The San Francisco Board of Supervisors officially declared October 26, 2021, to be Teamsters Local 350 Day. Labor leaders, elected officials, and members gathered in front of the Joint Council 7 truck with San Francisco City Hall as the backdrop to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Local and to honor its dedicated members with a city proclamation.
“The City is honoring Local 350 today, but what that really means is we’re honoring you – you guys are Local 350, you make this Local what it is!” said Secretary-Treasurer John Bouchard as he kicked off the Proclamation Day Event,
The day’s program included Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton; author of the proclamation, Supervisor Ahsha Safai; and Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Myrna Melgar.
“You guys get up every day, don’t ask for accolades, don’t ask for applause – you clean the trash, you keep the city clean, and you do it with dignity and all you want is respect. I can tell you that this San Francisco Board of Supervisors respects you one-hundred percent,” said proclamation author Safai.
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
WHEREAS, Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers – Teamsters Local 350 is an affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and represents members in the Solid Waste Division, Linen Division and Public Sector. The local jurisdiction includes the City & County of San Francisco, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and San Benito County, making it one of the largest solid waste local unions in the country; and
WHEREAS, Teamsters Local 350 has always provided its members with the tools and support necessary to thrive in the workforce while being compensated fair wages under desirable work conditions; and
WHEREAS, For more than 85 years, Teamsters Local 350 has been fighting and continues to fight for working-class families. Under the leadership of Former Secretary-Treasurer and first director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division Bob Morales, the local union was able to negotiate the best contracts for its members, raising the bar for all waste division locals in the nation; and
WHEREAS, Local 350 deserves to be honored for all the work they have contributed to keeping the city of San Francisco clean and free of waste before and during the pandemic by working non-stop and prioritizing the health and safety of the city’s residents; and
WHEREAS, The Office of Supervisor Safai and the Board of Supervisors issue this proclamation in memory of the late Bob Morales who was a dedicated Teamster and Labor Leader, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisors do hereby proclaim that the City of San Francisco recognize Teamster Local 350’s legacy, foresight and unprecedented organizing leadership, and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisors proclaimed October 26th Teamster Local 350 Day.