Drivers testified to the DMV at a January 27 hearing about their on-the-road concerns about the introduction of Autonomous Trucks without human drivers. Powerful stuff. This is not only about safety on the road for Teamster drivers and the driving public, it’s also about the future of good driving jobs in this country. Thanks to Assembly Member Cecilia Curry-Aguiar and Tom Lackey for introducing AB316; this bill will ensure that all vehicles over 10,000 pounds have a human operator.… Read more »Keep reading
The UFW and supporters marched 335 miles from Delano to Sacramento to get public support for AB 2183. This bill would enable voting in union elections by mail or at an Agriculture Labor Relations Office,enabling farmworkers to vote without the threat of employer intimidation.
On August 26, supporters came to Sacramento for a rally—honoring those who walked during the heat of summer and pushing the governor to sign the bill.
JC7 was there—President Jason Rabinowitz addressed the crowd,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
Solid 5-year deal at C&S
Local 150 has secured another unprecedented contract for its members at the C&S/GMD Warehouse in Sacramento.
“Business Agent Doug Secord has negotiated and ratified one of the best contracts ever for our members,” says Local 150 Secretary-Treasurer Dale Wentz. “Doug was able to secure an increase in wages of $5.25 over five years, with $2.25/hour the first year of the contract, and a $1.00/hour increase in pension contributions over the term of the contract.Keep reading
Great concrete contracts
Local 150 ratified a historic agreement with Cemex in February. Ron Cannizzaro served as chief spokesman, backed up by a tough fighting committee, reports Local 150 Secretary-Treasurer Dale Wentz proudly. “The end result of these negotiations was double-time pay, and $8 an hour over three years—the highest wage increase that the members have ever seen.”
Similarly, at Syar Concrete, Wentz reports that members were able to secure a $5 an hour raise the first year of the contract,Keep reading
New contract at Syar Industries
The members at Syar Industries recently ratified their new three-year contract. “This may be the most lucrative contract that the Sacramento and the Fairfield plants have ever seen,” says Secretary-Treasurer Sal Lomelli.
The members will receive $7.50/hour over the three years. They decided to take $5.00/hour in wages in the first year. $.75/hour in wages and $.50/hour in the pension in year two, and $.50/hour each in wages and pension in year three.Keep reading
Best contract with Save-Mart
On October 15, the Teamsters working at the Save Mart Distribution Center ratified a 3-year contract that includes upgraded medical insurance through the Northern California General Teamsters Security Fund, improved bidding procedures, and significant pension and wage increases.
“This is the best contract our Save-Mart members have ever earned,” said Secretary-Treasurer Dale Wentz. Business Agent Conor Tobin assisted Principal Spokesperson Ron Cannizzaro during the long negotiations. “Ron’s experience and expertise were apparent every step of the way,” Wentz added.Keep reading
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,Keep reading
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,Keep reading
ABG members stand strong for good contract
The members of Teamsters Local 150 who work at Avis Budget Group (ABG) recently ratified their richest contract ever—in Sacramento and perhaps in the nation. “The Vehicle Service Agents (VSAs) are a strong and unified group at the Sacramento International Airport who were determined and fearless when it came to the negotiations,” says Business Agent Nancy Jones.
The negotiating process with the company began in a rather heated style, but neither Jones nor long-time Shop Stewards Kenny Peel or Salesh Prasad were willing to tolerate any antics.Keep reading