Members Save Right to Elect Stewards in L.A.

The members of Los Angeles Local 396 saved their right to elect their shop stewards in a rebuke to Hoffa Vice President Ron Herrera.


Sanitation Teamsters met-up after the Los Angeles Local 396 union meeting where they protected their right to elect stewards.

Local 396 principal officer and Hoffa VP Ron Herrera tried to pass an amendment to the Local 396 bylaws to give “final and binding” authority to appoint stewards to the local union executive board.

The change could have effectively stripped members of their right to elect their stewards.

Herrera claimed that the change was only to allow temporary appointment of stewards when new facilities open up. In fact, the language was not limited to new facilities and stated that elected stewards could be booted out by the executive board, without a hearing.

Herrera turned out stewards and loyalists to vote his way at the March 25 membership meeting. But TDU members and others organized to save the right to elect stewards.

A majority of the 300 members present voted to approve the amendment. But the count fell far short of the two-thirds needed to amend the bylaws. The rank-and-file had defeated Herrera’s power grab.

Herrera claimed, when asked by a UPS Teamster, that only a majority vote was needed to change the bylaws, but alert members knew that was false.

Isidro.jpg“Members are getting involved, and standing up to defend our rights. We showed that at the union meeting,” said Isidro Valdivia (pictured left) a Teamster Steward at Waste Management in Chino, California.

Herrera is an International Vice President and the Director of the Solid Waste Division of the IBT. He made $268,119 in union salaries in 2016.

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  • Lawrence Cruz
    commented 2018-05-09 17:18:07 -0400
    Ron missed the boat, the 15 dollar increase at Local 396 is 10 years behind. The state is going to implement it anyway in a few years. Because he refused to address the issue last contract, it will just become minimum wage again.
  • Shaun Rothwell
    commented 2018-04-09 17:15:36 -0400
    Back your people 396
  • Shaun Rothwell
    commented 2018-04-09 17:14:26 -0400
    Went to a union meeting wen Ron was being sworn in wen they told him to repeat the part about returning $$$at the end of his presidency he said he would take all the money and not give it back not to mention he keeps rats and company sellouts around him my local steward James Shaw rats out people all the time a security guard and Supervisor was outside heard him ratting people out he spends most of the time he’s there trying to get people fired or hanging in the office yet the business agent and ron love him cause he does what they want and make it so the union doesn’t have to work so hard in jail if your a rat we know what happens your not a true g if your a snitch
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-04-01 02:44:36 -0400
    your better off getting out of ups and getting away from the teamsters,no one should have to pay into a pension for yesrs then when they retire your money is gone and your pension is cut
  • Anonymous
    commented 2018-03-31 21:50:10 -0400
    Well as far as I know FedEx also have benefits and paid vacations for all workers, and they don’t even have a union, and the paid is 13$ starting .. I am considering switching to FedEx if Ups doesn’t give us a raised or if Ron Herrera doesn’t give us what he promised us..
  • ramon aguirre
    commented 2018-03-31 21:20:39 -0400
    i work in waste managmnt in long beach we have bad union contract bad representation weak cause this guy herrera he is with the company not with us
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-03-29 01:20:22 -0400
    dont let these union thugs intimidate you,these hoffa thugs had the nerve to cut our pensions money that we slaved for,while they helped themselves to it.they want to control every aspect ot the union,all the money in the union belongs to the members not to hoffa or his thugs.dont allow them to sell you out of a contract with ups ,for years hoffa has given ups everything they want,this creep has done nothing for you.
  • Anonymous
    commented 2018-03-28 22:55:46 -0400
    What is going to happen with the $15 raised that Ron Herrera promised to all upsers, if it doesn’t happen i have to quit.. and focus on my college degree instead of waiting my time and energies working at Ups..
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-03-28 13:55:53 -0400
    look at the money these criminal make from our pension fund ,we dont earn any where near that and we are the ones that do the work,i dont think any official in the teamsters should earn more than the top earner of the rank and file,this is gross negligence of the use of our money,members need to get together a d stop this nonsence,our pensions are being cut,but none of their pensions or salaries are being cut but yet its our money.
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