The 130 workers in Fremont come from India, Mexico, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Overcoming their differences and realizing a common need for respect, they voted to become Teamsters by an 8-to-1 margin. The new members work as drivers, loaders, order pickers and maintenance employees for 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 because they want a voice on the job and fairness, especially in the allocation of job assignments.
HFS workers are also represented by Local 630 in Los Angeles, led by Paul Kenny, and Local 710 in Chicago, led by Pat Flynn. Both provided information and assistance to Local 70 throughout the campaign.