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Following strike sanction vote, Recology drivers get good contract to ratify

Fight Together, Win Together. Teamsters Local 350 slogan was never more evident throughout the entire process with the Recology San Mateo Drivers unit. On July 2, 2019, members of the Recology San Mateo Drivers unit voted in an overwhelming fashion to approve a new contract.

Starting from the proposal meeting, the negotiating committee had a clear objective going into bargaining with Recology San Mateo. After several months, and minor movement from the company,

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“Thank you for the support!”

Members burned out in Camp fire testify, “Now we’re Teamster strong.”

On November 8, 2019, the Camp fire ravaged the town of Paradise and surrounding areas of Butte County, destroying over 18,000 structures including 13,000 homes. It was only a few years ago that Local 137 organized the employees of Butte County. The Local also represents workers at TransDev, Coca Cola, Land O’ Lakes, Sysco, Farmer Brothers, UPS,  Bimbo and Franz Bakery, all in the fire zone.

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Bay Area Teamsters go to Sacramento to support new Oakland A’s stadium

Joint Council 7 Teamsters made their presence known on June 25 at the State Capitol. They attended a hearing convened by the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources to hear testimony on the new Oakland A’s stadium slated to be built on Port of Oakland land, just west of Jack London Square at Howard Terminal.

“The Teamsters not only had a good showing, but we also filled up the first couple of rows of seats,” said Terry Post from Local 853.

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New Executive Board team

Congratulations are in order for recently retired Local 896 Executive Board member, Rachel Gomez. Rachel is a 30-year Local 896 member and is also the longest serving Local 896 board member. We thank her for her many years of service and dedication to Teamsters and Local  896.

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10th Annual Bud Classic Car Show

Anheuser-Busch (Fairfield)

All Teamsters are encouraged to attend the Tenth Annual Bud Classic Car Show at the Budweiser facility in Fairfield on Saturday, September 28. There will be classic cars, live music, food, silent auction, beer garden, and vendors. All proceeds benefit Families Helping Families’ annual Thanksgiving “Baskets of Hope” event in November, where volunteers help pack and deliver hundreds of boxes of food and turkeys to needy families in time for Thanksgiving.

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Bringing together ready mix drivers to learn about industry and union

In March, Local 315 held its First Annual Ready Mix Meeting. The ready mix membership attended to learn about the challenges facing cement drivers and the industry.

The meeting addressed the nonunion competition in the area and how bolstering union membership strengthens wages for everyone statewide.

Drivers are committed to spreading the good word of the Teamsters so that fellow drivers know the benefits of collective bargaining and contract protections. Business Agent Mike Hughes presented on many facets of the industry,

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Local takes fight for Teamster jobs to City Hall

Local 665 members employed in the parking industry in San Francisco participated in a hearing in San Francisco’s City Hall in June that focused on recent reductions of Teamster positions in municipal parking garages.

The hearing was conducted by the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“We wanted the public to know these staffing cutbacks affect both safety and service in these city-owned facilities,” stated Local 665 officer Tony Delorio.

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DS Services (Alhambra) workers vote for union representation

After a long organizing drive that included educating the employees on union busting tactics and the benefits of having a collective bargaining agreement, on April 25, the employees of DS Services of Manteca voted 25-12 in favor of having Teamsters Local 439 be their union representative.

The organizing team did an amazing job in keeping the group together and keeping the union informed on what was being said and handed out at the union busting meetings.

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