Local 431

Organizing and contracts keep local staff busy

Local 431 is currently in negotiations with newly- organized Specialty Sales, as well as with Delta Health Systems and Cherokee Freight Lines. The local also recently ratified new agreements with Chooljian Packing, Gary Packing, Mission Linen and Mission Industrial as well as  with Hertz counter representatives.

Teamsters Local 431 is excited to announce our 3rd Annual Teamsters Night with the Grizzlies. This year’s baseball game for Members and their immediate family will be on Saturday May 11;

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15-day strike ends when members ratify new contract

On September 25, the Sun-Maid workers ended their 15-day  strike and returned to the job after reaching a new contract agreement with the corporation. The workers had been picketing for several weeks after negotiations between the company and the Teamsters union broke down.

The new agreement includes monthly medical contributions, competitive market wages, and increased pension contributions in the second and third year of the agreement.

“It’s about a nine-percent increase in value overall from the previous contract,” says Local 431 Secretary-Treasurer Peter Nuñez.

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500+ Sun Maid workers on strike in Fresno

After rejecting four contract offers from Sun-Maid, nearly 500 members of Local 431 took to the hot Fresno streets on September 10 to start a work stoppage that will last until they get a contract that they can live with.

“The major issue is that the company insists that our folks contribute to their health plan for the first time ever,” says Principal Officer Peter Núñez. “They offered minimal wage increases to offset some of the out-of-pocket health costs.

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Honoring labor in Fresno

On May 19, the Union Park Foundation in Fresno held their third annual event to honor fallen workers in the San Joaquin Valley. Opening ceremonies included the Fresno Police Department placing a wreath on the Union Park monument, which is located at the Fresno Fairgrounds.

“Teamsters Local 431, Joint Council 7 and many unions from around the Valley had joined together to help fund the building of this park,” reports Local 431 Business Rep Steve Sharp.

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