Monthly Archives: October 2015

856 Takes Part in International Panel on Sharing Economy Abuses

October 21, 2015

On Wednesday, October 7th, the California Labor Fed hosted a 38-member labor delegation from France in San Leandro. Teamsters 856 Public Policy Coordinator Malia Vella served on a panel with the Secretary-Treasurer of the State Fed, Art Pulaski, and the Research Director of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, Carol Zabin, to lead the discussion on whatRead More >

Focusing on the Fundamentals

October 14, 2015

In late September my wife Devon and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. In looking back on the last 10 years, she said something that struck me as very relevant to the work we all do together at Teamsters 856. She talked about how it’s not the high-profile events that have mattered most over theRead More >

Teamster Sponsored Healthcare Transparency Bill Signed Into Law

October 14, 2015

This week working people gained ground in the battle for healthcare cost transparency when Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 546 into law on Sunday. The new law requires health insurance companies that sell to large purchasers, such as big employers and Union Health & Welfare Funds, to disclose the underlying data used to determine rate increases.Read More >

Record Turnout at 6th Annual Steward Appreciation Day

October 13, 2015

On October 3, Teamsters 856 held its 6th annual shop steward appreciation event at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Nearly 100 stewards turned out for the event, which included workshops presented by Attorney David Rosenfeld on the roles and rights of Union stewards and California Labor Federation Communications Specialist Rachel Johnson on how UnionRead More >

Steward Spotlight: Debra Caison

October 12, 2015

UPS Steward Takes On Domestic Violence Every Friday for six weeks instead of traveling to her regular job at UPS, Teamsters 856 Steward Debra Caison was spending the day in the classroom learning about the ways she can assist victims of domestic violence. Caison’s hard work paid off, and this month the mother of fiveRead More >