Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ret. 856 Principal Officer Mike McLaughlin Passes Away

August 17, 2016

It is with much sadness that Teamsters 856 announces the passing of retired Principal Officer and Secretary-Treasurer Michael J. McLaughlin, Sr. Mike died last Friday, August 12, after a short illness. For 32 years, Mike dedicated his life to Local 856 and its members, starting first as a staff attorney/business agent and later as theRead More >

I am a Teamster: 856 Microbiologists Protect the Public Health

August 4, 2016

The Local 856 membership is made up of almost every profession there is, from aircraft mechanic to zookeeper. In an effort to highlight our Local’s exceptional diversity, we’re launching a monthly series called “I am a Teamster”. Check out the first installment below! When you hear about a dangerous disease or the recall of yourRead More >

Teamsters 856 Honored at Cal Labor Fed’s Biennial Convention

August 4, 2016

Last month, the California Labor Federation honored Teamsters Local 856 with an award for the Local’s “Extraordinary Organizing Victories” at its Biennial Convention held in Oakland. Over the last several years, Local 856 has helped more than 3,300 workers in both the private and public sector become Teamsters to gain respect at work and a voiceRead More >

Contra Costa Members Ratify Inaugural Teamster Contract 

August 4, 2016

Contra Costa County members overwhelmingly ratified their very first Teamster contract last month. The three-year agreement covers 1,700 Teamsters in the Health Services, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Aides, and General Maintenance & Services units and significantly lowers out-of-pocket health care costs, increases wages, and improves safety language.      Contra Costa County workers voted to becomeRead More >

856 Rank and File Serve as Delegates at 29th Teamster Convention

August 4, 2016

“Amazing and awesome” are the words 17-year Local 856 member Ed Braun uses to describe the 29th International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention, which he attended as part of the Teamsters 856 delegation last month. Nearly 6,000 Teamster delegates, retirees and guests were present for the five-day convention, which was held in Las Vegas June 27Read More >