After serving in the U.S. Army, Secretary-Treasurer Rick Middleton began his Teamster life in 1968 as a member of Local 186, working as a ready-mix driver for Moorpark Ready-Mix. When work slowed down in the construction industry, Rick took a job as a driver for Certified Grocers where he served as a Shop Steward for eight years.
In 1979 Rick was offered a position as a Business Representative for Local 848. While working long days representing members in various industries, he was elected President of Local 848 for fifteen of the twenty-one years he remained at the Local. Finally, in October of 2000 General President Hoffa appointed him to act as Trustee for Local 572. Two years later, after a complete renovation of the Local and its staff, the membership elected him as Secretary-Treasurer, an office he holds to this day.
Since his election as principal officer of Local 572, Rick has been elected as Western Region Vice-President for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and as a Trustee for Joint Council 42. He also sits on various health/pension trust plans and serves as Director of the Teamsters Passenger Transportation Division.