School bus drivers with Eastern Bus Company in Newton, Mass., have voted by more than a 4-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 25 in Boston. The 34 drivers united for respect, fairness and consistency in their working conditions.
“These hardworking school bus drivers were brave to do what they did, to stand together and organize for a better workplace. We are proud to represent them and to welcome our newest brothers and sisters into our Teamster family,” said Sean M. O’Brien, President of Local 25.
Laniel Beauge, a driver with Eastern Bus, is happy to be a Teamster and is looking forward to having a Teamster contract.
“We called the Teamsters because we wanted a real union to improve our situation,” Beauge said. “We’re looking forward to having the respect and backing of a strong union. Teamsters Local 25 has great respect in the community.”
They put their own lives at risk to protect the citizens of Webster, Mass. Now, the 41 part-time firefighters with the Webster Fire Department have their own protection—Teamster representation.
The firefighters recently voted to join Local 170 in Worcester, Mass., after years of difficulty in gaining a contract and recognition from their employer. They previously had an association that they disbanded when they decided to join the Teamsters.
Webster, like other towns in Massachusetts, employs part-time, on-call firefighters.
Ed Sterczala was once a member of Local 170 when he worked for Kellogg’s. Sterczala thought of his time as a Teamster when it became clear that he and his co-workers needed strong representation.
“We’re not looking to make a ton of money; we just want a fair wage and a fair contract,” said Sterczala, who has worked as a firefighter for 10 years.
“Most of the issues are around representation. They needed a strong union to secure their benefits, wages and a legally binding contract which we will enforce,” said Mike Hogan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 170.
“These brave workers knew that when they needed someone to represent them, the right choice was Teamsters Local 170. I am very happy to welcome them into our Teamster family,” said Paul Stuart, an organizer with the Teamsters.
(MIAMI) – On Tuesday, April 16, employees at a UPS Supply Chain Solutions facility in Doral, Fla., voted to join Teamsters Local 769 in Miami. There are 41 workers in the bargaining unit.
“It is with great pride that I welcome the newest members of our local,” said Mike Scott, President of Local 769 in Miami. “The workers turned to us for help and we look forward to providing them with the best representation possible to improve their working conditions and attain the respect they deserve. I would also like to thank the Teamsters Organizing Department for their instrumental role in this successful campaign.”
The workers are seeking fair wages and more affordable health care.
“We are very excited about this victory, it has been a long time coming for us!” said Juan Nunez, an 11-year employee and committee member. “We are seeking equal treatment and benefits as our UPS Teamsters brothers and sisters who are already represented by Teamsters Local 769.”
The workers remained strong and united in their campaign to become Teamsters.
Local 769 represents hundreds of workers at six UPS facilities in Miami. However this is the first UPS Supply Chain Solution facility to be organized nationwide.
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(PHILADELPHIA) – Dining hall employees at Bon Appétit who work at the University of Pennsylvania will vote soon on Teamsters representation. They plan to be unionized so that they can collectively bargain with their employer for fair wages and paid sick days in a written contract.
"For years, I have put my heart and soul and dedication into every effort,” said Kareem Wallace, an organizer and cook for Bon Appétit at Penn’s Falk Dining Commons. “At the end of the day it would be great to feel acknowledged and appreciated by the management.”
“It’s time for us to be heard,” said Troy Harris, a Bon Appétit employee for the past 13 years. “I’ve been working here a long time and my kids are growing. I need to be paid a fair wage in order to support my family.”
Although other employees at the university are unionized, this unit of 15, employed by Bon Appétit, is non-union and is paid below the rate of the wages the unionized employees earn.
“We will work hard to give these employees of Bon Appétit the wages and benefits they deserve,” said John Preston, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 929. “We’ve coordinated with the Penn Students Labor Action Project (SLAP) on this organizing campaign. SLAP has been tremendous in helping us understand the struggles these workers at Bon Appétit have faced, as well as university politics.”
(Chester County, Pa.) – Case workers for the Chester County, Pa. Department of Human Services voted 96-56 to join Teamsters Local 384 in Norristown, Pa. on April 11, despite the county government mounting a major anti-union campaign against the organizing effort.
Chester County, the wealthiest county in the Philadelphia area, spent untold amounts of taxpayer money to hire an anti-union firm that utilized union-busting tactics including captive audience meetings designed to intimidate the 162 case workers employed in the Department of Human Services. The county had successfully defeated an organizing campaign by this same group two years ago.
“It was a long campaign but their union-busting tactics didn’t work this time around,” said Michael Bonaduce, Teamsters Local 384 President. “Through the commitment and focus of this outstanding group of workers, the good guys won this round.”
Despite working for the wealthiest county in the Philadelphia area, the case workers are the lowest paid in Pennsylvania. This lack of respect for their contributions to the community led to the launch of a second attempt at organizing with Local 384 in October 2012.
“The county’s intimidation tactics weren’t going to work this time,” said Will Cloud, a case worker for the Children, Youth and Family department in Human Services. “We are grateful for all the support the Teamsters have given us and are thrilled to finally have a voice on the job.”
The 162 members work for five departments that fall under Chester County Human Services – Aging, Children, Youth and Families, Drug & Alcohol Services, Youth Center and Mental Health/Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
Teamster members working in utilities, DPW, road maintenance, office/clerical and facilities management for Hernando County, Florida, have ratified a new agreement. These employees work in both professional and non-professional Hernando County government positions. This is the second contract for the unit which has more than 400 employees.
“Teamsters Local 79 is proud to announce that we reached a full tentative agreement with the Hernando County administration, through the assistance an impasse mediator appointed by PERC (state Public Employees Relations Commission),” said Ken Wood, President of Local 79 and International Vice President. “Both parties reached an agreement on the contract language regarding filling open positions and promotions, based on the concept that when two candidates for the open position are equally qualified, then county seniority shall prevail when awarding the position. The union is thankful for the cooperation of the administration, and their willingness to recognize how important seniority is to the employees, as it ensures fairness in the workplace and helps to stop favoritism.”
Teamsters Local 79 represents 4,000 workers in the freight, parcel, bakery and dairy industries as well as state, city and county governments.
Workers in the Logistics, Kitting and Warehouse departments of the American Red Cross in Pomona, California, have recently voted to become members of Local 63. Local 63 already represents other job titles at the Pomona facility and this new unit brings the total to nearly 200.
“We are proud to continue our strong representation of Red Cross employees in Pomona,” said Randy Cammack, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 63 and International Vice President.
Other Teamster local unions across the country also represent Red Cross employees, in particular in the Detroit, Cleveland, Boston and Philadelphia areas.
Employees of Coca Cola in the greater Cincinnati area working in the Vending Service Department recently joined Teamsters Local 1199. The employees, 32 in all, repair vending machines and fountain equipment in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Area.
“These new members will join the other 220 employees working in production, maintenance, warehouse and fleet maintenance at Coca Cola that we already represent,” said Randall Verst, President of Local 1199.
“Their primary reason for joining our union was that they needed strong and dedicated representation with the employer for maintenance of their existing contract and negotiating for new contracts in the future,” Verst said.
The Coca Cola workers of Local 1199 are part of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference which represents more than 60,000 employees of beer and soft drink companies in the United States and Canada.
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