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New Teamsters reach their first tentative agreement with the W Hotel

In February, reservations, front desk, concierge, and rooms control employees at the W San Francisco hotel voted to join Teamsters 856. Three months later, they are ready to ratify their first union contract. “Our first contract negotiations with the W Hotel were successful and went quickly and efficiently,” said Local 856 President and Senior RepresentativeRead More >

There Is Power in a Union

By Mike Konzcal, May 23, 2018, The Nation A new study overturns economic orthodoxy and shows that unions reduce inequality.   For a period of 40 years, something managed to keep inequality in check in the United States. From 1940 to 1980, the richest 1 percent took home 9 percent of the wealth generated by the economy.Read More >

Shop Stewards: The backbone of Teamsters 856

This month, 50 new and veteran Teamsters 856 shop stewards gathered in San Francisco for training to learn new skills and refresh their existing knowledge. Shop stewards are the backbone of the local union. In one day, a steward can be called on to act as an advocate, a sounding board, a negotiator, a contractRead More >

City of Santa Rosa employees vote to become members of Teamsters 856

This month, 450 members of the Santa Rosa City Employees Association (SRCEA) voted to become full Teamsters 856 members. The members are technical, professional, and clerical workers who serve the City of Santa Rosa as code enforcement, IT, administrative technicians, customer service representatives, civil engineering technicians, building inspectors, waste water operators, parking operations aids, andRead More >