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Teamsters 856 welcomes new members from Mount Diablo Unified School District

Teresa Bergum was a union member before becoming a manager in Mount Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) food services department. With continued confusion in the department and challenges with a new director, Teresa knew she and her co-workers would benefit from having union representation again. As food service managers, Teresa Bergum and her co-workers workedRead More >

Local 856 members fight outsourcing at Marin General Hospital

The hospital’s outsourcing plan has an unexpected end when members negotiate the addition of more full-time positions for Teamsters 856 members. The Teamsters 856 members in the Environmental Services (EVS) department at Marin General Hospital (MGH) take pride in keeping the hospital clean. The work they do every day is critical to the patient care experienceRead More >

Local 856 members support Marriott Strike

In October, thousands of Unite Here members who work at Marriott hotels in seven cities around the country walked out on strike. Members had been in contract negotiations for months, but the Marriott refused to agree to pay employees enough to support their families. (Go to to assist striking workers who are experiencing financial hardship duringRead More >

Local 856 members build power at Teamsters Women’s Conference

Sandra Bowman is a Teamsters 856 shop steward at Northwest Administrators. Last month, she and eight other members traveled to Orlando, Florida, to represent Local 856 at the 2018 Teamsters Women’s Conference. Read about Sandra’s first time attending the annual conference in the interview below. This interview has been edited and condensed. Why did youRead More >

WCCUSD Teamster wins backpay in grievance settlement

Magdalena Perez is one of the lucky ones — she wakes up every morning excited to get to work. “I come in feeling so energetic,” said Magdalena. “I like the commotion and the energy, and I take a lot of pride in making sure the building is clean.” Magdalena began as a lunch worker atRead More >