Landmark Settlements on Key Contracts

Secretary-Treasurer's Report - Holiday 2019

As we close the chapter on 2019, your Local is once again in the forefront of settling historic contracts and setting the highest standards for other Locals to meet. This past year, our Business Agents and Officers settled numerous contracts including: liquor, Costco, Busing, Pepsi Cola, the City and County of San Francisco, and many more.

In the coming year, dozens more contracts will open, including Coca Cola, Matagrano, Bottomley, Anheuser Busch– Oakland, DS Waters, Mission Linen, and First Transit–Redwood City.

As we go to press, the Local is in intense bargaining with Sysco Foods. Members of Local 853 and Local 137, based in Redding, are working under expired contracts. Together, the two Locals have filed numerous unfair labor charges against this company.

Sysco is following a nasty pattern. Local 455, based in Denver, CO, had to go on strike. The Local there also had to file numerous unfair labor practice charges. Your Local, along with Local 137, is working hard to avoid a strike, but this company may leave us no option.

The 2020 Elections

In addition to our vital work of organizing, negotiating contracts, and representing our members, next year will be a time for us to become increasingly active in the political arena; 2020 is an important election year. We cannot stand by and continue to have the Trump Administration destroy the many gains the labor movement has made since the Great Depression. The 2020 election will be the most important for Labor in almost 100 years.

If you are not yet registered to vote or if you have moved, REGISTER and VOTE! Also, the next time a D.R.I.V.E. representative shows up at your worksite, sign up! Making g e n e r o u s p o l i t i c a l donations through the union is one of the few ways you have to fight back against the anti-worker politicians.

Local 853 Leadership

Team In closing, this will be my last column as Secretary-Treasurer. Rome Aloise, who built this great Local over the past 30 years, will be returning soon. I know he looks forward to seeing and working with all of you once again.

This has been an interesting and challenging two years for me. I would like to thank everyone for their support during this time. I never would have made it without the backing and confidence of the members and staff. It speaks volumes about this great Local and this great union.

I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays, and let’s remember to be thankful for everything we have.