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Health & Welfare Wrongfully Denied to Members Restored 

Imagine if taking your sick leave made you ineligible for health insurance. This catch-22 situation was a reality for dozens of Teamsters 856 members at the Hilton Oakland Airport after management took it upon themselves to very narrowly interpret the contract. Local 856 members who used their earned, collectively bargained, sick leave, holiday, and vacationRead More >

Finding Solidarity at the Teamster Women’s Conference

Local 856 members Janine Jabin-Roach (Northwest Administrators), Kathy Newell (Delta Dental), and Melissa Wagner (Pier 39) joined more than 1,300 Teamster women from across North America at this year’s Teamsters Women’s Conference in Hollywood late last month. It was the first time at the annual event for all three members, who were able to participateRead More >

856 Members Cross Country for Workers’ Rights, Education

“It’s so important to get involved and stand together,” explains Teamsters 856 Shop Steward Herb Travit on why he traveled with fellow members Veronica Hudson (Contra Costa County) and Maurice McDonald (United Airlines) to the 41st Annual Teamsters National Black Caucus Convention in Ohio last month. The Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) is an organizationRead More >

I Am A Teamster: Keeping SF’s Biggest Tourist Attraction Beautiful

“I think like a tree,” Teamsters 856 Member Michael Kyelberg says of his approach to landscaping. “You have to go from the ground up. The trick is the roots. They join together to create a network to withstand stress and resist break down,” he explains. Kyelberg and his fellow Teamster landscapers are charged with caringRead More >

856 Represents at the Summer Institute on Union Women

Applying to attend the Summer Institute on Union Women on behalf of Teamsters 856 was way out of Sunny Joy Boyer’s comfort zone. Boyer describes herself as somewhat of a “lone wolf” as much of her work as a custodian at the Brentwood Health Clinic is done solo, so attending the four-day conference in LosRead More >