Highlights from around Teamsters 856 – August 2018

Local 856 stands in solidarity with Teamsters Local 853

Members from Contra Costa County and United Airlines joined Teamsters 853 members in San Francisco’s Castro district on August 23rd to demand secure retirement benefits for shuttle bus drivers from We Drive U and Loop Inc. who transport employees to Silicon Valley tech companies like Apple, Google, and Tesla.

Teamsters 856 members stand up for misclassified workers

Local 856 members from United Airlines and Delta Dental joined over 100 fellow Joint Council 7 Teamsters, Teamsters from around the state, and members of the building trades unions at the Capitol to protect workers’ rights and call on Governor Brown and the Legislature to stand with working people and defend Dynamex.

In April, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case (Dynamex v. Superior Court of LA) that protects workers, including truck drivers, Lyft and Uber drivers from misclassification as independent contractors rather than full employees. Misclassification strips workers of their rights, leads to poor wages and prevents working people from exercising their right to join a union. We called on our elected leaders to defend the court’s decision and protect working people from misclassification.

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Local 856 members help vet the best advocates for working families

Members of Local 856 attended the West Contra Costa School Board Candidate Forum to vet candidates and find out who will be the best advocates for working families. Ten of the 11 candidates running for the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board were there to answer members’ questions and explain their vision for the school district.

The forum was sponsored by Teamsters 856, United Teachers of Richmond, Teamsters 315, IFPTE Local 21, the West Contra Costa Administrators Association, Adult School United Association, Richmond Police Officers Association, and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County.

UPDATE: Valerie Cuevas, Madeline Kronenberg, and Consuelo Lara have been endorsed by Teamsters 856, United Teachers of Richmond, Teamsters Local 315, IFPTE Local 21, and Richmond Police Officers Association in the West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board election! Click here to read more about the candidates and the decision.

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Local 856 members at the W Hotel ratify their first Teamster contract

Earlier this year, reservations, front desk, concierge, and rooms control employees at the W Hotel voted to become members of Local 856. And this month, they unanimously voted to ratify their first contract as Teamsters!

The new contract represents continues members’ 100% employer-paid health insurance, and provides wage and pension increases for the term of the contract

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