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Recology San Francisco Transfer Station ratifies a new five-year deal!

On the morning of Sunday, February 19, 2023, the eighty-nine-person Recology San Francisco Transfer Station unit ratified a new five-year deal. The unit consists of various classifications ranging from Material Handlers, Sweepers, Forklift Operators, Weighmasters, and more. The new agreement maintains these classifications as the industry leader in wages and complete benefits packages.

β€œWe pushed the employer as far as they were willing to go until they gave us a last, best, and final offer, which included an immediate 10% increase in wages (20.5% over the life of theΒ CBA), as well as significant pension improvements and language that provides more opportunities for advancement into higher paying positions,” said John Bouchard, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 350. β€œIt took a long time to get to this point, but we wanted to ensure that we got the best deal possible for our members in recognition of their difficult and important work. It wasn’t about getting a contract done; we wanted to get the right contract done.”

The bargaining committee was spearheaded by Recording Secretary Juan Coca and elected committee members Maurice Smith Jr, a 16-year member, and Tom Schiller, a 38-year member.

β€œI feel pretty good about the contract we got. Of course, you always want more and can’t please everyone, but that’s why we are bargaining over an agreement. We gained quite a bit and did not lose anything. This was my first time being on the negotiating team, and while it had its challenges, it was good to be a part of the process and a great learning experience. Our pension increased nicely, and some contract language issues were addressed and corrected. β€œBrother Maurice Smith Jr said.

Brother Tom Schiller states, β€œWe have retained all our benefits from previous agreements, and now we have increased and added to them, which is a monumental achievement. I want to thank everyone who was involved.”

While the contract successfully passed, the Local Union and its leaders realize that there is still work to be done.

β€œWe still have work to do to make sure our members feel appreciated and respected by the employer, and we’ll continue fighting to achieve that.” Said Secretary-Treasurer John Bouchard.

Teamsters Local 350 was chartered on October 8, 1936, and proudly represents members in the solid waste and recycling industry, linen Industry, and the public sector in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties.

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