Posts Categorized: Secretary-Treasurer’s Update

Sharing Economy Leaves Out Middle Class Jobs

June 29, 2015

Don’t the let the term “sharing economy” fool you. There is no sharing. It’s really just the 1% making money by stripping workers of the rights for which the labor movement has fought so hard to secure. Just because the business transactions of these so-called “sharing economy” companies, such as Uber and AirBnB, are accomplished usingRead More >

Holding Health Insurance Companies Accountable

April 15, 2015

One of the things that we are most passionate about is preserving access to quality, affordable healthcare. To do that, we must hold health insurance companies accountable by pushing for transparency to stop unjustifiable rate hikes. Historically, health insurance companies have not been required to provide underlying data to justify their rate increases and evenRead More >

A Growing Union is a Strong Union

January 1, 2015

With seven organizing wins over the last year, more than 1,000 workers have become new Local 856 members since early 2014. Through a commitment to organizing and a steady focus on fighting to get results at the bargaining table, our Local Union has been able to grow, both in numbers and in strength. While our primary focusRead More >

The Power of Strategic Campaigns

September 1, 2014

When you check out the redesigned 856 Web Site, or visit the union hall you will see the words: Work Hard. Fight Smart. This is not meant to be a clever phrase or fancy slogan, but rather a clear explanation of how we as a Local Union aim to represent the members of Teamsters 856.Read More >

Making progress. More fights to win.

May 21, 2014

We often talk about how imperative it is to continue to push forward and get results. That the status quo is not good enough; that we must make progress. And while we have significant ongoing fights at many employers where Local 856 members work, I want to take a moment to report on some progressRead More >