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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 >

AB 3087: A bill to control skyrocketing health care costs

In February, during his testimony before the California Assembly, Local 856 Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Officer Peter Finn called on the State Legislature to pass a solution to ease the financial burden of rising health care costs on working families. “The skyrocketing cost of health care is making the employee share of monthly medical premiums reach unaffordable levels,”Read More >