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Helping a member displaced by fire

On May 31, a fire started near an Antioch apartment building and quickly spread to a second building where Teamster Juan “JC” Jaurgui lives with his wife and two kids. JC is a Local 315 member who works at Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery as a solid waste driver.

According to NBC News, aggressive fire response stopped further spread of the fire, caused by fireworks, but 40 residents in eight apartment units were displaced.

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Starting strong in CSU negotiations, Teamsters demand raises for essential workers

Local 2010’s Skilled Trades Bargaining Team met with California State University (CSU) management in mid-August about reopening contract negotiations on wages and benefits, in accordance with our 2020 agreement that allowed such a reopening.

At the start of the pandemic, our Union worked to extend the current contract and focus on protecting jobs and pay during the tremendous challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis. But our Bargaining Team also had the foresight to include language in our contract extension providing for the reopening of negotiations on wages and benefits as soon as CSU state funding returned to or exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

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In memoriam – Duane Beeson

Duane B. Beeson
Sept 9, 1922 – July 3, 2021

Duane B. Beeson, San Francisco labor lawyer and long-time lawyer and adviser to Teamsters Joint Council 7 died in July. He was 98 years old.

Born in Berkeley, Duane grew up during the Great Depression, graduating from Berkeley High School where he was on the track team and met his wife of 54 years, Coni. After attending Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, Duane saw combat as a sergeant in the 13th Armored (“the Black Cats”) Division in the final push through Germany during WWII.

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30th Teamster Convention: Candidates nominated, constitution amended, Amazon campaign launched

Due to the pandemic, instead of 5,000 Teamsters sitting shoulder to shoulder in a huge Las Vegas ballroom, the 30th Teamster convention was held virtually. While many people watched from their home computers, and some gathered in their Local Union offices, Joint Council 7 pulled together the largest contingent in one place, with about 200 delegates and alternates sitting socially distanced at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV.

The day before the convention started,

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Labor and gay community honor Allan Baird

On June 25, activists from across the west coast rallied and marched in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco to honor and celebrate the contributions of retired Teamster Allan Baird. The 89-year old activist played a crucial role in labor and LGBTQ+ history. From serving as a president of the newspaper delivery drivers’ union to organizing the Coors beer boycott alongside the gay leader and future San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and activist Howard Wallace,

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AAA Insurance Sales Agents unite for a voice on the Job

AAA insurance sales agents across Northern California voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 665 in June. The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) via mail-in ballot.

The 460 insurance sales agents work at 77 locations stretching from Merced to the Oregon border.

“These workers stood united because they deserve a strong voice and a secure future at AAA Northern California,” said Business Agent Tom Woods. “They want the stability and strength that comes with a Teamster contract,

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$250,000 arbitration win at UPS

Local 70 Secretary-Treasurer Marty Frates reports that Danny Chong, a UPS Package Driver from the Oakland building, has won his arbitration—including getting made whole for back wages, health and welfare, pension, and more. All told, the arbitration award is about $250,000.

After 30 years at UPS, with a good work record and no discipline, Danny was accused of theft of time and was removed from his job in August 2019. Danny is an Early Air Driver (EAR).

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Food processing Teamsters ratify contract extension

Local 856 Food Processing Teamsters recently ratified an important contract extension, which guarantees the largest across-the-board wage increase in the history of the contract.

The Teamsters Cannery Council agreement, which covers 10,000 Local 856 and Local 948 Teamsters working at canneries throughout the Central Valley, also ensures no increases to healthcare costs and maintains important contract protections and language.

“Food Processing Teamsters have quite literally risked their own lives throughout the pandemic to make certain we could all put food on our tables,” said Ashley Alvarado,

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