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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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Supporting farmworkers

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,

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National action for Sysco

Can you tell that it’s 108° out? Across the nation, unions turned out at restaurants serviced by Sysco to let Sysco’s customers know that the company is not bargaining in good faith. Unfortunately, Local 853’s assigned day was the hottest in human memory! Fortunately, that didn’t stop the intrepid staff from leafleting at Cheesecake Factory restaurants in Pleasanton and San Jose in August.

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Big victory for Dole workers

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. 

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Union YES at Nutrablend

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. 

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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,

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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. 

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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,

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