Jason Rabinowitz is the principal officer of Teamsters Local 2010 with decades of experience in protecting the rights of workers. Since coming to the Local in 2013, Jason has led the charge in building our Union into a powerhouse for workers’ rights in California, taking us from 29% membership to over 80% for the first time in Union history. Under his leadership, we have created an effective stewards program, conducted a powerful contract campaign culminating in successful strikes, won strong contracts with guaranteed raises for our membership, and organized thousands of new members into the Teamsters.
Before coming to Local 2010, Jason served as a Teamster lawyer for 16 years. His success in winning justice for workers in challenging cases made him one of the preeminent Union lawyers in California. For four years, Jason served as a Professor of Labor Law at UC Davis Law School. Jason became Executive Director of Teamsters Local 2010 in 2013 and was elected Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer in 2014. The members re-elected him to his position in 2016.
Raised in a Union household, Jason dedicated himself to the cause of labor and justice at an early age. His mother was a public service worker and a leader in her Union. Some of Jason’s earliest memories are walking the picket line and attending Union rallies with his family. Jason learned early on that because of the Union, his family enjoyed a middle class living, medical and dental care, and parental leave for his mother.
In high school, Jason organized student rallies and petitions in support of workers’ rights. He organized students to protest against apartheid, including civil disobedience at the South African Consulate, where he was arrested alongside civil rights and labor leaders.
In college, Jason was a student leader active in pro-labor causes. When members of the electrical Union at a nearby factory went on strike, Jason organized students to join the picket line. When mine workers in Virginia took the historic strike against the Pittston Company, Jason organized hundreds of students in a Caravan to the Coalfields in support of the miners. When Black students were attacked on campus, Jason was a primary organizer of mass rallies against racism, including “Hands Across Campus – Against Racism,” in which more than 4,000 students and workers joined hands in an unprecedented show of unity. Jason was elected Co-President of his student government and served for four years as a Board Member of the U.S. Student Association.
While a Union lawyer, Jason continued his activism on behalf of Labor. When the Anti-Union Proposition 226 was on the ballot, Jason spoke on numerous radio shows and public meetings as part of the successful campaign to defeat the initiative. As a leader of the Sacramento Living Wage Coalition, Jason participated in drafting the Sacramento Living Wage Ordinance, and was instrumental in its passage.
Jason lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters, but on any given day he can be found somewhere in the state of California, from Humboldt to San Diego, meeting with members and fighting for our rights.