Author: Joint Council 7

California Teamsters take on Sacramento to call for end to worker misclassification

Teamsters from more than 15 local unions within California Joint Councils 7 and 42 took part in a hearing and lobby day in Sacramento in support of legislation to help end misclassification. The Lobby Day was sponsored by the California Labor Federation.

In April, the California Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. vs Superior Court of Los Angeles, referred to as “Dynamex,” simplified the test for determining whether a worker is classified as an employee for minimum wage and overtime protections.

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Bento (Ben) Leal

1926-2019

We are sad to announce the passing of Ben Leal, who died only a few days after suffering a stroke,

Born on a dairy farm in Newark, CA, Leal proudly served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, and spent most of his professional life as an organizer and leader in the Teamsters union.

Ben started his career with the Teamsters in 1956 as an organizer. In addition to serving as Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 856 from 1982-1994,

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Members fight to restore salary steps

Teamsters Local 2010, in coalition with its sister union at the CSU system, CSUEU, has co-sponsored legislation (AB 369 sponsored by Assm. Weber) to restore salary steps for CSU employees across the state.

“This is a fight to restore basic fairness for CSU workers,” says Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 2010. “Our hard-working CSU members deserve to receive step increases like every other worker in state service, and we will continue to bring Teamster power to bear until AB 369 is signed into law by Gov.

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Teamsters complete Southport Levee Improvement Project

Local 150’s Construction Division has completed the work on the Sacramento Southport Levee Improvement Project, providing flood protection to the City of Sacramento.

Starting with three Teamster drivers, AECOM began work on this project in 2017. Until the project was completed late last year, Local 150 members placed approximately 20,000 linear feet of setback levee, with 3 breaches of existing levee and breaches varied in length from 1,100-1,400 feet. All told, members ran  38 Articulated Dump Trucks and three Water Trucks These members worked six days a week March through November,

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Recology clerical unit ratifies new contract

The small but vital clerical unit at Recology South Valley and representatives of Teamsters Local 350 met on July 19, 2018, to discuss what they would like to see on their next contract. After nearly 7 months of hard-nosed negotiating, led by Recording Secretary and Business Representative Sergio Arranaga with the assistance of Adriana Munoz-Noriega, they were able to successfully hammer out a 5-year contract that the members ratified unanimously.

“The negotiations took longer than expected,” Arranaga says.

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Garden City Clerical – 100% Yes!

As the heart of Garden City and Milpitas Sanitation, the clerical unit is responsible for the accounts and is at the forefront of customer service as they answer customer questions and concerns. After months of negotiations, the nine members in this hard-working clerical unit voted unanimously to ratify a new 5-year contract that will raise wages, protect the employees, and reward them for the hard work they do every day.

Virginia Jimenez, an 18-year Teamsters Local 350 member,

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Retirees raise funds for Camp Fire victims

Thousands of people,  including several Teamsters, lost their homes and jobs in the Camp Fire last November. Rising to the occasion, Teamsters Local 2785 Retirees Club President Bob Silva reports that their club held a raffle in December that raised a nice donation for the victims.

The need is still great. If you’re interested in giving, one good place would be to the Oroville Hope Center. You can find their Camp Fire assistance page at:

www.orovillehopecenter.org/services/camp-fire-donations

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Big back pay settlement

When feeder drivers discovered that their pay for the New Year’s Day carry-over on January 2, 2018, was both late and incorrect, the Local filed a grievance.

After nearly a year’s worth of talks, the company agreed that the workers were, in fact, owed the money. In February, checks totaling more than $14,000 were distributed to the affected feeder drivers.

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$100 Grand arbitration win

DC2 recently prevailed in a charge filed by Grief Packaging to the US District Court (Central District of CA).

Greif Packaging originally paid some of its employees “red-circle” above-scale rates. After the collective bargaining agreement came into effect, the company reduced these employees’ wages without notice.

DC2 filed a grievance and went to arbitration contending that the company violated the contract and the employees should be entitled to above-scale rates. The Arbitrator agreed and ordered the restoration of the red-circle rates and back pay.

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Members help Butte County deal with animals after devastating fire

Last fall, devastating fires left families centered in Paradise, CA, displaced from their homes and communities with the monumental task of rebuilding. The Camp Fire was dubbed the worst in California history because of the tragic number of lives lost and structures destroyed.

In the midst of it all, pets and other animals were caught up in the confusion and often separated from their owners. To help manage this problem, employees from the City and County of San Francisco’s Animal Care &

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