|The General Executive Board:
“The Teamsters, from the shop floor up to the
International, needs to be a union that gives
full voice to all Teamsters, no matter their
race, sex or industry. If we can do that inside
our union, then we can truly reach out and
In 1967, Frank Gallegos began
working for Basic Vegetable, following the
footsteps of his parents and many other family
members who were members of
Teamsters Local 890. After becoming a shop
steward in 1973 at Basic Vegetable, he began his
diligent efforts in the Latino community. Under
his guidance, after being elected President in
1985, Local 890 built innovative community
programs like Citizenship Project, which has
helped 10,000 people become citizens and voters.
His focus on electoral activism, workers'
rights, and cultivating and supporting the youth
continue to characterize his work today. Proving
he has a great sense of dedication to Teamsters
and their families, he is widely recognized for
his triumphant leadership of 750 workers through
the 25-month strike and lengthy negotiations
with Basic Vegetable/ConAgra.
President, Local 890, representing 12,000
members, 1985 - present.
California Coordinator for the Teamster
Human Rights Conference.
Trustee, Teamsters California Council of
Member, Policy Committee of the Teamsters
California Public Affairs Council.
Member, Teamsters Hispanic Caucus.
Shop Steward, Local 890, 1973
"It doesn't matter if you
live in Canada or the United States, at the
end of the day we must be united in our
fight to defend working people's
Ron McClain's journey to the
General Executive Board began in 1968 when
he took a Teamsters job with Rock Island
Motor Transit. In 1972 he went to work at
the SuperValu Warehouse and later became a
Shop Steward in 1974. In 1986 he was
elected Vice President of Local 147 in Des
Moines, Iowa. He has chaired and
served on countless negotiating committees,
including the National Master Freight
Agreement. As a Trustee of the International
and a member of the Iowa Conference of
Teamsters, he believes in working to bridge
the gap between Teamsters in the East and
John Steger began his career as a
Teamster when he took a job as a package delivery driver with United Parcel Service to help pay his university expenses. In 1977 he became a UPS Local 639 shop steward. Two years later his leadership qualities won him the position of Business Agent, and by 1983, he was elected Local 639 Vice President, a position to which he has been continuously reelected. With 7,000 members, Local 639 is the largest Teamsters Local Union in the Washington, DC area.
He is chairman of the UPS Atlantic Area grievance committee and serves the negotiating committee for the Atlantic Area supplement to the National UPS agreement.
- Vice President, Local 639, representing 7,000 members, 1983 - present.
- Trustee, Health & Welfare and Pension Funds, Local 639.
- Union Co-Secretary, UPS Atlantic Area Parcel Grievance Committee, representing 19 Local Unions from Philadelphia, PA to South Carolina.
- Member, UPS Atlantic Area Negotiating Committee.
- Member, Ad Hoc, DC Wage and Hour Advisory Committee.
- Business Agent, Local 639, 1979.
- Shop Steward, Local 639, 1977.