FAQ’s

How many days do I have to join the Union?

You must join Local 439 within 31 calendar days of employment (not 31 work days). Former Teamsters must deposit their withdrawal cards or transfer membership immediately upon re-employment.

What are the start up fees?

All new members pay a $500 initiation fee and a one-time building assessment of $125. Monthly dues vary by hourly wage and company.  The Local 439 Executive Board waives the fees for newly organized Teamster workplaces.   Former Teamsters who have satisfied the initiation fee at Local 439 or another Teamster Local, and left in good standing, will pay a transfer fee (typically the first month’s dues) and if applicable the one-time building assessment.

When will I need to pay the fees?

All fees must be paid within 31 calendar days of employment. However, a weekly or bi-weekly payment plan is available upon request. A few companies offer automatic payroll deduction of initiation fees. Also, we accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

Will my employer deduct my monthly dues from my paycheck?

Most companies offer dues checkoff (automatic payroll deductions). If the option is available, you will need to fill out a form to authorize your employer to deduct the dues from your paycheck.

My probationary period is 6 months. Why do I have to join within in a month?

Local 439 negotiates a contract on behalf of ALL employees of the collective bargaining group. Wages, working conditions, and many union benefits are covered under the contract, which is a legally binding agreement between the employer and the union. Your contract requires ALL employees of the collective group become and remain members of the union. By joining the union in a timely manner, you will be informed of your rights and benefits as an employee and a member.

How do I actively get involved in my union?

Local 439 welcomes all members to participate in the activities of their union by attending meetings, voting on important issues, taking part in our boycotting and organizing efforts, and by building unity and solidarity. Please contact the local union if you would like to join the Local 439 Activist Network.

How do I stop my membership if I am no longer working?

Apply for a withdrawal card immediately upon termination of Employment.  Contact the office to apply for a withdrawal card or use our online form {Click Here}. By withdrawing your membership, you will not be charged Union dues while you are not working and it will freeze your membership until you return to work in a Teamster capacity. You may apply for a withdrawal card by clicking the link above, or by requesting the form from the Local 439 office,  or by applying in person at the Local Teamster 439 office.

What are the union office hours?

Local 439 Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm & Friday, 8am – 3pm.  The office is closed from 12pm to 1pm.

Voice Mail is available 24 hours:
(209) 948-9592

What Holidays do the Local 439 Office Observe? (dates the union office is closed)

New Years Day

Martin Luther King Birthday

President’s Day

Cesar Chavez Birthday

Memorial Day

4th of July

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Veteran’s Day

Thanksgiving & Day After

Christmas Eve & Day