Local 517 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Landers proudly announced that the 63 employees at NutraBlend, a subsidiary of Land O Lakes in Madera that manufactures agricultural feed, voted by a large margin to be represented by the Teamsters. Ballots were counted September 1, 2022. Landers is looking forward to securing them a great first contract.Keep reading
Author: Joint Council 7
Sysco talks progressing
In March, the 100 or so food service delivery drivers at the Sysco facilities in Fresno and Modesto voted to become Teamsters with Locals 431 and 386, respectively. Bargaining began in early June, and the company has agreed to have one contract for both Locals.
At press time, negotiations have been completed around seniority, grievance procedure, bidding language as well as territory. “We are beginning to talk economics and we will get our new hard-working members the benefits they deserve,” said Local 431 President Peter Nuñez,Keep reading
JC7 turns out for TNBC
Not only did Joint Council 7 locals send a large delegation to the annual Teamsters National Black Caucus conference held in August in New Orleans, but one of our own —Catherine Cobb, President of Local 2010— was an honoree at the banquet. Congratulations to Catherine for the leadership she has shown statewide on behalf of the workers at the University of California and Cal State University.Keep reading
Teamster women take Seattle
From Sept. 18-21, Seattle was taken over by 1,200 Teamster women—with a strong showing from JC7. The conference, led by Local 856’s Ashley Alvarado (left), was filled with workshops, speakers, and a spirited march to Amazon headquarters (above).Keep reading
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TransDev workers join the Teamsters
Drivers, mechanics and dispatchers working for Transdev Transportation have voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 665. The workers provide paratransit services for San Francisco, Santa Rafael and other cities throughout the Bay Area.
“These workers demonstrated immense solidarity and enthusiasm throughout this campaign and we’re honored to represent them,” said Tony Delorio, Local 665 Secretary-Treasurer. “We’re looking forward to bringing this momentum to the bargaining table.”
“We’re 100 percent committed to organizing as much of the transit and paratransit industries as humanly possible,” said Matt Taibi,Keep reading
Enlisting Facebook to help make Canon Business do the right thing
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, “the management team was unprofessional, disrespectful, and acting as bullies. Wages and benefits are generally poor and the company shows obvious favoritism for the paltry wage increases it does offer a few workers.Keep reading
Pandemic caused increase in members seeking substance abuse treatment
The number of union members and their family members seeking substance abuse treatment through TAP has increased by 20% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, more clients have reported experiencing anxiety and depression. The largest increases appear to be the use of opioids, stimulants, alcohol, and marijuana.
TAP and TARP have been able to respond to the increased demand for treatment and are available to help Teamsters and their families who are dealing with alcohol and drug-related problems.Keep reading
SF Scavenger mechanics join Teamsters
Mechanics at South San Francisco Scavenger Company in South San Francisco voted to join Teamsters Local 350. The nine-worker unit voted by mail and ballots were tabulated on August 17.
“I want to commend these workers for their courage and thank them for their genuine curiosity about what it means to be in a union and to be represented,” said Business Representative Robert Sandoval. “These workers who make the operations run want to know their rights and what can be afforded to them personally through collective bargaining.”
The mechanics at the South San Francisco Scavenger Company were one of the few remaining non-union worker groups within Local 350’s jurisdiction.Keep reading
Stewards seminar attracts big guns
It’s not often that the Teamsters General President shows up at a union training, but Local 150 members hosted President Sean O’Brien at their July 16 steward seminar in Sacramento.
After Secretary-Treasurer Dale Wentz welcomed the group and thanked the Stewards for attending on their day off, Chris Rosell, Director of IBT Organizing, spoke about the importance of organizing for our union. O’Brien served as the Keynote Speaker, talking to the stewards about the International’s commitment to winning and defending strong national contracts,Keep reading