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  • The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is closely monitoring the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Working with other unions, public health officials and other experts in our Safety and Health Department, the Teamsters Union is focused on providing our affiliate locals, 1.4 million members, and staff with the most up-to-date information and resources to help everyone in this difficult time. 

    Many Teamster members across multiple industries are seeing the effects of the widespread transmission of the disease caused by the virus, known as COVID-19. These workers are at increased risk if they frequently interact with potentially infected or infected individuals.

  • The Teamsters Dairy Conference will continue to update Local Unions and our nearly 5,000 Teamster members working at Dean Foods on key developments in the bankruptcy case. We will post relevant newsletters, articles and key dates in this space.

  • 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!

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May 27, 2020 (16:01:00)

Dear Teamsters Local 542 Member,

As of today the self-response rates of the 2020 Census Count are as follows:
National - 60.1% or 88.9 Million households responded.
California - 61.3% or 9.3 Million households.
San Diego - 65.9%

Census results affect planning and funding for:
  • Employment and Training - Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants, Dislocated Workers, etc.
  • Educations - such as Head Start, Pell Grants, School Lunches, Rural and Adult Educations.
  • Healthcare - Medicaid, Medicare part 2
  • Police Department, and Fire Departments and other social services.

 Please, lets all perform our civic duty and complete the 2020 CENSUS. Give your community a better opportunity to receive the proper funding for much needed programs in your area.

Please follow this link for the 2020 CENSUS:
Thank you!

No to GROW Act!

May 19, 2020 (15:41:00)

The Devastating Facts of GROW

Twelve unions, representing the majority of private-sector union members, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, oppose the GROW Act.  So why have the House Democrats included it in their latest coronavirus relief bill?

The GROW Act hurts workers, retirees, employers, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and should not become law. 

The GROW Act is deeply flawed because it allows multiemployer plan trustees to “refinance” their obligations to workers and retirees in the existing pension plan over 25 years instead of 15 years, so they can divert money to create a new composite pension plan.  This weakens the existing plan and leaves neither plan—the existing plan, nor the composite plan—with enough money to pay promised benefits. 

The current public health and economic crisis illustrates the harm the GROW Act would inflict on Americans.  If Congress had already passed the GROW Act and it was law now, workers in a previously healthy multiemployer pension plan that converted to a composite plan would face draconian benefit cuts.  The benefits composite plan participants expected they would earn would be cut 70%, and the vested benefits they already earned would be cut 25%.  At the same time, the vested benefits of workers in the existing plan would be cut 21%.  To avoid benefit cuts, employers would be required to increase contributions by approximately 82%—above and beyond what they already committed.

Supporters of this terrible legislation claim that transitioning to a composite plan is voluntary.  Composites plans are anything but voluntary.  They undermine multiemployer defined-benefit pension plans by shifting risk from the plan sponsor (employer) to the worker, thereby creating an incentive for employers to flee defined-benefit plans.  If GROW succeeds, it guarantees it will be an issue in every negotiation where unions currently have defined-benefit plans and result in a race to the bottom.  The more than one million Teamsters who are essential workers risking their health to continue going to work amid the pandemic deserve to retire with dignity and financial security. 

We urge Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to listen to the majority of the labor movement that opposes GROW and strip it out of the HEROES Act before it is considered on the House floor.


Steve Vairma, IBT Vice President, President JC 3

Rome Aloise, IBT Vice President, President JC 7

Rick Hicks, Presiden,t JC 28

Tony Andrews, President, JC 37

Randy Cammack, President, JC 42  

Rick Middleton Vice President, IBT 

Ron Herrera, Vice President, IBT

YRC Medical Insurance Delay

May 13, 2020 (10:20:30)
May 2020 General Membership Meetings Canceled

May 05, 2020 (15:52:00)

The Executive Board of Teamsters Local 542 continue following the guidence of public health experts and in the name of social responsability to our members the May 21, 2020 San Diego General Membership Meeting and the May 23, 2020 Imperial County General Membership Meeting are being canceled.

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs

May 05, 2020 (15:53:00)

      Employee Rights Center 

For all San Diego Residents, if you need help applying for UI, SDI, PDL, and other state benefits ERC will help FOR FREE. Please call us at 619-521-1372 or complete this contact form:
#WorkersRights #WomenWhoWork #unionstrong #1u

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ's

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  • Disability or Paid Family Leave Benefits
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits


Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

2020 Teamster Sponsored Scholarships

May 13, 2020 (10:24:00)

2020 Teamster Sponsored Scholarships

Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarship: A program for High School Seniors graduating from High School. Teamsters Joint Council 42 offers a number of financial awards for children of active Teamsters Union members who belong to one of the following Teamster Local Unions:14, 63, 166, 186, 396, 399, 481, 495, 542, 572, 630, 631, 683, 848, 896, 911, 952, 986, 996, 1699, 1932, 2010 and District Council 2. To apply, fill out this form completely and mail to arrive no later than May 18, 2020 to Teamsters Joint Council 42 Attention:  Rocio Grijalva 981 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200 Pomona, CA 91768 Telephone: (626) 974-4212. Deadline for scholarship applications will be May 18, 2020. You may download the application here:

California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship: A program for High School Seniors graduating from High School. The California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus will award scholarships to deserving High School Seniors graduating this year who are son or daughter of an active Teamster whose dues are current with his/her Local Union. To apply, fill out this form completely and mail to arrive no later than June 5, 2020 to California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus: 4666 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120 Telephone: (619) 582-0542. Deadline for scholarship applications will be June 5, 2020. You may download the application here

Costco Sick Policy Vote Update

May 05, 2020 (15:53:00)
Officers Election Update

Apr 28, 2020 (10:17:00)
Pre-Retirement Seminar

May 05, 2020 (15:54:00)

Invitation from the Southern California Teamsters Retirees Association to their Pre-Retirement Teamster Seminar

Retiree's Corner

Oct 18, 2018 (15:18:00)

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 YRC Shop Steward John Norman.

John Norman can be reached at: 

(619) 562-5796

UPS Retirees Meetings

Mar 18, 2020 (15:34:00)


UPS Retiree Breakfast Meeting of April 2020 will be at:

5620 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
Friday, April 3, 2020
9:00 a.m.


Friday, April 10, 2020

9:30 a.m.

Hamburger Factory Family



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14122 Midland Rd.,

Poway, CA


From I-15 head east on Camino del Norte for about five lights
and turn right on Midland Road. It will be on the right in the park.

South UPS'rs are welcome to attend!

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