(San Jose, CA) – On November 2nd, 2023, the entire clerical bargaining unit of Garden City Sanitation, consisting of eight members, unanimously approved a new five-year deal. This agreement significantly enhances wages and pension contributions, maintains full benefits, and brings back certain bargaining unit tasks.
The proactive committee, led by President Sergio Arranaga, Larry Daugherty, who serves as the Solid Waste & Recycling Representative, and committee member Sister Gina Jimenez, alongside several Local 350 representatives, played a pivotal role in securing this agreement.
“I am honored to represent a united and determined unit that successfully ratified their new contract. This unity enabled us to negotiate an impactful agreement, providing economic advancements for our members and establishing a benchmark in the South Bay industry. It reaffirms that when we unite with solidarity, positive outcomes are achieved,” said Brother Arranaga.
Garden City Sanitation, recently acquired by Waste Connections, has been serving San Jose since July 2007. The clerical unit, with its various classifications, plays a crucial role in catering to the needs of residents in single-family homes across multiple districts in San Jose, forming an integral part of the company’s daily operations.
“I would like to thank the Local Union and all the representatives for their time, effort, and dedication to getting the best possible contract for our Clerical Unit. We are happy with our wage increases and keeping our benefits the same. It is reassuring to see that the Local continues to fight as hard for us today as they did on our first contract 23 years ago. We are grateful and proud to be members of Local 350.” said Sister Gina Jimenez
“The vote speaks for itself – I’m proud that the Local Union continues to build upon the hard work and standards set by the previous contracts for these more than deserving members. They come in daily to do their job, and the company wouldn’t run without them,” said Brother Daugherty.
Teamsters Local 350, founded on October 8, 1936, serves as the representative body for members across the Solid Waste & Recycling Industry, Laundry Division, and Public Sector Division in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties.
Fight together, win together!