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Latest News from Local 853

Union Strong day at the ballpark

Join your brothers and sisters in the labor movement for a great game in Oakland – A’s vs. Yankees on April 15. Contact the Alameda Building Trades Council ( or the Labor Council ( for details.

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Scholarship time

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is open now for applications. The fund awards $1,000 to $10,000 to high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university, and $500 to $2,000 for use at community colleges or trade schools. The scholarships are available to the sons, daughters,

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Member Resources

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  • Local 853 works with a wide variety of health and welfare plans, retirement and pension plans, and more. For a list of the plans that serve most members, click here. If you don’t know which plan(s) you have, contact your business agent or call the office at 510-895-8853.
Steve Beck

Meet your new Principal Officer

First, I want to introduce you to each other. Local 853 is the combined strength of our 13,000+ members who stand together for solid contracts that improve their wages, benefits, and working conditions. You work in numerous industries, from A to Z — Artists to Zookeepers. You work across the Greater Bay Area, up to the Oregon border, down the Central Coast, and out towards Sacramento. In all, Local 853 has contracts with more than 300 employers. Teamsters Local 853

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Why is your union important to you?

Emily Ramirez

“We have a voice at work. We just got a new contract and got big wage and pension increases.”

Lloyd Embry

“Our rights, standards, quality of work, pay raises, health benefits. And strong leadership.”

Wilson Po

“The union protects our jobs and provides good benefits and stable working conditions. I appreciate the Brotherhood – especially!”

Membership Meetings

Membership meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings  are held at our Oakland union hall: 7750 Pardee Lane, Oakland. 

  • February 9 • March 9 • April 13 • May 11

  • Membership meetings start at 7 p.m. Come early for pizza


Pension Planning Meetings

To help members make their retirement decisions, 

we schedule appointments to meet with Pension Office staff

as follows:


OAKLAND: Second Wednesday of the month

WATSONVILLE: First Wednesday & Thursday of each month

SAN JOSE: Last Friday of each month 


Call the Local 853 office staff at 510-895-8853 to 

make an appointment