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Keolis Transit settles 40 labor board charges

Keolis Transit has come to terms and settled 40 labor charges with Teamsters 533 for violations of the National Labor Relations Act. 

“These 40 charges, all resolved in the union workers’ favor, paints a clear picture of how the contractor for the Regional Transportation Commission mismanages public transit operations,” said Teamsters Local 533 President Gary Watson. “The settlement agreement was obtained as a result of our members’ dedication and resilience by standing strong together.”

The agreement includes a monetary settlement for two members who were retaliated against for honoring the picket line.

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Great concrete contracts

 

Local 150 ratified a historic agreement with Cemex in February. Ron Cannizzaro served as chief spokesman, backed up by a tough fighting committee, reports Local 150 Secretary-Treasurer Dale Wentz proudly. “The end result of these negotiations was double-time pay, and $8 an hour over three years—the highest wage increase that the members have ever seen.”

Similarly, at Syar Concrete, Wentz reports that members were able to secure a $5 an hour raise the first year of the contract,

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Many firsts at TransDev Napa

Joyful sounds of celebration rang throughout the Teamster Union Hall in Vallejo on Sunday, February 27 when the 78 members at Transdev Napa voted to ratify a five-year agreement, reports Business Agent Dustin Baumbach. 

Although this location has been under Teamster contract for decades, there were several “firsts” in this contract, Baumbach reports. “It was the first long and secure five-year agreement, and the first time these fixed-route drivers, paratransit drivers, and maintenance mechanics saw wage increases anywhere near these percentages.”  

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Sysco Fresno drivers finally vote for union representation

After multiple attempts over the last 15 years to organize one of the last remaining non-union Sysco foods in California, Teamsters Local 431 is proud to announce that, as of February 16, 2022, the 54 Sysco employees in Fresno voted 2-1 to join the Teamsters family. 

“Thank you to the hard work and partnership with our JC7 organizers for making this finally happen,” says Local 431 President Peter Nuñez. “Now it’s time to knock out the first agreement for these hardworking drivers.”

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Local fights to get member’s job back after management error

Members don’t often think about their union until management screws up and they need some support. When Silvina Flores went to work on a bright November morning at the UPS South San Francisco Hub, something that she’d been doing for five years, she had no idea that a dumb mistake made by a manager would result in her getting fired. But that’s what happened, and even though it took a few months, her union reps made sure that she was brought back to work and made whole for the wages and benefits she should have earned.

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Local’s organizer tapped to take reins of IBT organizing dept.

Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien has named Local 856 Director of Organizing Chris Rosell as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters National Director of Organizing.

Rosell started his career as a rank and file UPS Teamster in 1999, became a Project Organizer with the IBT in 2003, and was promoted to International Organizer in 2007. He has led and won major national campaigns in the Waste, Transit, Airline, and Warehouse Divisions, and more. In 2007,

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UC Admin Officer 2 workers get salary increases, better pay ranges, and more

The Teamsters Local 2010 Bargaining Team for Administrative Officer 2 (AO2) workers held the line on improved salary ranges and step increases for AO2s across the state and came to a tentative agreement with the University of California in early March.

After more than a year of negotiations and 21 bargaining sessions, the agreement for this worker classification that became part of Local 2010 in late 2020, includes:

• 3% across-the-board pay increase,

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Governor signs COVID sick pay back into law

On February 9, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law the renewal of COVID sick leave pay. A similar law had been in efffect in 2020 and expired in September 2021 when the virus levels had improved.

This law (SB114), which will go into effect in 10 days, is retroactive to January 1, 2022, and requires employers to provide up to 40 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to a covered employee, if the employee is unable to work or telework because the employee is: 

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New leadership at Joint Council

The Executive Board of Teamsters Joint Council 7 has elected Jason Rabinowitz to the position of Joint Council President. Long-time President Rome Aloise resigned effective January 30.

With decades of experience and activism in protecting the rights of workers, Jason is the Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 2010, which represents about 15,000 clerical, administrative and skilled trades workers throughout the University of California and California State University systems. Under his leadership, Local 2010 has transformed into a powerhouse for workers’ rights: increasing membership dramatically;

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Teamsters stand up for good jobs, environmental protections, and safety

Teamsters from throughout the Bay Area came together in September with one goal in mind: tackle the growing threat that Amazon poses to our union. Over the past decade, Amazon has become one of the largest employers in California. This should come as no surprise to any Teamster at UPS or DHL. As Amazon has grown, so has UPS. But at what cost to our members? And how long will it last?  

Amazon’s army of contract drivers move the same packages we do,

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