Affiliate in the Spotlight: Teamsters 350

Name of Union: Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers Teamsters Local 350, aka Teamsters Local 350

Membership Size: 2429

Who we are: The Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers Teamsters Local 350 were chartered on October 8, 1936 to represent workers in the solid waste industry in San Francisco County. On October 10, 1959, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters James R. Hoffa rechartered the Local Union to include San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and San Benito County, vastly expanding its jurisdiction. The Local Union also expanded into the Public Sector division and represents several units of city and county maintenance workers and wastewater treatment workers.

Under the leadership of former Secretary-Treasurer Bob Morales, who also served on the San Francisco Labor Council Executive Board, Teamsters Local 350 grew into the most powerful solid waste and recycling local in the nation. The Local Union was able to organize not only the garbage and recycling haulers, but the clerical units, mechanic units, and heavy equipment operators. With this collective power, he was able to negotiate some of the best contracts of its time, which to this day are the blueprint for the rest of the country.

Slogan: Fight Together, Win Together!

Current Leadership & Staff: John Bouchard is the Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 350.  Brother Bouchard’s career began in 1998 when he started working at South San Francisco Scavengers, and he would ultimately become a shop steward for his unit and was on several negotiating commitees. He was then selected to become the newest business representative for the Local Union. He worked his way up the ranks to be one of the most respected voices in the entire solid waste and recycling industry by growing on a legacy that was built and negotiating industry-leading contracts.

Sergio Arrañaga serves as the President of Teamsters Local 350. He followed in the steps of his father, uncles, and other relatives who all worked for the solid waste industry and began his career with BFI San Jose in 1994 as a garbageman. Ten years later, Brother Arrañaga would become a shop steward for his unit, be part of several contract committees, navigate his unit, go through a franchise change to Allied Waste Services of Santa Clara, and more. With his experience and skill, he was brought aboard as a business representative and is now President.

Larry Daugherty is the most tenured officer and has held every position within the Local Union. Currently serving as Vice-President, Brother Daughterty, started off working for BFI in San Jose. He would become President and serve as a significant architect for the contracts negotiated under the leadership of former Secretary Treasurer Bob Morales. His knowledge and experience have ultimately led him to become a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division, traveling to Local Unions nationwide to assist in contract negotiations and organizing.

Juan Coca is the current Recording Secretary and is also the Teamsters Local 350 Public Services lead representative, along with being in charge of the majority of the San Francisco area. Brother Coca came from West Bay Sanitary District in Menlo Park and became a shop steward in 2010. He joined the Teamsters Local 350 staff in 2016.

Robert M. Sandoval has deep roots tied into Teamsters Local 350. He is the grandson of former Secretary-Treasurer Bob Morales, and his father worked as a garbageman in San Francisco. Brother Sandoval started his career with the Local Union in 2014, working his way up to become the first-ever communications coordinator, and in the start of 2020, became the newest business representative overseeing the entire membership within San Mateo County.

 Mission: To give the workers of the solid waste and recycling division the respect and dignity they have earned. As the fifth most dangerous job in the United States, we want to organize and represent all workers involved not only for the betterment of one, but for all. We strive to improve upon each contract so that our members get what they rightfully deserve.

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