February 22, 2018  
  Current Campaigns  
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.


  • 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.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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Saturday, February 24 2018 Working People's Day of Action

Feb 22, 2018 (16:46:00)
March General Membership Meeting

Feb 20, 2018 (15:18:00)

March 2018 General Membership Meeting

Teamsters Local 542's next General Membership Meeting will be:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Check In:       9:30 a.m.

Start Time:     10:00 a.m.

Location:  City of Vista Azalea Room
                      at the Gloria McClellan Center               
                  1400 Vale Terrace
                  Vista, CA 92084
2018 Scholarships Now Available

Jan 31, 2018 (16:15:00)

Teamsters Local 542 have available the following Scholarships for its members:

  • 2018 James R. Hoffa Scholarship. Deadline for application to be received: March 31, 2018.

To be eligible for the Academic Scholarship award, you must:

  • be a current high school senior who plans to enroll in a four-year college/university within the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada in fall 2018.
  • be a dependent son, daughter or financial dependent of Teamster member in good-standing.
  • be in the top 15% of your high school class.
  • be able to submit excellent ACT or SAT scores (US applicants only)

To be eligible for the Training and Vocational Scholarship award, you must:

  • plan to attend an accredited training or vocational non-baccalaureate program at a community college or other training institution, within the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada.
    • training or vocational programs must be related to work in a Teamster represented industry, class or craft.
  • be a dependent son, daughter or financial dependent of Teamster member in good-standing.

To apply please click here: 

  • 2018 Teamsters Local 542 "Rick Aveces Memorial Scholarship" Deadline to submit application May 4, 2018.

To be eligible for the Teamsters Local 542 "Rick Aveces Memorial Scholarship" award you must be the Daughter or Son of an active Teamsters Local 542 member graduating from High School in 2018. Click her to download application. or click on the Downloads tab on the left side menu.

  • 2018 Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarship Program

Applicants must be the child of an active Teamsters Union member of a Local Union affiliated with Joint Council 42, graduating from high school in 2018. Deadline to submit application May 11, 2018. Click Here to download application or click on the Downloads tab on the left side menu.

Phil Saal

Jan 11, 2018 (14:52:00)

Former Secretary-Treasurer Phil Saal will be sorely missed

Former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 542 Phil Saal passed away the morning of Monday, December 4, 2017 after battling against different health isuues.

Phil who was the Principal Officer from 1995 to 2005, held different position within the Teamsters Union. He was a Trustee of the Executive Board of Teamsters Joint Council 42, a Trustee with the San Diego County Teamsters-Employers Insurance Trust as well as an Executive Board Member with the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council. Phil then took over the leadership of the Teamsters Retirees San Diego Chapter.

Phil is survived by his wife Jan Saal, his children and grand children.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Shadow Mountain Community Church located at 2100 Greenfield Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Teamster Convoy

Oct 16, 2017 (15:43:00)

Dear Teamsters Local 542 Member,

In solidarity with the victims of the devastating effects of storm Harvey in Houston, TX Teamsters Joint Council 42 organized a Houston Relief Effort.

A convoy of Teamster Trucks from Teamsters Joint Council 7, Teamsters Joint Council 42, Las Vegas Teamsters Truck, Teamsters Local 63, Teamsters Local 630 and including our own San Diego Teamster Truck participated in this massive campaign and delivered all of the donated items to Teamsters Local 988 in Houston Texas.

Thank You for your cooperation and donations!

We were able to deliver a full truck load of much needed items to our friends in Houston, Texas.


Teamsters Local 542

Watch Video: 2017 Hurricane Harvey Relief Teamster Convoy

Right To Work is WRONG!

Aug 18, 2017 (16:24:00)


Teamster Locals within the jurisdiction of Teamsters Joint Council 42 are participating in an aggressive campaign against national right-to-work legislation and its corporate-backed cronies is in full swing.
That means YOU are an intricate and vital part in the fight to protect your Union job and protect your family against anti-Union Right-To-Work (RTW) legislation in Congress. Remember, RTW is only a race to the bottom.
All Teamster members rather active or retired should be active and "Join The Fight"
Visit the website here for the latest news and information on our campaign. When you visit the website please make sure you TAKE THE PLEDGE.
Click here to check out our new Facebook page.
Finally, check out the new Twitter page by clicking here.
2017 Teamsters Local 542 Scholarship Recipients

Dec 07, 2017 (17:01:00)

Teamsters Local 542 is proud to present our 2017 Rick Aceves Scholarship Recipients:

*Alaniz Enriquez Daughter of Jorge Enriquez : UPS San Marcos

*Garrett Wesley Son of Lisa Wesley Costco Rancho Del Rey

*Sarah Lee Rodriguez Daughter of Pedro Rodriguez : Republic Services San Diego, CA

*Dennise Gonzalez Daughter of Jose Gonzalez : UPS Chula Vista, Ca

*Alysa Ojeda Ham Daughter of Raul Ojeda Jr. UPS Chula Vista, CA

*Ian Muñoz Son of Joe Dorame : County of Imperial

*Aliyah Steward Daughter of Thomas Steward : MV Transportation/NCTD

*Danika Valadez Daughter of Joe Valadez : UPS San Diego, CA

*Jared Valadez Son of Joe Valadez : UPS San Diego, CA

*Carlos Saldaña-Peralta Son of Luis Saldaña : Republic Services Chula Vista, CA

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients and best wishes for their future endeavors!

Retiree's Corner

Sep 26, 2014 (11:35:00)

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 Teamsters Local 542 Secretary-Treasurer Phil Saal.

Phil Saal can be reached at: or (619) 441-0353





UPS Retirees Meetings

Feb 07, 2018 (17:03:00)


UPS Retiree Breakfast Meeting of February 2018 will be at:

Izzy's Cafe
596 Broadway
El Cajon, CA 92021
Friday, February 2, 2018

 9:00 a.m.


Friday, February 9, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Marie Callender's

11122 Rancho Carmel Drive

San Diego, CA


South UPS'rs are welcome to attend!

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