HFS Food Distribution Workers Overwhelmingly Choose Local 70
The workers at HFS North America, a Havi Company, come from all over the world. They hail from India, Mexico, Eastern Europe and elsewhere around the globe. Overcoming these differences and realizing a common need for respect on the job, these workers in Fremont, California recently voted by an overwhelming 8 to 1 margin to become members of Teamsters Local 70 in Oakland. The 130 new members work as drivers, loaders, order pickers and maintenance employees who serve the restaurant and food service markets, including Starbucks stores, in the Greater Bay Area.
“This is a welcome win for these workers. To see something like this when economic times are bad speaks volumes for what the Teamsters have to offer workers and about the strength of the organizing program within our union,” said Chuck Mack, International Union Vice President for the Western Region, President of Joint Council 7 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 70.
The workers voted overwhelmingly for Teamster representation in order to secure the fairness and respect they have been lacking on the job. The main concern of the workers was the gain a voice and fair treatment at work, in areas such as the allocation of job assignments.
Local 630 in Los Angeles and Local 710 in Chicago represent HFS workers and were helpful in providing Local 70 with information and assistance throughout the campaign.