Workers at Dole—Soledad ratified their new three-year contract in August. They will get wage increases of up to $4/hour and numerous improvements and upgrades. President Crescencio Diaz and Business agent Luis Flores credited the gains to the strong and experienced Teamster committee who represented the workers.Keep reading
OLAM and Teamsters Local Union 890 reached an agreement to extend the current contract for one year, into 2023. The extension includes a 6% wage increase.
Dole contract update
Dole farmworkers who are members of Local 890 are currently making their way back from harvesting vegetables from the desert to continue harvesting vegetables in the Central Valley through mid-April. Those vegetables are then sent for consumption all around the U.S. and Canada.
As of early March,Keep reading
Local 890 is currently in negotiations with Organic Girl, Taylor Farms Yuma AZ, Dole Value Added, Monterey Disposal, Olam, and Bud of California. At press time, the agricultural workers from Bud of California rejected the company’s proposal and the committee is back at the table. “Teamsters Local 890 will continue negotiating strong contracts and great benefits for the members,” said Business Rep Jesus Rangel. “We hope to be able to report a contract at Bud in the next issue.”Keep reading
Incotec workers in the Salinas Valley voted to become Teamsters in June. Incotec is a seed enhancement specialist that improves the quality of seed technology. The work performed by the new members contributes significantly to the development of sustainable agriculture.
The employees at Incotec were inspired to seek union representation because they wanted to be treated with respect on the job. The union election was held by mail. Even though the company held several anti-union meetings,Keep reading
Teamsters Local 890 has continued to be active in helping members and the wider working community cope with the difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Principal Officer Crescencio Diaz, Local 890 has worked with local County Supervisors, growers, the Shippers Association, and the local health system to make COVID-19 vaccines available to Teamsters and other essential workers. Through these efforts, Local 890 ensured that food processing and agricultural workers are in Tier 1.Keep reading
Members from Taylor Farms Retail, Dole Fresh Vegetables, and Organic Girl distribute food to members of the union and to field workers from the Salinas Valley. “Local 890 has held several food distributions in collaboration with the Monterey County Food Bank to help families in these challenging times,” reports Business Rep Juan Cabrera.Keep reading
In July, San Benito Foods suddenly received a bill from the city for $4.5 million for their use of water because the city claimed that they needed to upgrade their storm drains.
Because this would have crippled and possibly forced the company to shut down, the union sprung into action. In addition to sponsoring a demonstration at City Hall on July 14, they initiated calls to the Mayor and the City Council and sued to get the fine reduced.Keep reading
On November 3, Locals 601, 948 and 890 brought their shop stewards to Visalia for their annual training meeting. “I had the pleasure of getting to meet other stewards from other locals and was able to gain new knowledge from our guest speakers and from our attorneys. It was a great day with our Teamster sisters and brothers,” said Martin Cortez,Teamsters Local 601 Shop Steward who works at Pacific Coast Producers Distribution Service.Keep reading