Author: Joint Council 7

Member takes quick action

Local 150 member Jim Stenson is a Driver for American Metals in West Sacramento.  On August 30, 2021,  he was driving down Interstate 80 in Richmond and witnessed a carjacking in progress. A fugitive on the run from law enforcement was attempting to pull a woman out of her vehicle by her hair just 2 vehicles ahead of his tractor. 

Jim, an active shop steward with Local 150 and an 18-year veteran Class A driver with American Metals,

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Local hosts job fairs to fill employer needs and increase Teamster membership

On July 10 and August 28, Local 853 sponsored job fairs in the parking lots of the Local’s San Jose and Oakland offices, respectively. In all, 18 Teamster employers showed up to fill more than 350 jobs—from drivers (truck, paratransit, school bus, tech bus, and more), to warehouse workers, merchandisers, and manufacturing workers. Hundreds of job seekers came to check out those positions.

We thank the employers for joining us and making their positions available.

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Members ratify excellent contract early 

Local 856 Delta Dental members have overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract that provides for fully employer-paid health and welfare benefits for members and all dependents, protects jobs, and secures wage increases. 

The new agreement covers more than 500 Local 856 Delta Dental Teamsters administering important dental benefits throughout Northern California. 

 Although the previous contract did not expire until this November, Local 856 and Delta Dental management agreed to begin negotiations earlier this year in light of the global pandemic.

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Members at South SF Scavenger ratify historic, lucrative contract

The 92 members at the South San Francisco Scavengers/Blue Line Transfer Station voted overwhelmingly in favor of a historic new collective bargaining agreement at Local 350’s first in-person ratification meeting since the start of the pandemic. These members service the cities of Millbrae, Brisbane, South San Francisco, and the San Francisco International Airport.

“This is by far the most lucrative financial contract that this unit has ever had,” says Business Representative Robert M.

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Members at Auto Return in SF ratify new contract 

Teamsters at Auto Return are responsible for receiving, inventory, and releasing thousands of vehicles that are towed by the City of San Francisco each month. In July, they unanimously ratified a new 5-year agreement that gives each employee wage increases every year of the contract and improvements in the 401k plan. Auto Return members will also enjoy full maintenance of their medical benefits package throughout the agreement.

“I thank the members at Auto Return for their solidarity throughout these negotiations,” said Local 665 Secretary-Treasurer Tony Delorio.

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What was useful and exciting about attending the Teamster Women’s Conference?

Jeanette Benitez
Mt. Diablo School District
Local 856
7-year Teamster

“I’ve met different people from all over the country and learn how their unions work. I particularly like the workshops — to learn how I can go back and be a better shop steward.”

 

Maia Bailey
UCSF
Local 2010
1-year Teamster

“It’s my first conference and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I appreciate the variety of workshop offerings and the diversity of people from all over the nation.

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Helping a member displaced by fire

On May 31, a fire started near an Antioch apartment building and quickly spread to a second building where Teamster Juan “JC” Jaurgui lives with his wife and two kids. JC is a Local 315 member who works at Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery as a solid waste driver.

According to NBC News, aggressive fire response stopped further spread of the fire, caused by fireworks, but 40 residents in eight apartment units were displaced.

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Starting strong in CSU negotiations, Teamsters demand raises for essential workers

Local 2010’s Skilled Trades Bargaining Team met with California State University (CSU) management in mid-August about reopening contract negotiations on wages and benefits, in accordance with our 2020 agreement that allowed such a reopening.

At the start of the pandemic, our Union worked to extend the current contract and focus on protecting jobs and pay during the tremendous challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis. But our Bargaining Team also had the foresight to include language in our contract extension providing for the reopening of negotiations on wages and benefits as soon as CSU state funding returned to or exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

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In memoriam – Duane Beeson

Duane B. Beeson
Sept 9, 1922 – July 3, 2021

Duane B. Beeson, San Francisco labor lawyer and long-time lawyer and adviser to Teamsters Joint Council 7 died in July. He was 98 years old.

Born in Berkeley, Duane grew up during the Great Depression, graduating from Berkeley High School where he was on the track team and met his wife of 54 years, Coni. After attending Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, Duane saw combat as a sergeant in the 13th Armored (“the Black Cats”) Division in the final push through Germany during WWII.

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Building from strength and supporting members in need

Labor defeats recall

As you know by now, the Gubernatorial Recall election has been defeated. Labor’s influence, through the efforts of our members and those of all California unions, played a big part in defeating this Republican-based attempt to steal the Governorship. Had they succeeded with the recall, an anti-worker, right-wing nutcase would have become the Governor of the largest state in the nation by a mere plurality of the vote. 

This election cost the taxpayers almost $300 million and could have cost our members the gains we have made in worker’s compensation and other state-generated benefits.

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