Giving back is its own reward for longtime 856 steward

Sec.-Treasurer Peter Finn (L) with 31-year 856 member and 18-year City of San Bruno Steward Ken Hall.

Sec.-Treasurer Peter Finn (L) with 31-year 856 member and 18-year City of San Bruno Steward Ken Hall.

This month, Secretary-Treasurer Peter Finn honored longtime Teamsters 856 Steward Ken Hall at Local 856’s General Membership Meeting. Hall, who served as an 856 shop steward for 18 years, recently retired after more than 31 years with the City of San Bruno.

Finn commended Hall’s significant knowledge and willingness to step up and go to bat for his fellow Teamsters in negotiations and beyond.

Throughout the duration of his career, the San Bruno native worked in maintenance, wastewater, and utilities, and ultimately a Pump Mechanic in the Water Division.

“I could always count on Ken to be a source of expertise and insight when it came to the City of San Bruno,” Finn said. “His hard work has been of great value to his co-workers and exemplifies how crucial it is to have strong, dedicated stewards in the workplace,” Finn continued.

Hall said that as a steward, cultivating a sense of solidarity between all City of San Bruno Teamsters regardless of department or division was of the utmost importance to him. Nearly 200 Teamsters serve the City of San Bruno, working in all departments ranging from police and fire, to city hall, water, streets, and more.

“Our main goal as stewards was to be united – united you stand, divided you fall,” he said. In addition, Hall impressed the importance understanding of the Teamster history in San Bruno to newer members and stewards.

Hall said that above all though, as a Teamster steward and city employee, he enjoyed being part of a community.

“Being able to help others was my reward,” he said. “Sometimes if you put others before yourself, it comes back tenfold.”

An avid cyclist, Hall plans to spend his retirement hitting the trail, working on his home, and spending time with his wife, family and friends. Teamsters 856 thanks Ken for his selfless service on behalf of all 856 members and wishes him only the very best in retirement.