Southern California Teamsters
February 20, 2015
Message from Phil Cooper, Secretary-Treasurer
I would like to start off discussing the Anthem Health Care data breach. Many of our members in both Branch 3 Beer and Branch 4 Soft Drink have health care provided by Anthem. As many of you are aware, Anthem was the victim of a data breach that was said to have affected millions of its clients. Anthem has announced that they will be working with AllClear ID, a leading and trusted identity protection provider, to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to current or former members of an affected Anthem plan dating back to 2004. For additional information, I encourage all of our members that have Anthem healthcare to please visit Anthemfacts.com. If you wish to enroll with AllClear ID, please enroll at https://anthem.allclearid.com/ or for those without Internet access or prefer assistance via telephone can call 877-263-7995.
We are well into contract negotiations with Coca-Cola. These negotiations affect over 1,300 teamsters from Locals 848, 952, 986 and of course 896. As expected, these negotiations are proceeding very slowly due to the many proposals on the table from both the company and the Unions involved. Local 896 is still trying to get the company to negotiate over the issue of Engineered Labor Standards and the driver Locals have the issue of small market vehicles to deal with. I am proud to report that your negotiating committee members are doing a fantastic job of representing their shops.
Pepsi negotiations will continue on February 25th after having about a month break due to scheduling issues. Pepsi has several proposals on the table that have to do with changing work rules and past practices. We will take our time and work through their proposals as well as our own. The goal of all negotiations is to get our members good contracts they can live with, increases in wages and pension contributions, and affordable healthcare.
Our members working at the Irwindale Brewery can expect their negotiations to begin in late April, continuing through May and possibly early June. Our Teamster brothers working at the two MillerCoors facilities in Texas and North Carolina both overwhelming ratified their contracts on February 8th, 2015. We know the issues they had to overcome in their negotiations and we’ll be prepared to tackle these same issues for our members.
We still have negotiations pending for Coca-Cola Victorville, Coca-Cola Ontario and Ace Beverage in 2015. The members of these facilities should be preparing for their negotiations hopefully by saving money and familiarizing themselves with their collective bargaining agreements. No dates have been set for these negotiations, but we will keep you posted.
This is the time of year the company’s our members work for usually start to hire for the busy season. All stewards need to introduce themselves to these prospective new members and help them understand the Union way and what we stand for. Please remind these new members of our Union security clause we put in all of our contracts that states, “They shall be required, as a condition of employment, to apply for and become members of, and maintain membership, in the Union within thirty-one (31) days following the beginning of their employment.” Please remind these new hires to contact the Union hall for important information as soon as possible.
For our members with High School Seniors, it’s Scholarship Season. Graduation is quickly approaching, and most scholarship applications will be due in a couple of months. The James R Hoffa Scholarship and the Joint Council 42 Scholarship are both available for download on our Local 896 website, teamsterslocal896.org. Some of the employers our members work for also have available scholarships as well as the cities we work and live in. Its important to file for as many scholarships as possible, college is expensive but worth it.
Congratulations to our recent retirees: Hector Lopez, George Ramirez and Robert Bruno
Our deepest condolences to the families of: John Albertson and Francis Macias. They will be remembered in our hearts and prayers.
Quarterly dues and/or assessment increases effective July 1, 2014 are as follows: AB Beach Cities - $183.00, Quality Logistics - $177.00, AB Van Nuys – 255.00, AB Van Nuys Weekenders/Seasonal - $120.00, Miller Clerical - $237.00, Miller Production/Brewing - $249.00, Miller-temps - $138.00, AB Sylmar - $189.00, Ace Beverage - $180.00, Allied Beverage - $198.00.
Payments may be mailed to: Local 896, 3303 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 300, Los Angeles CA 90010
Please see the Local 896 back page notice for your branch time and location of your membership meeting.
Hope to see you there!
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