade schools. […]

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Oakland zookeepers vote to join Teamsters

December 29, 2022

What happens when you have a motivated workforce, a solid organizing team, and connections with local politicians? The workers at the Oakland Zoo just found out when they voted on September 30 by a four-to-one margin to unionize. Teamsters Local 853 is proud to welcome the 55+ zookeepers at the Oakland Zoo and looks forward […]

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853 members elect new leadership

December 8, 2022

In December, Local 853 held its first contested election of officers in thirty years after ten “white ballots” (elections by acclamation). At the nominations meeting on November 7, two slates of candidates for office were nominated. From that moment, through to the final vote tally a month later, the two groups traversed the local and […]

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Drive-thru celebrates Local 853 members

December 8, 2022

In our largest drive-thru membership appreciation event yet, more than 800 members came by Local 853’s offices in Oakland (Oct. 29), San Jose, and Watsonville (Oct. 30). They filled out a card to enter the raffle and collected a Local 853 long-sleeved t-shirt. The Local has held this event since 1993, but until the pandemic […]

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Enlisting Facebook to help make Canon Business do the right thing

August 24, 2022

Getting a union is not easy, as the 50 workers who run the mail room for Meta, the parent company of Facebook, will attest. They work for a contractor called Canon Business Services. Back in the fall of 2021, they contacted Local 853 determined to gain union representation because, according to Business Rep Pablo Barrera, […]

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Winning JC7 Scholarship is a family affair

August 24, 2022

When Local 853 chose its winner of the 2022 Harry Polland/Bob Morales Joint Council 7 Scholarship, they didn’t realize how much that choice was a family affair. Nathan Sanchez, the winner, is the son of Paul Sanchez, who has worked at Southern Glaziers Wine and Spirits in Union City for almost 15 years, the last […]

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Giving thanks to the union

August 24, 2022

There’s an old saying in the union world: 10% of the members take up 90% of the time of business reps. It’s always the squeaky wheel who gets the attention and not often does the union hear from members about the good job their doing. So, when Business Rep Stu Helfer opened his email and […]

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Hallcon pays out big bucks

August 24, 2022

When Hallcon, a contractor that runs commuter shuttle buses for the tech industry, terminated a driver for falsification of records, the union fought back—and won! Hallcon had fired a member for not showing up for work one day, but the union disputed that very fact. The company had stopped having members use the electronic timeclock […]

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AB5 is the law of the land

August 24, 2022

On June 30, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case. As a result, AB5 is the law of the land. Huh??? By setting out a clear definition of who should be an “employee” and who can be an “independent contractor,” AB5 is the law written to rein in the growing “gig” economy. Local 853 […]

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Saving Watsonville Hospital (and more than 50 Teamster jobs)  

August 24, 2022

Business Rep Steven Lua reports that in December, Watsonville Community Hospital filed for bankruptcy. If this, the only hospital in Watsonville, were to close, it would be devastating not only for the 55 Teamsters who work in the business department, but for the entire community. Lua and the Teamsters sprang into action. Working with Joint […]

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Surprise closure and quick action for workers at AB (Oakland)

August 24, 2022

Sadly, the big Anheuser Busch (AB) distribution facility in Oakland got sold and suddenly closed in July with minimal notice. Local 853 represented 113 drivers, warehouse workers, draft technicians, merchandisers, and salesmen at that facility. “We only had about two weeks\’ notice, which, besides being terrible for our members, didn’t even meet legal requirements,” says Business Agent […]

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Taking care of laid-off Amy\’s Kitchen workers

August 24, 2022

Teamsters Local 665 has been working to organize the workers of Amy’s Kitchen in Santa Rosa for many months. Unite HERE was working on an organizing drive with the San Jose group. Suddenly, on July 18, with no warning, the company closed the manufacturing operations at its San Jose facility effective immediately. Upon hearing the […]

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Serving the members in Watsonville & Santa Cruz

August 24, 2022

On June 8 and July 6, Local 853 brought its barbeque to Watsonville and Santa Cruz literally to serve the members! The Local held BBQs at Watsonville Hospital, where about 24 members came out; the HA Rider bottling plant, where they fed 50 members, and at Driscoll’s (Fruit & Vegetable Growers, Packers & Shippers), which […]

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Premier Recycling votes Union YES!

August 24, 2022

About 35 drivers who work for Premier Recycling in San Jose voted Union Yes in May. These drivers drop off and pick-up recycling bins at construction sites. “This was a dog fight,” says Business Rep Pablo Barrera. “The company brought three union busters to the worksite—and they’re still there. But we still won the election […]

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