President’s Report

Good news/Bad news

The good news is that, according to Gallup Polls,  public approval of unions jumped to 64% this year, putting it near its 50-year high. The bad news is that since 1979, union representation of workers has dropped by more than half, descending from 27% to less than 11%. Half of Americans believe that the decline in union representation is bad for working people.

“It’s been a decades-long attack on working people,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler.

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Annual Joint Council seminar brings solidarity, education

Our 38th annual Joint Council Seminar was just held in mid-June. This was our eighth seminar since the merger of Joint Council 38 and 7. The educational programs are excellent and the seminar always provides the opportunity for Representatives and Executive Board Members to learn and be exposed to the most recent legal, legislative, union and pwension plan developments. It also gives us all a chance to get to know each other and compare notes.

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Joint Council leaders take national stage; events to note

The Joint Council continues to move forward in 2019 on many fronts.

The Cannabis campaign has proven to be challenging with an ever-changing interpretation of the statutes, as well as the many community regulations throughout the state. We are fortunate to have our own Kristin Heidelbach-Teramoto as the Director of the Cannabis Division and Representative Jennifer Schwab, both working out of our Joint Council. In fact, Kristin was listed as one of the top women in the industry,

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I’ve never been prouder to be a Teamster

On the morning of November 8, in Paradise California, a fire broke out that ultimately destroyed 90% of the town and much of the surrounding area. Over 120 Teamster families from UPS, Sysco Foods, Aramark Linen, Paradise Irrigation District, Land O’ Lakes, Bimbo Bakery, Pacific Coast Producers, Farmers Brothers Coffee, Coca Cola, US Bakery, Butte County, and TransDev, lost their homes. Many more were among the 52,000 who have been displaced and cannot return to their homes. 

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Settling UPS contract— our largest in the country

UPS, the Teamsters’ largest single nationwide contract, is going out to vote as we go to press. This five-year agreement is the most lucrative offer ever negotiated, providing a $4.15 wage increase, with another $5.00 an hour to fund our superior health benefits and grow our pension. The tentative offer also includes new protections on harassment, safety, and forced overtime.

With the advent of significant competition from non-union package delivery companies and owner-operators using the Uber model,

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Dave Hawley, President