Canteen Vending Workers Vote Union

Congratulations to Teamsters Local 810 in Long Island City, NY for an organizing victory at the Canteen Vending.

“We had over 90% of cards signed and the company still refused to recognize the union” said Mike Smith, President of 810.

Local 810 immediately filed for an election and yesterday these hard working employees voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters.

Victory at Architectural Windows 

Our brothers and sisters at Architectural Windows in East Rutherford, NJ overwhelmingly ratified a historic contract. They will be receiving the highest wage increases ever negotiated at the shop. In addition to wages they will now all receive a Personal Day as well as money from the company to purchase safety shoes each year of the contract. Their health care was preserved and there were no give-backs.

Architectural Windows was organized almost 20 years ago with approximately sixty employees. Today the shop employs over two hundred Local 810 workers and management credits their hard work and their Union as the keys to their success and growth. They are proudly represented by Vice-President Nelson Silva and President Mike Smith. “The Shop Stewards and committee members did a tremendous job during our negotiations and deserve most of the credit” said Brother Smith. 

Great job, guys!!

Ivan ‘Rocky’ Diaz


Our Union has lost a great man and Labor leader.  Ivan ‘Rocky’ Diaz passed away last week and has left his family, friends and Union heartbroken.  Rocky was a hard working member, Shop Steward and Trustee of Local 810.  He left this world way too early and he will be missed dearly.  His service to the membership and this Union will never be forgotten. RIP, brother.

Richardson World Child Care Foundation, Inc.


Karl Richardson is not only a hard working member and Shop Steward at Fordham University, he’s also runs RICHARDSON WORLD CHILD CARE FOUNDATION, INC. It is a non-profit organization that has dedicated itself to helping disabled people in our communities and in less fortunate countries for more than 20 years. Their aim is to assist families in providing for households and adapting to their society by means of courses, workshops, work and other charitable acts.

This past September Karl traveled to the Dominican Republic with backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies donated by Local 810 for underprivileged children to help prepare them for the school year. Pictured above is Karl with some of these grateful students, teachers and their families. Our Union was proud to assist him in providing these kids with school supplies and assisting them with their education. Great job, brother!

Vote for the election of International Union Officers


Hello Brothers and Sisters,

On October 6, 2016, the Office of the Election Supervisor (“OES”) mailed ballots for the International Officer election to all members of the IBT in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Local 810 wants to make sure that they hear our voice and that you vote in the election for the top officials of your International Union.  Watch for your secret ballot in the mail.  When you receive it, follow the directions to cast your own vote and mail your secret ballot yourself using the postage-prepaid envelope.  The secret ballots will be returned to a post office box controlled by OES, and the count is planned to start on Monday, November 14, 2016. Please don’t forget to VOTE!

If you do not receive your secret ballot by October 17, 2016 contact OES to request a ballot.  

The toll-free number for OES is 844-428-8683.


Mike Smith – President, Local 810 IBT

En español

Estimado Hermanos y Hermanas,

El 6 de Octubre 2016, la Oficina del  Supervisor de Elecciones  (“OES”) mandó por correo los boletos para la votacion de Oficial Internacional  a todos los miembros del IBT en los Estados Unidos, Canada, y Puerto Rico.  Local 810 quiere que nos escuchen nuesta voz en esta eleccion de alto cargo de los Tronquistas.  Espere su voto secreto por correo.  Cuando lo recibá, sigue las instucciones de voto y mande su boleto secreto en el sobre pre-pagado.  Los votos secretos seran retornados a un correo controlado por el OES, y la cuenta de votos  séra el Lunes, 14 de Noviembre 2016. Por favor no se le olvide VOTAR!

Si usted no ha recibido su boleto secreto antes del 17 de Octubre 2016, por favor pongase en contacto con el OES para pedirle un boleto.  

El numero gratuito del OES es 844-428-8683.


Mike Smith – Presidente, Local 810 IBT


Health Fair 2016

Local 810 hosted our Annual Health Fair in September.  It was another huge success with hundreds of members and their families in attendance.  All of our providers were there talking with the membership and providing information about their services.  Members enjoyed the barbeque as their kids lined up to get ice cream from Mister Softee.  We raffled off and handed out thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes that were all donated by our health care providers.  Everyone left with a smile on their face and we look forward to doing again next year.  If you missed it, be sure to attend the next one, and bring the family!



LOCAL 810 walks Proudly in the Labor Day Parade!



Last month Local 810 Officers, Shop Stewards and proud members participated in the Labor Day parade in NYC.  It was a great way to show support for Labor in this city and our country.  We walked up 5th Ave to the cheers, smiles and waves of men, women and children standing on the sidewalks. Join us next year!

America’s Oldest Art Supply Store Closes After 111 Years


Since New York Central opened in 1905, it has become a destination for artists and designers from around the world. Renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquia, Willem de Kooning, and Cecily Brown bought their supplies there. This past Friday, after 111 years of serving generations of downtown artists, students and teachers, New York Central Art Supply Inc. has closed it’s doors.  Local 810 has represented workers at NY Central for decades.  Shop Steward Kelly Hunt has been leading this dedicated work force for more than twenty years.  Over the last few years the company has been on a decline due to online and chain store competition that lead to dwindling sales. Recently they also lost their month-to-month lease for the building which caused the family-owned business to decide to close its doors.  

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Although this is the end of an era, the hard working staff at NY Central and their dedicated service will never be forgotten.  Many are now looking for new employment and Local 810 is assisting them in sending their resumes to other Union represented work sites.  These men and women have a variety of skills and experience and can offer a tremendous amount to any employer.  If you have any leads or know of any jobs that are looking for hard working staff, please contact us at info@local810.org.  Thank you.

Mike Smith – President, Local 810 IBT