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75 years and a Teamster legacy

Kern County’s oldest bakery is celebrating 75 years in business, with Teamster drivers delivering their product since the 1970s.

Emmanuel Segura, a Pyrenees driver and Local 87 member since 2012, says he enjoys continuing the legacy and he appreciates the collective bargaining agreement that provides stability. Local 87 recognizes Emmanuel and all Local 87 members for their hard work in ensuring Teamster success into 2020 and beyond.

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PERB rules that UC lied about union wages

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the agency that enforces California’s public sector labor laws, has issued a complaint alleging that the University of California violated state law when it sent a communication to Administrative Professionals containing falsehoods about union representation of UC employees.

Teamsters Local 2010 is working with unrepresented Administrative Professional employees at UC to gain union representation and improve their working conditions and compensation. The University attempted to interfere with those efforts in communications to employees that contained,

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Teamsters build for 10th Bud Car Show and holiday drive

The Tenth Annual Bud Classic Car Show took place on Saturday, September 28 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fairfield. More than 5,000 people attended and enjoyed activities that included 300 classic cars, live music, great food, a silent auction featuring Budweiser collectibles, a beer garden, and numerous vendors. The event helped raise $32,000 for the Families Helping Families Annual Thanksgiving Baskets of Hope event in November.

Over 300 volunteers met at the Fairfield brewery on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for the Baskets of Hope event.

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Members ratify agreements in three key industries

Local 665 announced the completion of negotiations and the ratification of three contracts in the bus, auto service and parking industries in San Francisco.

SFO Shuttle, which provides services for on-airport employees and the public in and around the busy San Francisco International Airport, agreed to a three-year deal, which will increase wages by $3.50 an hour over the life of the agreement, as well as increasing the employer contribution to the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension and maintaining benefits for the health plan.

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Teamsters, Labor push landmark bill protecting gig workers over the finish line

For the past several months, Teamsters have traveled to Sacramento to lobby the state senate and assembly with one key goal: to pass AB5 and put a stop to worker exploitation in the “gig” economy. A million California workers are denied key workplace protections—including the minimum wage—because their employers falsely label them as independent contractors. But that practice will now come to an end as the legislature passed the bill and the governor signed it on September 18.

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Local 601 merges with Local 856, creating new Food Processing Division

In June, with a resounding 90% yes vote, the members of Teamsters Local 601 voted to merge with Local 856. Their goal for the merger is to increase member strength, build on the current Teamster Central Valley infrastructure, and advance organizing opportunities while maintaining local control. Local 856 is fully committed to meeting those goals.

The merger, effective August 1, establishes the creation of the Teamsters Local 856 Food Processing Division, with a board of rank-and-file leaders headed by Director Ashley Alvarado.

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Member launches podcast

I felt it was time for a podcast created by and for the rank-and-file, so I created one.

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Jeremy Rich and I am the Chief Steward at UPS’ small, but growing, Oakley building. I am also the Warden of Local 315. I have been at UPS for almost 20 years, the last 18 years of it as a package car driver. I originally started in UPS’ Concord building as a peak season part-time hire in 1999.

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Los Altos city workers ratify new contract

On July 18, 2019, Teamsters Local 350 members employed by the City of Los Altos unanimously voted in favor of a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding.

“This contract provides the security and advancement our members sought for the next three years,” said Local 350 Recording Secretary and lead negotiator Juan Coca. “This lucrative M.O.U. provides more than just an increase in wages; it delivers full health care coverage, a path to enhancing the retiree benefits and recognition for our unit’s efforts in the form of incentive pay.”

The men and women of this unit provide a broad spectrum of services throughout the City of Los Altos,

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Local takes Gate Gourmet contract struggle to the top

Business Rep Terry Mullady had an opportunity to meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in August to talk about the difficulties he and the Teamster reps across the nation are having in getting a new contract for the 4,000 workers at Gate Gourmet.

“The contract expired in December, 2017 and the company is not negotiating in good faith. They offered a sub-par company health plan and sub-standard wages,” says Mullady. “However,

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When plant gets named top in nation, workers get the credit

Saputo Creamery, with 11 dairy plants around the nation, awarded the Tulare facility with its “Gold Star Plant” award.  Management at the facility credited the workers—members of Local 517—for the honor. The plant has nearly doubled in size over the last three years, and currently have about 140 bargaining unit employees.

The company took many factors into account in designating the Tulare plant as the Gold Star plant. One was that, for the first time,

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