Teamsters Local 162
  • Proud to be a Teamster

    Teamsters Local 162 is a democratic trade union established in 1903 in PortlandOregon, by wagon drivers who joined together for better hours and working conditions.   Those early Teamsters and the labor movement as a whole fought the early battles for the 8 hour work day, the weekend, overtime compensation and workplace safety.  Future generations of Teamsters ushered in the era of pensions and health care for workers.  The Teamsters Union is proud of our role as a strong voice in the American workplace and while we strive to protect our hard fought gains we are always looking to improve upon them.    

    Local 162 has an experienced group of full-time officers and legal team that administrate, negotiate and enforce Collective Bargaining Agreements on behalf of over 5,100 active Local 162 members working for employers in the private sector.  We represent workers in the freight industry, package delivery, intermodal, soft drink and beer, food distribution, construction, manufacturing, grocery and general warehousing and trucking.  If you bought it in the Portland area there is a good chance at one point it was handled or delivered by a Teamsters Local 162 member. 

    What we do is simple.  Represent our members to the fullest.  Expand our membership by organizing the unorganized.  And stay active in the political arena, because what we gain at the bargaining table can be taken away by the stroke of a politician’s pen.

    We are affiliated with Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37 based in Portland, Oregon, and are one of more than 400 Teamsters Local’s affiliated with the 1.3 million member strong International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquartered in Washington D.C.

    In Solidarity,

    Bob Sleight, Secretary Treasurer               Mark Davison, President

    Applications for the Teamsters Local 162 Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Fund are now available.  The Fund is awarding up to ten scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each for graduating high school seniors (2021-2022 school year) who are the children or grandchildren of Local 162 members and who will be attending an accredited college or university (2022-2023 school year) .
    Download: FINAL 10-25-21 scholarship application 2021-2022.pdf

    Local 162 participated in a region wide conference call with Chuck Mack, Union Chairman of the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust.  Mack announced that as a result of strong financial performance the Trustees approved an increase to the annual accrual rate (one of the calculations used to increase your monthy pension rate on retirement) from 1.2% to 1.6%.

    Explosive job growth at UPS continues as consumers continue to shift to home deliveries from the growth of e-commerce and the pandemic.  During the three month peak season in 2020, the Local 162 membership at UPS has added over 1,400 new jobs.

    23 year Teamster Tony Suit has retired from his truck driving job at the Albertsons/Safeway distribution center in Portland.  Tony was a steward at Safeway in Clackamas prior to the merger with Albertsons.

    A series of ratification votes took place at Joe Edgar Union Hall on September 10, 2020, for the newly organized drivers at Safeway.Com in Oregon and S.W. Washington.  The organizing campaign was a joint effort of Teamsters Local 162 in Portland, Oregon and Local 58 in Vancouver, Washington.

    Teamsters Local 162 would like to congratulate Allen Fuerstenau on retiring from UPS after 40 years of service! Allen started out in the night shift unloading at Portland's Swan Island UPS hub in 1980. He then moved to Small's where he stayed for the duration of his career, switching from the Night shift to the Day shift in 1997.

    Teamsters Local 162 would like to congratulate Bob Mather on his retirement from UPS after 35 years of service! Bob has been an excellent Teamster member and we are proud of his hard work and dedication to this great Union. Bob started out in 1986 as a peak season Christmas driver in Vancouver, WA.

    Teamsters Local 162 would like to congratulate Bill Jackson on his 50th year as a Teamsters Local 162 member. Bill has served as a Shop Steward and employee at Pepsi Warehouse and has done a fantastic job of representing the Union. He is a great Teamster, always educating the new employees on the benefits of Union membership. Pepsi has named a street in their new facility after Bill in honor of his hard work and 50 years as a Pepsi employee.  Prior to working for Pepsi, Bill served in the Marine Corps.

    Teamsters Local 162 would like to thank Bill for his service to our country and his dedication to the Union. Congratulations Bill on 50 years!

    Hood River Distillers employees, represented by Teamsters Local 670, are on strike at the Hood River, Oregon distillery.  They bottle brands such as Pendleton Whiskey and Aviation Gin among many others.   Local 162, led by Secretary-Treasurer Bob Sleight, brought a team of Local 162 officers to join the strikers on the picket lines on May 13th.
    Download: Local 670 Strike - Hood River Distillers 5-6-2020.pdf

    On May 11th the ballots were counted on the fully recommended contract offer at Swire Coca Cola in Wilsonville.  Balloting took place over a three week period and was conducted by mail due to the pandemic.   We are pleased to report that Local 162 members voted in significant numbers to overwhelmingly ratify the new agreement.

    Statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on Worker's Memorial Day In the United States, Canada, and many other countries, Workers’ Memorial Day is when we remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement.

    Teamsters Local 162 has published its last edition of What's UPS and it was mailed to the homes of all  Local 162 members working at UPS.  What's UPS is just one of many ways that Local 162 communicates with its members at UPS.
    Download: April 2020 What's UPS Pandemic Edition.pdf

    On the afternoon of April 10th your Union negotiating committee reached a fully recommended contract offer with Swire Coca Cola. While workers and their families are facing unprecedented times during this pandemic, including major layoffs and loss of health care and retirement benefits, we have secured a new four year contract that protects all of your Union rights and includes increases each year to employees hourly wages and pension contributions, and new provisions to reign in the growing burden of health care costs.

    The IBT Health and Safety Department has published an updated factsheet regarding the emergency changes to the DOT hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers.  This IBT factsheet is attached for your review.
    Download: FMCSA IBT FACTSHEET MARCH 27.pdf

    Contract negotiations with Swire Coca Cola continued throughout the entire week of March 23 as the Union negotiating committee continues to work hard to secure an agreement prior to contract expiration on March 31st.

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