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

    While the unprecedented global pandemic continues, your Union continues to negotiate with your Employer to reach a total tentative contract agreement worthy of our recommendation and your vote.  Negotiations began the week of March 2nd when there had only been a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oregon.


    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.

    During a national IBT conference call held earlier today, it was announced that UPS has entered into an agreement to compensate employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The overall understanding is to allow for up to 10 days of paid leave for employees diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or impacted by their individual or immediate family member quarantine.
    Download: Posting on .pdf , UPS AGREEMENT.pdf

    Dear Local 162 Members:  The officers and staff of Teamsters Local 162 are incredibly proud of all our members who are working in essential industries for coming to work and getting the job done in every Local 162 represented industry and employer during this national and state emergency and pandemic.
    Download: Teamsters-COVID-19-Informational-Guide (1).pdf

    As a result of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel Local 162’s upcoming April 5th General Membership and Initiates Meetings.  A gathering of our members and staff in close quarters at the Union hall is not in the best interests of our members and your families, especially those in high risk categories.

    Applications for the Teamsters Local 162 Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Fund are now due no later than April 30, 2020 by 5:00 PM in our office.
    Download: 10-31-19 scholarship application.pdf

    Local 162 members working at Pepsi in Portland, Oregon met at the Union hall on Saturday, March 7, to vote on a new 4-year contract.  The meeting was chaired by Local 162 President Mark Davison and he was joined at the podium by Business Agent Mike Mayo and stewards who served on the negotiating commitee.

    Teamsters Local 162 is mourning the loss of member Brian Willison.  Brother Willison was tragically killed in an on the job accident on Friday, February 28, 2020, at the Swire Coca Cola warehouse in Wilsonville, Oregon, where he worked as a forklift operator.  His co-workers are sharing their stories of Brian's strong work ethic and love for his family, including a son and daughter.

    Your Union bargaining team from Teamsters Local 162 met with Swire Coca Cola and engaged in three days of contract negotiations in Portland on March 3, 4 and 5.  Your Union representatives were joined at the negotiating table with your rank and file driver, warehouse and merchandising shop stewards. The current contract is due to expire on March 31, 2020.

    To our members working at Pepsi in Portland, we are pleased to report that your Union negotiating committee at Teamsters Local 162 was successful in reaching a tentative agreement on February 25, 2020, for a new four year contract that maintains Teamster representation at the new Pepsi facility in Clackamas, Oregon.

    Service agents at the DHL Express facility in Portland, Oregon recently organized a Union with Teamsters Local 162.  Drivers and Ramp employees at DHL in Portland have been under a Teamster contract for over 40 years.  This new office clerical group makes representation at DHL in Portland wall to wall.

    Local 162 Union Representative and Organizer Bobby Rispler reports that the organizing campaign of drivers in the Portland and Vancouver area continues. takes internet grocery orders from Safeway and Albertsons customers and then has the groceries delivered to your home or office by drivers and trucks.  Employees at safeway.

    A number of months ago warehouse employees working at the Columbia Sportswear distribution center in Portland, Oregon, requested that Teamsters Local 162 help them organize a Union for collective bargaining.  There are over 400 warehouse employees working at Columbia's Portland distribution center.

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