December 16, 2018  
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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

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2019 Available Scholarships

Dec 06, 2018 (11:08:41)

2019 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Now available!

The James R. Hoffa Scholarship is available for daughters, sons and financially dependents of Teamster members. Academic scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00 for high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university and Training/Vocaional program awards of up to $2,000.00 for use at community colleges and trade schools.

To access the JRHMSF application process go to:

Please use the JRHMSF for the "Key"

For general questions about the James R. Hoffa memorial Scholarship Fund, please call 855-670-ISTS (4787) or e-mail:

January 2019 General Membership Meeting

Dec 10, 2018 (14:53:00)

January 2019
General Membership Meeting

When:     Thursday, January 17, 2019

Where:    Teamsters Local 542 Meeting Hall

                 4666 Mission Gorge Place

                 San Diego, CA 92120

Check-In:     7:00 p.m.

Start Time:   7:30 p.m.

Teamsters Local 542 member's children are awarded with the California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship

Oct 18, 2018 (15:43:30)
City of Brawley Craft Meetings

Sep 19, 2018 (16:59:00)

2018 City of Brawley Craft Meetings

Craft Meetings for Teamsters Local 542 members employed with the City of Brawley, CA are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 3:30 p.m. in Public Works back lounge.

May 16, 2018

June 20, 2018

July 18, 2018

August 15, 2018

September 19, 2018

October 17, 2018

November 21, 2018

December 19, 2018

Joint Council 42 Scholarship Winner

Sep 19, 2018 (17:00:00)

Elissa Vicente daughter of Eileen Gaspar from Costco 483 South East is awarded one of Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarships.

Elissa Vicente daughter of Eileen Vicente who performs work at Southeast Costco (Market Street San Diego) is one of the recipients of the 2018 Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarships.

It's very satisfiying to know that Teamsters Local 542 member's children have such a strong commitment to higher education and Teamsters Local 542 is honored to be a conduit in their quest to achieve their goal.

Congratulations Elissa!

2018 Rick Aceves Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Aug 01, 2018 (14:37:00)

2018 Teamsters Local 542

Rick Aceves Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Teamsters Local 542 is proud to announce and congratulate the recipients of the following Scholarships:

Four Year Scholarship:

  • Sophie Burns is the daughter of Trent Burns from Santee Costco
  • Jocelynn Velasquez is the daughter of Sonia Velasquez from County of Imperial
  • Gerardo Medina is the son of Gerardo Medina from UPS Chula Vista

One time Scholarship:

  • Elissa Vicente daughter of Eileen Gaspar from Southeast Costco
  • Hana Garcia daughter of Julie Garcia from County of Imperial.

The Executive Board and Staff of Teamsters Local 542 wish all of our recipients a bright future and much success in their future endeavors.

Retiree's Corner

Oct 18, 2018 (15:18:00)

Welcome to the San Diego Teamsters Retirees

We meet the third Thursday every month at:

Teamsters Local 542 Meeting Hall
4666 Mission Gorge Pl., San Diego, CA 92120

Our business meeting begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting is preceded by a social hour from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. where you can get coffee and donuts complements of the four Teamsters Locals (36, 481, 542, & 683) located in San Diego.

Our meetings are open to ALL retired Teamsters.

Dues are $15.00 a year.

During the year we have numerous speakers covering different subjects that affect the lives of retirees.  There is also a raffle held at each meeting.

We hold an annual luncheon that includes a raffle. The luncheon has become an event that we look forward to as an opportunity to have a social time with our members as well as their families.

Our president is former YRC Shop Steward John Norman.

John Norman can be reached at: 

(619) 562-5796

UPS Retirees Meetings

Dec 10, 2018 (15:01:00)


UPS Retiree Breakfast Meeting of December 2018 will be at:

Gus' Subs
5620 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
(619) 462-4877
Friday, December 7, 2018

 9:00 a.m.


Friday, December 14, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Hamburger Factory Family Restaurant

hamburger factory logo

14122 Midland Rd.,

Poway, CA


From I-15 head east on Camino del Norte for about five lights
and turn right on Midland Road. It will be on the right in the park.

South UPS'rs are welcome to attend!

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