Teamster News

Members at Auto Return in SF ratify new contract 

Teamsters at Auto Return are responsible for receiving, inventory, and releasing thousands of vehicles that are towed by the City of San Francisco each month. In July, they unanimously ratified a new 5-year agreement that gives each employee wage increases every year of the contract and improvements in the 401k plan. Auto Return members will also enjoy full maintenance of their medical benefits package throughout the agreement.

“I thank the members at Auto Return for their solidarity throughout these negotiations,” said Local 665 Secretary-Treasurer Tony Delorio.

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What was useful and exciting about attending the Teamster Women’s Conference?

Jeanette Benitez
Mt. Diablo School District
Local 856
7-year Teamster

“I’ve met different people from all over the country and learn how their unions work. I particularly like the workshops — to learn how I can go back and be a better shop steward.”

 

Maia Bailey
UCSF
Local 2010
1-year Teamster

“It’s my first conference and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I appreciate the variety of workshop offerings and the diversity of people from all over the nation.

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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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Time to vote for Teamster leadership

Members have opportunity to determine the future of the union

You hear it every time there’s an election — “this one is the most important in your lifetime.” In this case, the election for the leadership of the Teamsters Union may be the most important in your Teamster career.

After two decades in power, IBT President James P. Hoffa, Jr. will not be running for reelection and there is a real contest for who will succeed him.

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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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