Ernie became a Teamster in 1998 driving for a beer company as a rank-and-file Class A Driver. Soon after his time doing volunteer organizing, General President Hoffa requested that Ernie be hired as a full time Organizer and Strategist for the International. While at the International, Ernie handled media and helped with political aspects for the organizing department. Ernie worked on the Toll Port Drivers campaign, which was the first company organized in the LA and Long Beach ports in over 30 years.

After (4) years as an Organizer for the IBT, Ernie was asked by the Joint Council 42 Executive Board to join the “NO ON 32” Task force.

After that campaign, Ernie was hired by Ron Herrera, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396 to help strategize and organize all of the non-Union waste companies in the industry. He later became a full time organizer for JC42. Ernie joined Teamsters Local 399 as a Business Agent in 2016. Ernie also serves as a Representative for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.