Teamsters Local 986 News


Posted: 2016-12-05 12:21:31

Six-Year Contract Puts Teamsters at the Top of the Industry

(WASHINGTON) – Mechanics at United Airlines stations across the nation ratified a six-year National Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement with the company today after more than three years of negotiations. 

More than 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit will see their compensation move to the top of the industry, marked improvements in leave and a unique industry reset, which will put the mechanics’ package 2 percent above the highest compensation in the industry every two years. Teamster members will also receive a signing bonus worth tens of thousands of dollars. 

“This is a landmark day for the Teamsters,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “From the very beginning of the aviation industry, the Teamsters have been raising standards for workers. As a union, we’ve taken another step up today.”

“This contract represents the largest contract for a mechanics group in airline industry history,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “It is a package worth a collective $1.7 billion dollars in improvements in compensation and benefits over the current agreement. I’ve always said proudly that Teamster contracts are the strongest in the industry and this contract is one of our strongest ever. I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work of International Representative Clacy Griswold on this agreement and for decades of service to Airline Division Teamsters. It is fitting that his storied career would culminate with the largest contract ever for airline mechanics. I’d also like to thank International Representatives Bob Fisher and Capt. Paul Alves and the entire negotiating committee.”

“This contract was possible because of the solidarity we demonstrated shift-to-shift and station-to-station,” said Joseph Prisco, a 27-year mechanic at United Airlines and a member of the United Airlines negotiating committee.

“As mechanics, we’re taught to work as a team to accomplish the important goal of aircraft safety. Using that same team concept, we stuck together with professionalism, solidarity and purpose to get an industry-leading contract.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at



Posted: 2016-12-02 02:54:15

Deserving High School Seniors Graduating this Year,

Who Are

  • A Daughter or Son of an Active Teamster whose dues are current with Local 986; 
  • Attending or have been accepted by an accredited University, College or Trade School.

Applicants must promptly provide:

  1. Proof of Acceptance to their selected university, college or trade school;
  2. Copy of high school transcript including grade point average;
  3. A wallet size photo;
  4. Attach a legible listing in outline form of all your activities, work experience, honors, distinctions and achievements. Please ensure that this listing is no longer than one page and that it is stapled to the back of this application;
  5. In your own handwriting, your own view on how you can be an asset to the Community and Teamsters Union if granted this scholarship.  Please submit one full page.





For further information please contact Local 986 Scholarship Fund at



Applications received after March 31st may not be considered.



Posted: 2016-12-02 00:00:00


“How Have Labor Unions Helped Shape The Growth and Change In Las Vegas as it is Known Today?”

The purpose of this essay contest is to award one (1) $5,000.00 and two (2) $2,500.00 scholarships to attend an accredited public or private University, Community College, Vocational or Technical School anywhere in the United States.

Details, Requirements, and Eligibility Criteria:

  1. There will be (1) $5,000.00 and two (2) $2,500.00 scholarships awarded to three students. The $5,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who submits the best essay and meets all of the other required criteria. The two (2) $2,500 scholarships will be issued to the two next best essays received.
  2. Applicants must be a natural or legally adopted child of an active member in good standing of Teamsters Local 986.
  3. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors when making application.
  4. A copy of the high school transcript including grade point average and a statement of career goals must accompany the application.
  5. Applications are available at or may be picked up at the Teamsters Local 986 offices, which are located at 300 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106.
  6. All applications must be accompanied by a written essay, 1,000 words minimum, on the subject designated by this application, “How Have Labor Unions Helped Shape the Growth and Change in Las Vegas as it is Known Today?”
  7. Essays should be submitted on 8 ½” by 11” paper, one-sided, preferably typed or printed and double-spaced, with applicants signature and date at the conclusion of the essay.
  8. Applications must be accompanied by a pocket-sized photograph of the applicant.
  9. Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed by registered or certified mail only and received at the Teamsters Local 986 offices no later than February 1st of each calendar year.

    Teamsters Local 986 Scholarship Review Committee
    300 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106
  10. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications to assure that all eligibility criteria and requirements have been met.
  11. Failure on the part of the applicant to meet any of the above-stated rules will subject the applicant to disqualification by the Committee.
  12. Essays will be reviewed by the Committee.
  13. Scholarships will be awarded after acceptance to school of applicant’s choice and proof of that acceptance is delivered to the Union offices.
  14. Notification will be sent by way of U.S. Postal Service to all applicants concerning the status of their application once the winners have been selected.


Workers at Parsec Intermodal Company Vote to Join Teamsters Local 986

Posted: 2016-11-10 12:00:00

Employees Seek Better Wages and Benefits, Strong Voice on the Job

Workers at Parsec, Inc. in Commerce, Calif., an intermodal rail transportation company, voted overwhelmingly this week to form their union as members of Local 986, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said.There are 777 ramp drivers and crane operators in the bargaining unit and the vote was 455 to 193.

"I am proud to welcome the Parsec workers who stood strong and united throughout this campaign," Hoffa said. "The workers are a key part of the global supply chain moving freight effectively and professionally every day. They deserve a secure future for themselves and for their families."

"Our local, Local 986, stands ready to provide strong representation to the Parsec workers," said Chris Griswold, President of Local 986 in South El Monte, California. "The workers do a tough job and they deserve a tough union to back them up--the Teamsters."

"We feel our power already as Teamsters and management now knows that we have a real voice that they must listen to," said Rodrigo Pastrano, a Parsec worker. "We look forward to working with Local 986 to negotiate a first contract that will help bring us fairness and respect."

The workers received tremendous support from Teamster-represented drivers who came to the Commerce terminal for deliveries and pickups, many of whom encouraged the Parsec workers to remain strong, united and focused on their mission to organize.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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Teamsters Local 986 Wins $4.2 Million Settlement for KAG West Employees

Posted: 2016-08-24 17:49:49

Tankhaul Company Illegally Withheld Raises From Union Workers

(SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif.) – After fighting on behalf of workers for six years, Teamsters Local 986 has won a $4.2 million back-pay settlement for employees at KAG West in Southern California.

“This is a huge victory for the workers at KAG West who voted to join Local 986 in August 2010,” said Chris Griswold, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 986 in South El Monte, California. “Six years ago, the company unlawfully withheld pay raises for the union workers and they have been fighting for justice ever since. Local 986 and the workers never gave up the fight.”

Tankhaul drivers and mechanics at 17 terminals in Southern California voted to join Local 986. At the time, there were 368 workers in the bargaining unit. The $4.2 million settlement includes back pay, interest and payroll taxes, and will be paid to 426 current and former workers; 175 workers will receive back-pay awards in excess of $10,000 and the highest will be $24,541 plus $2,135 in interest. In addition, all current, active employees will receive a pay raise to take effect by August 29.

In June 2015, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that KAG West unlawfully withheld raises from union workers, saying the company’s actions supported a finding that it was motivated by anti-union hostility.

“I want to commend Local 986 for never giving up this fight for the wages owed to the KAG West workers,” said Keith Gleason, Director of the Teamsters Tankhaul Division. “This sends a strong message to KAG West and Kenan Advantage Group employees that they’re better off being represented by the Teamsters than being left at the mercy of this company.”

Local 986 officials vow to continue fighting to win a fair contract for the workers.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hard-working men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at


Kara Deniz

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