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Drivers at UNFI in Gilroy vote to join Teamsters

In January, drivers with the largest natural and organic food supplier in the U..S., United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 853 in Oakland. The drivers are seeking fair scheduling and compensation for excess hours, seniority for overtime, improvements to safety and a shorter wage progression, among other gains.

The 31 drivers, based out of Gilroy, transport supplies for UNFI to major clients like Whole Foods, Amazon, Genentech,

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Teamsters on Robots: If You Can’t Beat ’em, Build ’em

Source: Bloomberg Law

Organized labor as a whole is staring down the barrel of automation, but Teamsters in Silicon Valley have found a way to get a shot at jobs in the tech industry.

Manufacturers are gearing up to send delivery robots onto sidewalks, and cities are developing regulations to control sidewalk traffic when the bots are ready to roll. Some California cities have agreed to include in those regulations provisions that encourage the robot makers to hire unionized workers for jobs in the industry.

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Statement on Bus Attack Impacting California Teamster Drivers, Tech Shuttle Passengers

Teamsters Working with High-Tech Employers to Ensure Safety

(SAN FRANCISCO—January 18, 2018) –– Teamster shuttle bus drivers safely navigated through an apparent pellet gun attack on commuter shuttle buses this week along Highway 280. Buses sustained damage in the attack, but there were no reported injuries to the drivers or passengers.

Two out of the five buses damaged were operated by Teamsters Local 853 members working for Loop Transportation and Compass Transportation and transporting employees for Apple.

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Apple, Google buses rerouted on Peninsula after apparent shooting damages windows

Source:  The San Francisco Examiner

Several tech buses have rerouted to use U.S. Highway 101 after someone apparently shot a pellet gun at the buses on Interstate Highway 280, damaging the buses’ windows.

San Francisco’s “Google buses,” a term used for various tech commuter shuttles, have been vomited on, stalled by protesters dressed like clowns and parodied as pinatas.

Now an unknown assailant apparently used a pellet gun to shoot at the windows of commuter shuttles ferrying Apple and Google employees while they traveled down Interstate Highway 280 near Woodside Road on Tuesday,

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Teamsters Proud to Partner With Robotics Innovators in San Francisco

Robot Delivery Drivers, Manufacturers Will Be Teamster Members

(SAN FRANCISCO—December 13, 2017) –– California Teamsters are applauding the passage of legislation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week that will create a permitting process for delivery robots.

The legislation will allow for companies that are based in San Francisco and have a labor peace agreement to conduct research and development and deploy human-operated robots that will deliver essentials, including groceries and meals.

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