Thoroughbred Teamsters

Thoroughbred Teamsters

By J. Rich
This is an unofficial Teamsters podcast.


I'm a proud Teamster informing you of the Labor Movement's past, present, and future. No politics, no trolling, no bullshit. Just someone who loves being in a labor union and wants to share what I've learned over the years.

If you got any shout outs, feedback, ideas, comments, or just want to share your experiences, hit me up at:

- Twitter (@norcalteamster)
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E43- A Productive Friday
Taking on a little bit more responsibilities with 315 and this was my first official day. Definitely had a "first day at school" type of vibe.
October 13, 2019
E42- Let's Catch Up
It's been almost two weeks since last episode so I just wanted to fill you in on what I have been up to.
October 9, 2019
E41- Conversation w/ My Retired Center Manager
A conversation with my center manager that I used to bump heads with on the daily.
September 27, 2019
E40- UAW's Strike History
This episode is in honor of the nearly 50,000 GM workers on strike. In this episode we go over some of the UAW's more historic strikes.
September 22, 2019
E39- Interview w/ Oakley's Newest Circle of Honor Driver
Had a chance to interview our newest Circle of Honor driver, Ernie A. Even if you are not a driver in browns, there is some valuable tips and insight we discuss no matter what union or industry you are in. We discuss topics such as safety, longevity in the industry, financial tips, and more. Check it out! 7es9s9xt
September 8, 2019
E38- Teamsters Related News
Had a couple articles fly by me on the social media that I wanted to touch upon- Local 25's strike against Republic Services and the Phone Jackers FINALLY GOT CAUGHT! Plus, I added a little bonus at the end of the episode that is actually gonna lead up to something bigger over the next few episodes (hopefully). 856xexcz
September 6, 2019
E37- The Haymarket Square Riot: The TRUE Reason for Labor Day
Before there was Labor Day, there was May Day. It's a lesser known labor holiday that is highly celebrated in other developed countries except for where it originated- the good ol' US of A. This episode explains why.
September 1, 2019
E36- Following Up...
Just touching on some of the recent topics discussed on previous episodes, such as Teamsters Day at the Park, A/C's in the delivery trucks, and what happened after I was called into the office.
August 30, 2019
E35- Got Called into Office This Morning...
Just another day in the Oakley building with the exception that I got called into the office with several other drivers after the PCM (aka morning meeting). Check out this episode to find out why. (HINT: It wasn't to congratulate us on anything)
August 22, 2019
You goin to the SF @ OAK game this Saturday (8/24)?
Just seeing if any of y'all going to game this Saturday.
August 20, 2019
E34- Big Brown's Investment in Autonomous Trucks
In this episode I read from an article written by Jerry Hirsch on UPS investing in autonomous trucks and share my thoughts and opinions on it. I also check-in on what I did this weekend and failed to introduce my new music for my intros and outros.
August 19, 2019
E33- Heatwave in the Bay
Used my lunch break to do an episode. Just talking about the heatwave we dealing with out here, the Shop Steward Appreciation & Seminar this past Saturday, and an update on the delivery driver robberies.
August 14, 2019
E32- Delivery Drivers Are Getting Jacked
The Bay Area has had an increase in delivery driver robberies. The thieves are specifically targeting our fellow Teamsters on route. This episode is with one of those Teamsters.
August 4, 2019
E31- PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Originally: "Ep 15- I got discharged"...
I released E15 back in mid-February but had to unpublish it due to the uncertainty of my employment status. So on my six month anniversary of almost throwing it all away, I decided it was time to republish it. This episode isn't about what happened that led to my discharge but more about I was going through two weeks into my discharge.
July 29, 2019
E30- The Push for A/C in Work Trucks
This episode explains how workers at Big Brown are pushing for A/C in their work trucks.
July 26, 2019
E29- Who is Lorena Gonzalez & What is CA AB5?
This episode discusses what Lorena Gonzalez has been doing in the great state of California helping crackdown on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Just another reason why we need pro-union members in our government.
July 13, 2019
E28- Independent Contractors & the Gig Economy
I start with a check-in and then do my best to explain what an "Independent contractor" & the "Gig Economy" each are.
June 22, 2019
E27.5- Interview LU 315 President Alberto Ruiz (Part 2 of 2)
This SECOND part (2/2) of the interview discusses DRIVE (Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education) and how it helps put labor-friendly elected officials in positions to help us, such as assistance with putting the union message back in school.
June 13, 2019
E27- Interview LU 315 President Alberto Ruiz (Part 1 of 2)
Part 1 of our interview discusses 315's vision and plans for putting the union message back in the school systems.
June 13, 2019
E26- Walmart Got Robot Employees
I share my thoughts on Walmart introducing their robotic workforce. Content from a Washington Post article by Drew Harwell titled, "As Walmart Turns to Robots, It's the Human Workers Who Feel Like Machines."
June 8, 2019
E25- Overloaded Myself
This episode I discuss why it took me four weeks to put out an episode. I also explain how I support jobs that pay fair wages and which companies don't get my money anymore.
June 3, 2019
E24- Part-timers Stepped Up
Just a brief update on what our part-timers have accomplished since our first episode. THEY'RE STEPPIN UP!
May 9, 2019
E23- Public Service Announcement
Just a quick heads up on misconceptions of "refusing to sign" & social media at the workplace.
May 3, 2019
E22- Strike 2: Slaves on Strike
My growing love for labor history continues with chapter 2 of the book, A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis. This chapter covers the self-emancipation of the slaves of the south during the Civil War era.
April 26, 2019
E21- Checking-in
Just a quick check-in to let you all know what's going on with me and that I don't plan on going anywhere but to bare with me on the inconsistency of cranking these episodes out. I got plans but it's tough to execute when it's just a one-person operation.
April 8, 2019
E20- Strike 1: Lowell Mill Girls
I do my best to explain what challenges workers were going through and the exploitation they experienced at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The girls at Lowell Mill who fought against reduced wages, extended hours, and better working conditions during an era where not only workers' rights but also the rights of women and children were minimal to nonexistent.
April 4, 2019
E19- Historic Strikes
This episode sets up the direct I am going to take this podcast for the next several episodes on historic strikes. This is just one of the parts of labor history that fascinates me the most and I hope I am able to translate that through this podcast.
March 23, 2019
E18- What is a Strike?
Just a brief explanation on what a strike is, how it works, and how this episode sets up the next several episodes on stories of some of our more historic strikes in America.
March 18, 2019
E17- California's Labor Union Statistics
Just a little add-on from last episode but with a focus on California, my home state! Here's the link to the article:
March 4, 2019
E16- Labor Union Statistics
This episode goes over some 2018 statistics collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
March 3, 2019
E15- Quick Update
I express my gratitude, provide an update on the direction the podcast is going, and a quick shout out.
March 1, 2019
E14- THC in the Workplace
This episode discusses my understanding and experience with the sticky gooey, residuey substance at the workplace. I go over important information regarding the laws, the company's stance on it, and the contract language on it. I also share my past experience with it as well as give some advice.
March 1, 2019
E13- Supervisors Working
DISCLAIMER: THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS EPISODE DO NOT REPRESENT THE COMPANY OR TEAMSTERS IN ANY WAY, JUST TWO TEAMSTERS TALKING SHOP. This topic is something I'm truly passionate about. This episode first covers basic language in the National Master Agreement followed by my interview with Lynn from the Oakley building. We discuss how we feel when dealing with this matter that takes money from our pockets. It pisses us off and we hope it pisses you off too.
March 1, 2019
E12- Why & How to File a Grievance
Just general information on why we file grievances and how to fill them out and file them.
March 1, 2019
E11- Attaining & Maintaining Your Health Insurance
This episode discusses the value and importance of the health insurance we earn and what is required on our part to maintain it.
March 1, 2019
E10- Peak Season is Unofficially Over for Oakley
I was able to check-in with a couple of the fellas on how their peak went. Wanna check-in and let me know how yours went? Hit me up on Twitter @norcalteamster or Snap me at the same handle, norcalteamster. Lemme know wassup at your building!
March 1, 2019
E9- What is Seniority and How Does It Help Me?
This episode covers the basics of seniority such as why we have it, how we use it, and why it's important. Pass this info on to those newest at your shop.
March 1, 2019
E8- Contract Talk: "Hours of Work"
In this episode we go over Article 19 of the NorCal Sort Rider Agreement. We explain your guaranteed hours, overtime, and start time adjustments.
March 1, 2019
E7- Interview w/ LU 315 Secretary Treasurer Don E. Garcia
This episode we talk with Teamsters Local 315 Secretary- Treasurer, Don E. Garcia. We discuss his role as Secretary-Treasurer, challenges LU 315 faces, and the importance of union dues. He closes our discussion out with some great advice for those new to a labor union. Good stuff!
March 1, 2019
E6- Interview w/ LU 315 Business Agent Nick Berry
This interview with Nick Berry covers his role as a Business Agent and his views and insight on some of the challenges we face today. He also provides some great advice in the end. Check it out and get to know a little about the guy that fights hard for us behind closed doors.
March 1, 2019
E5- Protect Yourself with Weingarten Rights
This episode covers what your Weingarten Rights are, the origin of this important right, the purpose of it, and how to correctly invoke it.
March 1, 2019
E4- What is a Shop Steward?
In this episode we discuss what a shop steward is and the responsibilities we have to you and in the workplace.
March 1, 2019
E3- What is a Labor Contract?
We briefly discuss what a labor contract is and explain our National Master Agreement, the Northern California Supplemental Agreement, and the Northern California Sort Rider Agreement.
March 1, 2019
E2- Peak Season Helpers Rights
Just a quick episode on going over your rights as a peak season helper. We cover hours worked, wages, seniority, and a few extra points. INFORM YOURSELF.
March 1, 2019
E1- Back to Basics
This is NOT an official Teamsters podcast. All opinions and views expressed in this podcast are my own and do not represent any organization or business. This podcast is not sponsored by any organization or business and is self-funded. Welcome to the OFFICIAL 1st episode! In this episode we discuss what a labor union is, who the Teamsters are, and what a local union does.
March 1, 2019
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