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.
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Catherine Cobb is the President of Teamsters Local 2010 and has long stood for the fair and respectful treatment of our members in the workplace. Catherine has been on the front lines of countless actions and meetings fighting for our members and growing our Union into the powerhouse that it is today. At the bargaining table and the picket line, she has been key in winning strong contracts and building up our Union across the state. Coming from the membership, she knows firsthand the issues that our members face and the power in standing together in our Union.
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Tanya Akel is our Local 2010 Field Director with over 20 years of worksite organizing, negotiation, contract enforcement and policy interpretation experience. She is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Political Science and a MA in Urban Planning. In her spare time she’s an adjunct instructor for the LA Trade Tech Labor Studies program.
Melissa is a native Californian with over two decades of experience in the labor movement. She represents our members in all matters related to labor relations, contract negotiations, and grievance handling. She started her work with Teamsters Local 2010 in late 2011 as election administrator for the current CX-Unit contract and has been working on multiple special projects.
Prior to joining the Teamsters, she worked as an operations manager for a solar trade association for three years and a Business Representative and Political Coordinator for Teamsters Local 911 for seven years.
Mary Higgins is the Vice President of Teamsters Local 2010 and Union Representative for UCSF. For over 40 years, Mary worked with the UC becoming a member of the bargaining unit in 1976. Since then, she has taken many leadership roles as the Union has evolved. Mary is now retired from UC, but is still very much involved as a Union Representative, proudly stating that her activism has become her life.
Ali Tweini has been an active Union member since starting at UCLA in January 2011. In that time, he has been involved in every aspect of the Union; first becoming a steward and now our Political Coordinator. Ali was elected Recording-Secretary of Teamsters Local 2010 in 2013 and is motivated by his deep commitment to justice and equality for all workers.
Rocio Richards began working for UC as a Medi-Cal Specialist more than 11 years ago and became active with the Union since the affiliation with the Teamsters. Her involvement came after the former UC Davis Union Representative invited her to a stewards training. For Rocio, it is crucial for Unions and our membership to continue to fight for equal opportunities in the workplace and stand against discrimination.
Jackie Spears is a Trustee for Teamsters Local 2010 with 18 years of experience at UCLA Health Systems. Since 2010, Jackie has played a pivotal role in the growth of our Union leading our membership as a steward, UCLA Chapter Coordinator, and a member of the CX-Unit bargaining team. Her passion for equality drives every aspect of her life.
Michael Erazo spent 10 years as a dispatcher at UC Berkeley, becoming a Union member more than seven years ago. Michael has held many positions of leadership such as a ROC member, Chief Steward, and is now the Union Representative for UC Davis. The selflessness of our membership inspires him to push forward.
Joseph comes to us from our CX-Unit where he worked as a Records Clerk at UC Berkeley’s Campus Shared Services. He’s always been a strong advocate for workers’ rights and continues to challenge the status quo for a better livelihood for all workers. Joseph played a key role in our statewide CX-Unit contract win and has been an essential factor in building member power throughout the University of California. You can find Joseph at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and UC Office of the President, engaging members and empowering workers to protect their rights in the workplace and to enforce their Union contract.
James Glaze has been a Union Representative with Teamsters Local 2010 since our affiliation; building member power, identifying potential group grievances, and representing workers in disciplinary appeals and/or Unfair Labor Practices. A great source of pride for James has been seeing the unimaginable growth of the our membership from only a few years ago.
James came to the Teamsters after a 30-year career at Xerox Corporation where he won many prestigious awards such as the Xerox President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, ISO9000 Quality Award, and the Baldridge Award. James is the proud father of two daughters and the very proud grandfather of three grandsons.
Stephanie is the UCLA Med Center Union Representative for our satellite locations with over 15 years of experience. Her journey as a Union activists began in 1995 when she was threatened with layoffs from the LA County Social Services; sparking an interest in becoming involved in her Union. Soon her interest developed into a full-blown passion for representing members and never giving up on the fight for justice.
Eve Kent is a Union Representative of over seven years coming straight from the rank-and-file, retiring from UC Riverside, and coming on board as staff soon after the affiliation with the Teamsters. She is passionate about Union activism and issues such as gender pay equality. Eve believes that working people standing together can create economic justice for all workers.
Karen Paredes-Tupper is the new Union Representative for the Clerical bargaining unit at the UC San Diego campus and UC San Diego Health. She has worked with public sector unions for more than 10 years with experience in organizing, representation, contract enforcement, and negotiations. Karen is a proud native San Diegan and she is passionate about building a strong union by empowering workers, especially women and people of color.
Jose Fuentes has over five years serving our Local 2010 members. He is a Union Representative representing our Skilled Trades members in Northern California at both UC and CSU. He comes to us from the rank-and-file, starting as an activist and quickly growing into the UC San Francisco Chief Steward. Jose is passionate about representing California workers across the state and is honored to fight alongside our members for justice and respect.
Alex Vermie is the Research Analyst for Local 2010. Alex was inspired to become a part of the labor movement during college when he first witnessed university workers coming together to fight for a better campus for everyone in the community. He is proud to again be supporting the university workers whose work makes our state work. His expertise in strategic research and campaigning are invaluable in supporting our members in bargaining and contract campaigns.
Baror has 25 years of experience in communications, marketing, and event planning. She has received numerous awards for her writing and design, including Best Press Release and Best Program for a Special Event from the Public Relations Society of America, Central California Region.
Prior to joining Teamsters 2010, Baror ran her own small business, Tinkerfly Marketing & Events. Through this business, she created a signature event that combines crafting and stand-up comedy, called Comedy of Art.
Baror served as Communications Director for a Southern California nurses union for eight years. She also previously served as assistant editor of a city magazine, promoted film making and tourism for California’s third-largest county, and wrote and edited articles for a California daily newspaper. Baror studied journalism at California State University, Fresno and Bakersfield College.
Michael is a Union Representative with 30 years of unionism under his belt. He served nine of those years as Recording-Secretary on the Executive Board of the Ironworkers Local 416 and spent seven years as an Organizer and Union Representative for SEIU prior to becoming a Teamster. Michael strongly believes in Union organizing and the labor movement as the best way to protect workers and the middle-class. He is committed to building strong worksite leaders who are prepared for the neverending challenges that lie ahead.
John Varga is Chief Counsel for Teamsters Local 2010. Prior to joining the Local in 2013, John practiced law in the Bay Area representing various Labor Unions throughout California. John was raised in an active Union-household and has worked toward protecting and improving workers’ rights throughout his legal career.
Wendy Borboa is a Lead Organizer for Local 2010 with over 15 years experience as a Teamster Organizer on both the Local and International levels. She has been involved with our Local since our affiliation with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters over eight years ago. Wendy has been instrumental in empowering our members and making our Union the powerhouse it is today.
Larry Young is a Library Assistant at UC Santa Barbara and a Trustee of Teamsters Local 2010. Laurence has been an active member of the Union for most of his UC career. He became involved in the Teamsters through his passion for the labor movement. At the 2014 Local 2010 Membership Conference, he was nominated for Assistant Chapter Coordinator and has since built on his activism becoming one of the star leaders in our organization. To Laurence, the Union is his democratic voice in the workplace. Laurence credits the strength of Teamsters Local 2010, for his good working environment, fair raises, and the promise of a retirement with dignity.
Kimberly Aguirre is an organizer for Local 2010 and has been a Teamster for over four years. She began as a UCLA Labor Studies student helping workers organize for better working conditions and respectful treatment since 2009. Her focus is to meet with Local 2010 members across the state, recruiting and empowering individuals to join their co-workers in standing together for fair wages and benefits.