Author: Joint Council 7

UNFI Drivers in California Choose Teamsters Local 853 Representation

Drivers Join UNFI Workers Across the Country in Seeking Better Working Conditions

(SAN FRANCISCO) –– Drivers with the largest natural and organic food supplier in the United States, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), have chosen representation by Teamsters Local 853 in Oakland.

The 31 drivers based out of Gilroy, Calif., transport supplies for UNFI to major clients like Whole Foods, Amazon, Genentech, Sprouts and Google.

The drivers are seeking fair scheduling and compensation for excess hours,

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Teamsters Say Death of San Francisco Waste Worker Exposes Dangers of the Job

Long Hours Jeopardize the Health, Safety of Drivers and Public at Large

(WASHINGTON—February 15, 2018) – The following is a statement from Teamsters Solid Waste & Recycling Division Director Ron Herrera in response to the death of Jeremy Gordon, a Teamster and 24-year driver at waste provider Recology, who died late last week in a collision while delivering a garbage compactor to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

“The Teamsters are saddened by the tragic passing of Local 350 member Jeremy Gordon last Friday while going about his daily routine,

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Drivers at UNFI in Gilroy vote to join Teamsters

In January, drivers with the largest natural and organic food supplier in the U..S., United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 853 in Oakland. The drivers are seeking fair scheduling and compensation for excess hours, seniority for overtime, improvements to safety and a shorter wage progression, among other gains.

The 31 drivers, based out of Gilroy, transport supplies for UNFI to major clients like Whole Foods, Amazon, Genentech,

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Teamsters on Robots: If You Can’t Beat ’em, Build ’em

Source: Bloomberg Law

Organized labor as a whole is staring down the barrel of automation, but Teamsters in Silicon Valley have found a way to get a shot at jobs in the tech industry.

Manufacturers are gearing up to send delivery robots onto sidewalks, and cities are developing regulations to control sidewalk traffic when the bots are ready to roll. Some California cities have agreed to include in those regulations provisions that encourage the robot makers to hire unionized workers for jobs in the industry.

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Statement on Bus Attack Impacting California Teamster Drivers, Tech Shuttle Passengers

Teamsters Working with High-Tech Employers to Ensure Safety

(SAN FRANCISCO—January 18, 2018) –– Teamster shuttle bus drivers safely navigated through an apparent pellet gun attack on commuter shuttle buses this week along Highway 280. Buses sustained damage in the attack, but there were no reported injuries to the drivers or passengers.

Two out of the five buses damaged were operated by Teamsters Local 853 members working for Loop Transportation and Compass Transportation and transporting employees for Apple.

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Apple, Google buses rerouted on Peninsula after apparent shooting damages windows

Source:  The San Francisco Examiner

Several tech buses have rerouted to use U.S. Highway 101 after someone apparently shot a pellet gun at the buses on Interstate Highway 280, damaging the buses’ windows.

San Francisco’s “Google buses,” a term used for various tech commuter shuttles, have been vomited on, stalled by protesters dressed like clowns and parodied as pinatas.

Now an unknown assailant apparently used a pellet gun to shoot at the windows of commuter shuttles ferrying Apple and Google employees while they traveled down Interstate Highway 280 near Woodside Road on Tuesday,

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Teamsters Proud to Partner With Robotics Innovators in San Francisco

Robot Delivery Drivers, Manufacturers Will Be Teamster Members

(SAN FRANCISCO—December 13, 2017) –– California Teamsters are applauding the passage of legislation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week that will create a permitting process for delivery robots.

The legislation will allow for companies that are based in San Francisco and have a labor peace agreement to conduct research and development and deploy human-operated robots that will deliver essentials, including groceries and meals.

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Amazon Shuttle Drivers Join Teamsters

Drivers for Amazon Contractor WeDriveU Join Local 853 via Card Check

(OAKLAND, Calif.—December 12, 2017) – Commuter shuttle drivers for Amazon chose Teamster representation today via card-check agreement. The approximately 40 drivers are employed by Amazon contractor WeDriveU in Santa Clara and South San Francisco to transport Amazon staff.

“We are the union for high-tech company drivers and we are pleased Amazon drivers chose Teamster representation,” said Rome Aloise, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 853 and President of Joint Council 7.

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Teamsters Joint Council 7 Mourns Loss of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Aloise Recalls a “Good and Honest Man” Who Helped All People

(SAN FRANCISCO—December 12, 2017) –– The following is a statement by Teamsters Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise on the news that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away early this morning.

“I am saddened by the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He was a good and honest man who left us much too early. He was a supporter of working women and men,

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Teamsters Applaud Santa Clara County VTA for Shuttle Safety, Transit Planning Vote

High Tech Commuter Shuttle Policy Will Enhance Safety for Drivers, Passengers

(SAN FRANCISCO—DECEMBER 12, 2017) –– The Teamsters Union applauds the passage of a commuter shuttle policy by the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) that will enhance safety and transportation planning. The policy will benefit transit and shuttle passengers, as well as thousands of Teamster drivers who operate tech commuter shuttles in the county.

The policy passed unanimously by VTA includes a permitting program for high tech company shuttle buses that use public bus stops.

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