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Friend of the Teamsters Union,
Ex-Dean of Chapman University
is fighting it out for Congress in South Florida.
Tim is a Congressional candidate against former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and is South Florida's Progressive Voice.
We Say Goodbye to a Great Man, Great Friend, Great Teamster...
We'll never forget you Jim.
James J. Leonhardt, 58, of Sycamore died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
He was born January 10, 1957 in Hoffman Estates. The son of Stanley and Charlotte (Chapman) Leonhardt. He married Karin A. Horn on May 23, 1981.
Jim attended Northern Illinois University.
December 7, 2012
New York Times
By By STEVEN YACCINO and MONICA DAVEY
On Monday, December 3, 2012, Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez presided over her final meeting on the Santa Ana City Council. Accordingly, she gave special recognition to Teamsters Local 952 for all their hard work with the Council during her tenure.
1/2/1954 - 11/28/2012
We are saddened to inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of CVS Shop Steward David Gonzalez. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family and friends during this tragic time.
DAVID GASTELUM Long Time Teamster Local 952 Member, Shop Steward at Veolia and recent Retiree passed away
Note from his family--
Dear Family and Friends,
My beloved husband of 37 yrs, David, passed away at 7:30 am this morning...Tuesday Nov. 27, 2012. He went very quickly, in NO pain, and at home. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be at Westminster Memorial Park at 14801 Beach Blvd. Westminster, Ca 92683 on Sunday evening, Dec. 2, 2012 from 5-8pm. Rosary will begin at 7pm.....the following day Monday Dec.3 will be the buriel at Good Shepard Cemetary in Huntington Beach at 12 noon.
At a hearing on Thursday, November 29, the bankruptcy judge gave final approval to a series of motions (that in most cases had been approved on an interim basis last week) in relation to the ‘wind down’ of Hostess Brands Inc.’s operations.
Leaders from about 160 Teamster local unions met today in Kansas City, Missouri and unanimously approved the union’s initial contract proposals that it will exchange with ABF on December 18 when negotiations begin...
Joint Council 42 Newspaper Articles Read Here
SPECIAL Message from
Secretary-Treasurer Patrick D. Kelly
In order to defeat the hostile corporate and conservative power grab known as Prop 32 we must step up our voter registration and mobilization activity. The deadline to register to vote is October 22nd. There are way too many members and their families not registered.
Since the defeat of fascism in WWII there has been tens of thousands of American citizens that have lost their lives and/or limbs and health protecting the democracy we have here in the United States. In the Vietnam war alone there were 32,000 American citizens that lost their lives that were 22 years old or younger. Putting aside the issue of whether you supported it or not thousands of young Americans died. Since then there has been many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice. By not registering to vote members are dishonoring those that fought, died and served. After what our country went through during the Civil Rights Movement Era it is bitterly ironic that in some states voter suppression activities are pushing down minorities and senior citizens so that they can not vote.
Our Union is facing a clear and present danger in Prop 32 that if passed will lead to Right-to-Work for Less and a great loss of Union power. It will be almost impossible to maintain our contracts that contain pre-Medicare health coverage. We will face under Right-to-Work for Less divided bargaining units and we will lose 20-30% of our membership. It's time for a serious gut check amongst the members that are not registered to vote. You are free riding on those that are. Members have a patriotic and union obligation to step up and protect what we have.
There is a tremendous opportunity to get involved in the defense of the Union Movement. Please sign up as a volunteer with your Local Union or the Joint Council. Put up a yard sign or a bumper sticker and get involved in your workplace or your neighborhood. The polling shows that this is dead even and 10-20% undecided. None of us want to wake up on the day after election day filled with remorse because we didn't do what we needed to do. Thank you Brothers & Sisters for supporting the Teamsters Union.
Labor Solidarity Parade
Interviews from Banning Park - September 3rd
David Freelou, Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 802
Ernesto Ordonez, Laborers' International Union of North America, Pacific Southwest Region
Arlene Inouye, UTLA Treasurer
Joaquin Miramontez, SEIU Local 721
Patrick D. Kelly, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 952 (16.46 mark)
MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY-TREASURER
PATRICK D. KELLY
REGARDING THE SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS ACT
the GOP's attempt to silence California's Workers August 3, 2012
If you or someone you know thinks that your vote (1 vote) is meaningless, we would encourage you to point out how a single vote frequently not only decided an election, but also changed the course of history.
The Labor Movement is under attack and we need to fight back against Proposition 32! Come help us campaign Teamster to Teamster and phone bank this weekend. We have 800 members to talk to and we need your help. We are working out of the following locations this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 20th and Sunday, Oct. 21st):
20715 South Avalon Boulevard
Carson, CA 90746
Phone: (310) 538-8710
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 2:30pm -6:30pm
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 952
140 S. Marks Way
Orange, CA 92868
Saturday: 9:00am -1:00pm
Sunday: 2:30pm - 6:30pm
If you have any questions please contact Jessica Chavez at (714) 740-6218 or for LA County please call Stan Brown at (714) 501-6106.
MEMBER TO MEMBER PRECINCT WALKS
Precinct Walks kickoff Saturday, September 29th from 9am - 1pm out of Local 952. Please join us for a “NO on Prop 32” mobilization and Member to Member Precinct Walk. Refreshments at 9am and at 9:30 we will have a short training for volunteers on precinct walks and how to speak with voters on why to Vote “NO on Prop 32”!
Walks will commence every weekend through ELECTION DAY on November 6, 2012. Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities will start Saturday, November 3rd through Tuesday, November 6, 2012. If you have any questions contact your union steward, Union business representative or call Jessica Chavez at (714)740-6218 or email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of the Teamsters.
POWER TO THE TEAMSTERS AND POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Message from Secretary-Treasurer Patrick D. Kelly to our
Un-registered Members in Orange County Read Here
Message from Secretary-Treasurer Patrick D. Kelly to our
Registered Members in Orange County Read Here September 24, 2012
The fight over Proposition 32 is dead even with about 10% undecided. We NEED your involvement (GOTV SCHEDULE).
We have made it possible for you to download the literature on Prop 32 and we urge you to pass these out, not only in your workplace but in your neighborhood. If you need placards, lawn signs or more materials contact Jessica Chavez at (714) 740-6218 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support of the Teamsters Union.
Patrick D. Kelly
NO ON PROP 32-
EMERGENCY NOTICE TO ALL!!! English Spanish
STOP THE WAR ON WORKERS AND
HELP STOP PROP 32!
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO PRECINCT WALK THIS WEEKEND SEE FLYER
MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY-TREASURER PATRICK D. KELLY
Fri July 13, 2012
Teamsters Local 952 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) are closely monitoring developments with Supervalu. The crash in their stock price yesterday and the further decline today indicate that we should all observe the market developments around this major employer. We have over 800 members and their families earning a living at Albertsons. If you have any information with respect to Albertsons that you believe is influential to our concerns call your business representative at (714) 740-6200 or email us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of the Teamsters Union!
What's Wrong With America's Supermarkets? Traditional Grocery Stores Are Caught in the Middle, Losing Market Share to Discounters as Well as Specialty Shops By ANNIE GASPARRO And TIMOTHY W. MARTIN
July 12, 2012
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Lotts’ Family Fundraiser
Andrew Lotts- 20 years old Son of Coach Operator Edward Lotts was critically injured in Afghanistan
U.S. Army, Ft. Lewis, WA
Donations may be sent to Edward Lotts at P.O. Box 5934, Orange, CA 92863
Teamsters Union Local 166 is currently on strike at Anheuser-Busch Sales Company in Riverside, CA. The Bloomington based Teamster Local represents approximately 120 Delivery Drivers and Warehousemen at Anheuser Bush's Riverside facility. The workers took their fight to the picket line after the Company submitted a last, best & final offer to the Union with proposals to take away retiree healthcare coverage and the Delivery Driver hourly pay system. Local 166's Principal Officer Mike Bergen, Business Agent Mike Pharris, and Organizer Andy "The Truth" Budai.
Today, Teamsters Local 952 demanded recognition with Hall's Culligan Water - Culligan of Sylmar and filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board - Region 31. When you see Culligan workers encourage them to vote Teamsters YES!
If you have any questions you can call Organizers Jeff Sweet at (714) 740-6210 or (714) 740-6248.
Thank you for your support of the Teamsters Union.
Last night Teamsters Locals 848, 952 & 986 held a strike vote where the members overwhelmingly authorized a strike if necessary. The Teamsters Union is hoping to continue negotiations towards a fair and equitable settlement. As we have more information we will notify you.
Thank you for your support of the Teamsters Union.
ALERT TO ALL TEAMSTERS!!!
Possible STRIKE ACTION Against Coca-Cola Refreshments Over 7-11 Pilot Program. Picket Lines may begin at Coke Facilities Saturday, June 16th or Sunday, June 17th
We need to preserve good jobs, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE TEAMSTERS!
Equal Sacrifice or We Strike
Thousands of Teamsters across America work hard every day for Hostess bakeries. They've taken retirement and wage cuts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to keep Hostess afloat during a previous bankruptcy caused by mismanagement and greed.
Despite glaring evidence of continued management incompetence, Wall Street financiers that control Hostess allowed mismanagement to run amok and put Hostess into bankruptcy again.
Shortly before filing for a new bankruptcy, Hostess top executives gave themselves huge pay raises - the CEO got a 300% pay increase. And now they want workers to take even bigger cuts?
A strike may mean the end of the company, but if the courts and the lenders continue to tolerate mismanagement and self-dealing, and refuse to listen to the workers, Hostess is doomed already.
Thanks to all who joined us Saturday at the the Boot Camp in El Monte. There were over 1400 Teamster Brothers and Sisters showing solidarity.
To stay updated on upcoming events and to learn more on the ballot initiative Paycheck Deception sign up for Joint Council 42 text group. Step 1 - Using a smartphone, send a text message to: 86466 Step 2 - In the message screen, type: JC42 Step 3 - Press SEND
We would like to wish Michael Withrow a happy retirement from the CVS/pharmacy warehouse and thank him for the many years of service as a shop steward.
As Teamsters, it is vital that we support strong and proven legislators like Tom Daly, who are willing to fight on behalf of working families and who are not afraid to stand up and become warriors against the "War on Workers" and have signed the Proclamation against this fall's deceptive "Paycheck Destruction" Initiative.
If you would like to get involved, call Jessica Chavez at (714) 740-6218 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Tom Daly for Assembly at http://www.tomdalyforassembly.com/
Teamster Endorsements for California June 5 Election VOTE the Teamster Ticket!
CONGRESS SENATE 8 NO ENDORSEMENT 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) 23 NO ENDORSEMENT 21 NO ENDORSEMENT 24 Lois Capps (D) 23 NO ENDORSEMENT 25 Lee Rogers (D) 25 Carol Liu (D) 26 No Action yet 27 Fran Pavley (D) 27 Jude Chu (D) 29 NO ENDROSEMENT 28 Adam Schiff (D) 31 Richard Roth (D) 29 Tony Cardenas (D) 33 Ricardo Lara (D) 30 Brad Sherman (D) 35 Rod Wright (D) 31 Pete Agilar (D) 37 Steve Young (D) 32 Grace Napolitano (D) 39 Marty Block (D) 33 Henry Waxman (D) 34 Xavier Becerra (D) 35 Joe Baca, Sr. (D) 36 Raul Ruiz (D) 37 Karen Bass (D) 38 Linda Sanchez (D) 39 Jay Chen (D) 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) 41 Mark Takano (D) 42 NO ENDORSEMENT 43 Maxine Waters (D) 44 Laura Richardson (D) 45 Sukhee Kang (D) 46 Loretta Sanchez (D) 47 Alan Lowenthal (D) 48 NO ENDORSEMENT 49 NO ENDORSEMENT 50 NO ENDORSEMENT 51 Denise Ducheny (D) 52 NO RECOMMENDATION 53 NO ENDORSEMENT
ASSEMBLY 33 NO ENDORSEMENT 56 NO ENDROSEMENT 34 NO ENDORSEMENT 57 Rudy Bermudez (D) 35 NO ENDORSEMENT 58 Tom Calderon (D) 36 NO ENDORSEMENT 59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D) 37 Das Williams (D) 60 NO ENDORSEMENT 38 NO ENDORSEMENT 61 Jose Medina (D) 39 Richard Alarcon (D) 62 Steven Bradford (D) 40 NO ENDORSEMENT 63 Anthony Rendon (D) 41 Michael Cacciotti (D) 64 Isadore Hall (D) Chris Holden (D) 65 OPEN 42 Mark Orozco (D) 66 Al Muratsuchi (D) 43 Mike Gatto (D) 67 NO ENDORSEMENT 44 NO ENDORSEMENT 68 NO ENDORSEMENT 45 Bob Blumenfield (D) 69 Tom Daly (D) 46 Adrin nazarian (D) 70 Bonnie Lowenthal (D) 47 Joe Baca, Jr. (D) 71 NO ENDORSEMENT 48 Roger Hernandez (D) 72 Joe Dovinh (D) 49 Edwin Chau (D) 73 NO ENDORSEMENT 50 Torrie Osborn (D) 74 NO ENDORSEMENT 51 Jimmy Gomez (D) 75 NO ENDORSEMENT 52 Norma Torres (D) 77 No Action Yet 53 John Perez (D) 78 Toni Atkins (D) 54 Holly Mitchell (D) 79 Sid Voorakkara (D) 55 Curt Hagman (R) 80 Ben Hueso (D)
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE JUNE 5TH PRIMARY IS MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
There is a national effort underway to see that High Speed Rail becomes a reality in America. High-speed rail has been moving passengers at speeds of up to 220 mph in other countries around the world since 1964, when it was inaugurated in Japan almost 50 years ago. France inaugurated its high speed rail system in 1981, and other countries in Europe and Asia have followed.
Now, we're fighting to make high speed rail a reality in America, starting in California, and you can help.
Go to StandUpForTrains.org. This site allows California residents to send an email in support of HSR to their State Senator and Assemblymember. This is critical, given the Assembly and State Senate will soon vote on the appropriation of $2.3 billion in rail bonds to begin construction of the first phase by the end of the year.
Additionally, StandUpforTrains.org provides a link for non-California residents to reach out to their members and friends in California to do the same.
HSR is pragmatic and fiscally conservative because it's a smart investment in the nation's future. HSR creates millions of jobs, revives our manufacturing sector, stimulates real estate development, and sets up America to save energy, money, and time - year after year. It delivers a fast and reliable transportation option, it protects the nation from energy price spikes, and increases national security by reducing our dependency on foreign oil.
Massive congestion is choking our major metropolitan areas, costing Americans $110 billion a year in lost productivity and wasted fuel. Los Angeles and San Francisco airports are at capacity. We must invest in a passenger rail alternative. The longer we wait, the less livable our cities will become and the more expensive the alternatives will be. The French and Japanese proved decades ago that the concept can succeed.
High-speed rail is successful and profitable everywhere else in the world, and it will work here. That's why today, the California High Speed Rail Authority approved the revised HSR Business Plan. Now we begin the campaign for the California State Assembly and Senate to approve funding.
California is leading the way for the rest of the country to develop high-speed rail by finding solutions to the many challenges faced in this kind of process. Rail projects throughout the country have already benefited from California's leadership. They will benefit even more when the project begins construction. Having the California Legislature vote "Yes" will be a major breakthrough for California - and for the whole country.
That is why it is so important that you get your friends in California to show their support, so that someday we can all have high-speed rail.
Please visit StandUpForTrains.org to get started and help us make high-speed rail a reality!
TOLL GROUP PORT TRUCK DRIVERS in Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters Union! 46 to 15
It is believed to be the first union election in port trucking since deregulation of the industry and the subsequent onslaught of illegal misclassification of port truck drivers as "independent contractors" and widespread denial of their employee rights.
Shop Steward and Teamster activist Doug Martin passed away on Sunday May 20, 2012 at his Garden Grove home. Doug was a Teamster for over 20 years and a shop steward at Schreiber Foods in Fullerton for 10 years. Recently he was involved in negotiating a new contract with Schreiber Foods that was ratified in February. He was respected by the Teamsters Union and Schreiber Foods as a great worker and resolved many issue's before they became a grievance. In April he helped get a member back to work at a Dairy panel that resulted in the member receiving a back pay settlement that was the largest panel award against an employer in many years. Doug also understood that involvement within the Teamsters is key for our future, he coordinated with the D.R.I.V.E. rep the most successful signing of D.R.I.V.E. cards at Schreiber Foods. In memory of Doug Martin we need to complete his last unfinished task of registering members to vote. He was a regular at the monthly membership meetings. His voice and presence will be greatly missed.
Services will be held as follows:
Place: Living Spring Christian Fellowship 9851 Bixby Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92841 Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012 Time: 3:00 p.m.
Join Us for the Campaign Office Grand Opening. You'll have the chance to meet with Al and a precinct walk to kick things off. Support Al's efforts to keep the focus on Long Beach neighborhoods. Saturday, March 3, 2012 10:00 am 3811 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, 90807 (Cross street E. Bixby Road)
Costa Mesa is in the process of attempting to become a Charter City for the purpose of eliminating prevailing wage. Many of our members and their families will be greatly affected by eliminating the prevailing wage requirement. The protection of local jobs for local workers was one of the main reasons for establishing prevailing wages through legislation in 1930; to stop importing unskilled, cheap workers and undercutting local wages. We can not let this happen in Costa Mesa. We need your help. Hopefully, the City Council will listen to its residents.
The City Council is hosting several Public Hearings to receive Public comments regarding the proposed Charter. The first Public Hearing is scheduled:
January 10, 2012 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM Costa Mesa Council Chambers 77 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA
If you can take some time and come by to support the CAUSE that would be appreciated.
Pictures from the "Emergency Demonstration" on
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th where 26 Port Truck Drivers Were Let Go for Organizing a Union at Toll, a massive Australian-Owned Company! Final Paychecks Bounced! Toll Steals Their Jobs -- And Then Their Pay! Join Us In This Fight For Justice!
TOLL MUST PAY!!!!!!!!!
SECRETARY TREASURER PATRICK D. KELLY ROUNDTABLE TALK!
Labor Outlook for Ports Roundtable
Port of Long Beach
Toll Group, an Australian logistics company with operations at the Port of Los Angeles, fired 26 drivers last week after they came to work wearing Teamster t-shirts to show that they want to be our brothers. And to add insult to injury, when workers went to cash or deposit their final pay checks, they learned that they were drawn on a non-existent account!
In America, workers have the right to join a union. But Toll is trying to intimidate their employees and prevent them from exercising their rights.
Act Now to Support the Toll 26!
Join us to demand that Toll respect workers' rights and reinstate the fired employees. Send an email to the Toll Group today and tell them to stop the campaign of harassment and retaliation against these drivers, reinstate the fired workers and respect their right to organize a union with the Teamsters.
Your message will be sent to Andrew Ethell, General Manager of Group Corporate Affairs, Toll Group.
Join Us to Fight Back!
This won’t be the end of it! We are prepared to take this company on in Los Angeles, in Australia with the support of our sister union there, or wherever they do business—and we’ll need your help as this fight escalates. Please visit http://grimtruthattollgroup.com/ for more information and be ready to help us continue the fight for justice at Toll Group.
We urge you to contact your elected Officials
and URGE them to OPPOSE FREE TRADE DEALS
Democrats Pivot From Boeing Battle To Broad Defense Of Unions
By Kevin Bogardus - 07/26/11
House Democrats pivoted off Republican criticism of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Tuesday to mount a full-throated defense of labor unions.
Senior House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), rallied union members at a press conference where lawmakers and labor leaders blasted Republicans for attacking the labor board. The House is expected to vote this week on legislation that would limit the NLRB’s authority. TO READ ON CLICK HERE
On Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th Local 952 Business Representatives, Executive Board and Shop Stewards handbilled at the Irvine BMW in support of Working Families. To find out more on what BMW is up to click here
CONGRATULATIONS CESAR HERRERA!
Local 952 Member and Employee of 7-Up Orange. Brother Herrera has been a merchandiser for over 25 years and was terminated without just cause. After going through a lengthy grievance and arbitration process, on December 31, 2010 the arbitrator awarded Cesar reinstatement with seniority, back pay and benefits dating back to October 22, 2009.
On June 29, 2011 Brother Herrera received his check which included wages of $53,171.90, medical backpay of $1,944.54 for a total of $55,116.44. He is also receiving 2,522 hours of pension. Good job Brother!
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May 4, 2011
CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY HEARING
on a measure to protect Port Truck Drivers and Public Safety
Assembly Bill 950 (AB-950),
the Truck Driver Employment and Public Safety Protection Act
will provide the State with a clear solution to address serious public safety problems related to the port trucking industry
FEDEX FLYING WORKERS OVER TO EUROPE TO BATTLE STRIKES IN PARIS
May 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
DECISION - ABF CASE
Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (St. Louis) reversed and remanded a lower court's dismissal of ABF's lawsuit against the International Brotherhodd of Teamsters, YRC, Inc., Trucking Management, Inc. and other related entities.
You can also drag the bar on the Media Player. Public Comment for the Item begins at 12:11
********* MISSION LINEN DRIVERS JOIN TEAMSTERS
August 3, 2010
Drivers with Mission Linen in Chino, California, recently joined Teamsters Local 952 in Orange. The 34 drivers, who primarily deliver linens to restaurants and hotels, united for respect and fair treatment on the job. "The big thing for us is respect. our work is very demanding and that's all we want in return", said Prudencio Quintana, Jr., a three-year driver. Don Brewster, Teamsters Local 952 Vice President, said the local has just begun negotiations with the company on a first cotnract.
Audio Of National YRCW Conference Call On June 29, 2010
A national conference call providing an update to YRCW Teamsters took place on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, and the audio of the call is available. The call updated members about the two joint labor-management committees that have begun to address the YRCW companies re-entry into Teamster pension funds in January 2011 and ways to enhance the companies’ competitiveness in the freight industry. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
SUPPORT PENSION REFORM:
Pension relief, the FAA Bill with the Express Carrier provision, and the US Free trade agreement with Kora are all pieces of legislation that are critical to Teamster members and their families. We ask for your assistant over the July recess in making sure that Members of Congress understand the importance of these issues. We encourage our members to write letters and make phone calls to their Members of congress to discuss support for pension relief legislation, the Express Carrier provison, and trad legislation.