Local 21 Welcomes Seasoned Researcher Timothy Mathews On Staff

Timothy Mathews is a labor jack of all trades; over the course of his decade-long career with labor, he has done research, policy, and strategic organizing. Coming to us from Teamsters Local 2010, Timothy joins us as the new Local 21 Research Specialist.

During his time with Teamsters, one of his purveys included writing a report on food insecurity among University of California employees. It uncovered a staggering level of food insecurity amongst our members. The report received national press coverage in the LA Times, and the New York Times. 


He is well aware of the upcoming Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case that could change the course of how employees collectively bargain. He helped develop the “Teamster Member Power” campaign, which is similar to Local 21’s “Cards and Conversations” campaign. “I’m optimistic about the direction of Local 21 going in the Janus v. AFSCME decision,” said Timothy.

Before working at the Teamsters as a Research Analyst, Timothy was at Transport Workers UnionLocal 100 in Brooklyn, New York for 8 years, where he was a Political Assistant turned Research Associate turned Senior Research and Policy Analyst.

When asked what he thought of Local 21, Timothy said, “I’ve seen Local 21 at various rallies, including at the March for Science, and I’m impressed by the members’ activism. I’m eager to help out and do what needs to be done to protect our members’ wages and benefits!” We’re glad Timothy has heard good things about us; we’re looking forward to having him on board as well!