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 […]

Ready Mix Truck

State updates prevailing wage for West, South Bay

July 21, 2021

The Department of Industrial Relations ruled in favor of a Teamster petition to require the prevailing wage for ready-mix drivers who do on- and off-hauling to and from construction sites in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. This means that the minimum rates for this work go from $33.85 to $69.07 per hour. […]

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Laundry workers

Laundry facility workers get union after card check agreement

July 21, 2021

A majority of the 15 drivers, janitors, and maintenance workers at Crothall Healthcare in Gilroy filed cards to show their interest in joining Local 853. These workers had a laundry list of grievances, including safety issues, favoritism, mistreatment, and lack of respect. Surprising everyone—including organizer Pablo Barrera—the company recognized the unit without having to have […]

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Trucks outside Safeway dairy

The future looks bright for our last remaining dairy processing plant

July 21, 2021

The nearly 100 members at the Safeway Milk Plant in San Leandro unanimously ratified their new four-year contract on July 8. “These members worked through the pandemic, supplying milk and other products for Safeway and other brands. The company has been investing a lot of money into expanding the plant for new lines, like almond […]

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Local hosts Job Fair in Oakland – August 28

July 21, 2021

After our highly successful San Jose job fair in July, Teamsters Local 853 is sponsoring an Oakland job fair on August 28. It will be held from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, August 28 at our Oakland office parking lot: 7750 Pardee Lane. Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of their resumé. They\’ll […]

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Ray Torres on TV

Teamster Job Fair – in the news

July 8, 2021

See info about the Job Fair on the news…. KPIX Story

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Teamsters host in-person job fair

June 28, 2021

Were you laid off due to the pandemic shutdowns? Do you hate your job but want to keep good Teamster wages and benefits? Do you know someone out of work? Come to the Teamster Job Fair on Saturday, July 10 (8 a.m. to Noon) and/or spread the word! Fourteen Teamster employers who collectively have more […]

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Mass killing in San Jose is just too close

May 26, 2021

(May 26, 2021)  This morning, a gunman killed eight Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) workers and himself at a union meeting of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 in San Jose. Teamsters Local 853 also has members who subcontract to the VTA. The following is a statement by Teamsters Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise: “Fortunately, our members were safe from this horrific event. However, this is […]

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Vaccines enable us to move past the pandemic

May 18, 2021

By Rome Aloise —  We have all been dealing with the effects of COVID-19 for over a year now. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on many of our members and their families, with a number of our members passing away due to the virus. Many of our workplaces have been affected adversely and many members […]

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853 comes out in solidarity

May 12, 2021

Local 853 members who work at UPS gathered at the San Jose Giant\’s Stadium to stand in solidarity with insurance salespeople who work for AAA Insurance and are seeking union representation. According to Local 853 Busines Rep Johnny Gallegos, \”the company bought out the stadium to union-bust.\” Local 665 launched its organizing drive with the […]

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Local 853 members salute

Best contract yet at Westrock

May 6, 2021

In March, the 25 members who work at Westrock, a paper and packaging company in Milpitas, unanimously ratified their first successor contract since the merger with Local 853 took place. The four-year agreement is reputed to be the best these shipping and receiving have ever approved. “The negotiating team fought long and hard with the employer to stay […]

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Teamster drivers bring community to vaccine clinic

April 22, 2021

Delivering vaccinations to low-income people has been one of the greatest challenges for public health leaders. Not only are these community members at greater risk of getting COVID, but they’re also less likely than the general population to have either online access to make appointments or the transportation to get to clinic sites. Starting on […]

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Coronavirus vaccination record card. Surgical mask divided into two parts and syringe. Concept of defeating Covid-19

Local urges members to get vaccinated

April 21, 2021

We have all been dealing with the effects of COVID-19 for over a year now. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on many of our members and their families, with a number of our members passing away due to the virus. Many of our workplaces have been affected adversely and many of our members have suffered layoffs […]

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Standing up for Safety

April 20, 2021

On April 19, Local 853 members who work at UPS joined union members across the state in Sacramento to call on elected leaders to support AB 701, introduced by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). This bill develops a warehousing policy aimed at decreasing worker injury and making transparent the debilitating quotas set by giant corporations, […]

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Counting votes over zoom

April 9, 2021

The pandemic has changed how many union processes are conducted, including elections and vote counting. On March 29, Business Rep Mike Henneberry and Chief Steward Vanessa Wadley counted the ballots that members who work at Zenith Administrators in Alameda submitted on the issue of restructuring and strengthening their pension plan. But this time, they did […]

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Rally for Teamster jobs postponed…for now

April 9, 2021

At a time when Netflix has raked in $25 billion in revenues, up $5 billion from the previous year, the company is changing bus contractors, which may result in up to 29 Local 853 drivers losing their jobs and a lowering of wages for the replacement drivers. Local 853 is in talks with Netflix and […]

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Polland/Morales Scholarship—Deadline July 1

March 25, 2021

Please see the link below for information about the Joint Council 7 Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available to the children and grandchildren of active Local 853 members who are in good standing and will be based on a combination of academic achievement, school and community service, and financial need. In addition to completing the application […]

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Local\’s Union Hall becomes vaccine clinic for a day

March 24, 2021

Local 853’s Oakland union hall was turned into a vaccine clinic on Saturday, March 27. The Alameda County Central Labor Council, a co-tenant in our building, brought together their affiliated unions to do outreach to their members. In all, 430 union members were excited to get the Johnson & Johnson “one and done” vaccine. “This […]

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President makes forceful statement in support of union representation; Teamsters respond with pride and hope

March 2, 2021

In a remarkable video statement supporting the right of workers to join unions, recorded on February 28, President Biden has completely upended not only his predecessor but almost every president over the last century. The statement was released as nearly 6,000 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama are voting in a union representation election. […]

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After push by union, paratransit drivers are deemed \”first responders\” – eligible for COVID vaccine

February 4, 2021

Since the pandemic began, paratransit drivers who transport the sick, the elderly, and the disabled in small buses have been at great risk for COVID. After a plea from Teamsters Union and the San Francisco paratransit company TransDev, the City and County of San Francisco agreed that these workers should be considered “first responders” and […]

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Using PLAs to get work at SFO

December 15, 2020

The concrete work at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is covered under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). “Unions work hard to get PLAs on big projects because they create a level playing field for wage rates,” says Business Rep Stu Helfer. “It means that non-local companies can’t come to the expensive Bay Area and […]

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Hoffa Scholarships available now for high school seniors

December 15, 2020

Deadline: Extended to March 8, 2021 The deadline for this year\’s James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) Academic and Vocational/Training Program scholarship applications is now March 8. The fund looks forward to a record number of applications from high school seniors who are the sons, daughters, or financial dependents of Teamster members. The scholarship […]

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Essential workers keep working through pandemic, but nearly 20% of membership is not

December 15, 2020

When the pandemic struck in March, the entire economy came to a screeching halt. Travel, hospitality, sports and the arts were the first to shutter. But it was clear that not everything could stop. People needed food, health care, and a variety of services and somebody needed to do that work. Often, those somebodies were […]

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Concrete drivers step up for a co-worker in need

December 15, 2020

When Jorge Vasquez got cancer, he didn’t want it to stop his daily work routine, because he’s the sole supporter for his wife and son. Business Rep Eddie Venancio reports that Jorge continued to work at Westside Building Supply in San Jose while he was getting chemo treatments. But when Shop Steward Jonathan Pinney, who […]

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Looking forward to a better new year

December 15, 2020

By Rome Aloise —  With only a little bit of hesitation, I will say that I am happy this year is finally coming to an end. For all of us, 2020 has been quite a hardship—with new and constant threats to our members and your families. We do have something good to look forward to […]

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Membership appreciation event continues—pandemic style!

December 15, 2020

For the past 25 years, Local 853 has held an annual Membership Appreciation event that included breakfast, door prizes, a huge raffle, convenient flu shots, and the opportunity to hear about the State of the Union. Back when it started, the event attracted a few hundred members. Over the years it has grown to bring […]

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SF Street Sweepers win big grievances

December 15, 2020

Business Rep Dan Harrington reports that he won two separate grievances for some San Francisco street sweepers. In the first case, he was able to overturn a 5-day suspension through expedited arbitration, and the member, Annie Romero, got a back pay check covering all five days. In this case, Romero was suspended for participating in […]

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Vote as if your future depends on it – it does!

October 11, 2020

By Rome Aloise —  You should already have received your 2020 ballot. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so as soon as you can. Use the Guide in this newsletter and see our local recommendations at teamstersjc7.org/endorsements. This edition of Connections is mostly about the election and your union’s recommendations for candidates and propositions. […]

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Statement on the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

From that momentous day in 1968 when Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa stood with Martin Luther King in support of the Memphis garbage strikers, the Teamsters Union has not only stood with Black leaders, but has fought to be all inclusive, making equal pay for equal work, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation, a […]

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Teamsters are Essential Workers!

May 3, 2020


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Update on COVID-19 for all Teamster members

May 2, 2020

By Rome Aloise —  We have put together a special edition of the Local 853 Connections to make sure you are getting information from your union that, given the current circumstances, is as helpful and timely as it can be. We are experiencing unprecedented and historic times. None of us have seen anything like this […]

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COVID-19 Update

March 20, 2020

Important COVID-19 information from Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise Rome Aloise COVID statement Please read the statement linked above. The document includes important information from Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, our legal consultants, on your rights and responsibilities in the current crisis.

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Coronavirus: Resources & Info for Workers

March 18, 2020

Get the info you need from the California Labor Federation!

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Thank You, Teamsters!

March 18, 2020

A Message from Local 853 Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise Local 853 members are in many cases working harder and longer to make sure the general public is taken care of during these trying times. Some work with the public like our Costco members, trying to help the public while they are hoarding toilet paper and getting […]

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Landmark settlements on key contracts

March 15, 2020

By DENNIS HART As we close the chapter on 2019, your Local is once again in the forefront of settling historic contracts and setting the highest standards for other Locals to meet. This past year, our Business Agents and Officers settled numerous contracts including: liquor, Costco, Busing, Pepsi Cola, the City and County of San Francisco, and many more. In the coming year, […]

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