Local 350

GreenWaste drivers and mechanics vote for union; expand base in that industry

The 40 drivers and mechanics at GreenWaste of Palo Alto in Santa Clara, Calif., voted overwhelmingly on November 17 to become Teamsters. This group will join join the thousands of waste workers throughout the Bay Area already represented by Local 350.

“Ever since I started working for this company, I felt we needed representation. Everyone around us was doing better because they were Teamsters. We’ve seen the support, protection, and contracts they get from the union.

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Clericals at Recology of the Coast ratify first contract

The three-person clerical unit at Recology of the Coast in Pacifica, CA, voted in September to ratify their first-ever agreement with the Teamsters Local 350. The unit had initially voted to join the union in May of 2022.

“I am thrilled to be part of the strong bond and support of the brotherhood and sisterhood of the Teamsters Union!” said Bernadette Chursin, a four-year employee and bargaining committee member.

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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.

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California Waste Solutions members ratify new contract

On April 19, 2022, the 72 drivers and mechanics at California Waste Solutions (CWS) in San Jose voted nearly unanimously to ratify their new collective bargaining agreement.

“I thank the members at CWS for their patience through the long process. They trusted their local to get the best deal possible for them, with language improvements and an economic package that bridges the gap between neighboring counties,” said Local 350 President Sergio Arranaga. “A special thanks to Larry Daugherty;

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Bringing solid waste workers up to par with the rest of the county

After almost nine months of talks and hard-bargaining on economics, the members at Recology of the Coast ratified their new five-year successor collective bargaining agreement by a 94% margin on March 3, 2022. 

“There was a considerable gap between the offers we were getting from the company and where we needed to be. We were set to vote a strike authorization but at the 11th hour, we received a proposal which stayed our vote and allowed us to resume bargaining,” said lead negotiator and Business Representative Robert Sandoval. 

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October 26 declared Teamsters Local 350 Day in San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors officially declared October 26, 2021, to be Teamsters Local 350 Day. Labor leaders, elected officials, and members gathered in front of the Joint Council 7 truck with San Francisco City Hall as the backdrop to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Local and to honor its dedicated members with a city proclamation.

“The City is honoring Local 350 today, but what that really means is we’re honoring you – you guys are Local 350,

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Workers at Recology’s organics unit in Gilroy join union

On October 22, 2021, the eight-person Recology South Valley Organics unit located in Gilroy, CA voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 350.

“Organize, Organize, Organize – that’s been the rallying cry of the Teamsters organization and a number one priority for me as an officer of Local 350,” said President Sergio Arrañaga. “This brave unit of women and men knew that organizing and joining the fold was the only way to ensure their own contract with good economics and worker protection language that they’ve never had before.”

This small Recology unit had been one of the last remaining non-union holdouts in the Locals jurisdiction but had long known of the benefits received by their union counterparts.

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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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South Bay Recycling members ratify historic contract

In June, the 42-person South Bay Recycling Facility Operations unit in San Carlos voted to approve a historic new five-year deal. These essential workers are responsible for the day-to-day operations at the Shoreway Environmental Center, which encompasses both the Transfer Station and the Material Recovery Facility (MRF), both of which are open to residents, businesses, contractors, and individuals to bring their trash and recyclables for processing and transfer. Members include equipment operators, scale attendants, mechanics,

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