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Teamsters Local 533 will hold a day of action in support of our Teamster membership working at United Parcel Service (UPS). This action will take place at all UPS facilities in Northern California and Northern Nevada, in peaceful support of our members who just recently were forced to take a massive pay reduction while United Parcel Service has been raking in billions of quarterly profits. (See above.)

Times: 8:30am to 10am & 4pm to 6pm
Date: January 27, 2022
Location: UPS Facility – 45 Vista Blvd. Suite 102, Sparks NV 89434

For more information contact
Teamsters 533 CEO Debbie Calkins (775) 348-6060 ext. 105
Business Agent Ross Kinson (775) 348-6060 ext. 106

Debbie Calkins
Secretary-Treasurer and
Principal Officer

First woman to head the union

30+ years of Teamsters Local 533 History
Including Nevada coverage of 1997 UPS national strike

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CHRIS FUQUA, Vice-President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 103

Links, references, supporting documents, recent archives & 3+ decades of Teamsters/RTC history at

RENO, Nev. USA (January 21, 2022) — "Our collapsing bus system is collapsing around its passengers and workers, crushing them with COVID," Teamsters Local 533 Vice-President Chris Fuqua will tell Regional Transportation Commissioners on Friday morning.

"We have beaten the commission's for-profit foreign contractor on the streets, winning the three Hat Trick Strikes of 2021," Fuqua says.

"This week, we again beat them before federal regulators who found in favor of the workers on 17 counts with 17 more to go," he added.

"Most important, federal arbitrator Stephen Hayford ordered France-based contractor Keolis Transit to “take whatever steps are necessary to ensure going forward that when a bargaining unit Coach Operator reports the presence of an unmasked passenger on his/her bus to RTC Dispatch, the passenger is promptly intercepted and engaged by a Keolis supervisor, management official or Security official. Keolis is further directed to make certain that when that encounter transpires and a non-exempt passenger continues to refuse to wear a mask while on the bus, the passenger is removed from the bus.”

“Just that situation happened this week to our member Chastity Lockridge, a longtime bus operator. The passenger was not removed and Ms. Lockridge is now on sick leave with COVID-19,” Fuqua charged.

In an identical situation last year in Los Angeles, Keolis fired an immuno-suppressed African-American driver on from chemotherapy because she told a passenger to don a mask.

"Turning the transit system into a superspreader could have largely been avoided had not Regional Transportation System of Washoe County Executive Director Bill Thomas secretly and unilaterally waived all cash performance penalties starting in March of 2020. Keolis could thus operate with impunity and they continue to do so, endangering the public,” Fuqua said.

"Subcontracting of critically needed public services needs serious review," the labor leader added. [UPDATE: Wonder of wondersRTC commissioners agree. Finally.]

"The current pass-the-buck system is good for only one thing: nothing is ever anyone's fault or responsibility," Fuqua stated.

“No one will accept responsibility at Friday’s meeting of the five elected RTC commissioners,” Fuqua said.

The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. PST at the RTC Administrative Building, 1105 Terminal Way, first floor Reno 89502. Masks are apparently required. It will also be streamed live at

“Those who are able should try to speak in person, as online statements are not read at meetings,” Fuqua said. “Anyone without an underlying condition who is vaccinated, boosted and double-masked should consider attending.”

HELP AN AILING DRIVER: Longtime union member and transit operator Michael Lansborough is away from work and facing major surgery to save his life. He and his 10 year-old son, Logan, helped man union picket lines during the Hat Trick Strikes. Logan did it from his wheelchair, as he has no lower legs due to a genetic affliction. (Photos on the front page of

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family. Please consider donation via or at the front page of Checks or money orders, payable to Michael Lansborough, may be sent to his attention at Teamsters Local 533, 1190 Selmi Drive, Suite 100, Reno NV 89512. (Thank you.)

Chartered in 1934, Teamsters Local 533 represents about 2,200 workers in various trades throughout northern Nevada and eastern California.

RTC Washoe Contact Information — Utilize frequently

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is comprised of Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson (R), Washoe County Commissioners Vaughn Hartung (R) and Bob Lucey (R); Reno City Councilmembers Oscar Delgado (D) and Neoma Jardon, (R), board chair. RTC board e-mail <>, (RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas),

HIGHLIGHT, COPY AND PASTE (Reno Councilmember Oscar Delgado-D), (Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung-R), (Reno Councilmember/RTC Chair Neoma Jardon-R), (Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson-R), (County Commissioner Bob Lucey-R), (RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas), (RTC board e-mail),





Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 1-5-2022

Gary Watson, President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 104

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