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.
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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!
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).
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just a little add-on from last episode but with a focus on California, my home state! Here's the link to the article: https://www.ocregister.com/2019/02/12/californias-union-membership-falls-to-14-year-low/amp/
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.