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

“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 >

Growing to Over 10,000 Members: Building Power for ALL of Local 856

When 1,700 Contra Costa County employees became Local 856 members in February, it added to the significant growth we have seen over the last several years, and for the first time in our 67-year history as a Local Union, Teamsters 856 now has over 10,000 members. This growth in numbers is important because it growsRead More >

Fourth SamTrans Teamsters 856 Group Achieves Contract

For Adrian Gutierrez and his colleagues at the San Mateo Transit District, organizing to become Teamsters was relatively easy — most likely because  their colleagues in the other three Teamsters 856 bargaining units at the District paved the way for them through hard-fought campaigns for union recognition. Gutierrez and his fellow maintenance supervisors, unanimously signed authorization cardsRead More >

Why Elections Matter

In 2015, Teamsters Local 856 backed veteran progressive Aaron Peskin in his bid for Supervisor District 3 in San Francisco. At the same time, a measure was on the San Francisco ballot that aimed to curb illegal short-term rentals in the city. If passed, the measure would have forced sites like AirBnB to play byRead More >

New Teamster Stewards Learn How to Represent Colleagues in Meetings

Getting called into an investigatory meeting can be an intimidating experience, so it’s reassuring to know that your Teamster steward will be there to have your back. That’s why on Monday, June 20, Teamsters 856 held a training specifically on this topic for new shop stewards in San Francisco. The class went over Weingarten Rights,Read More >