Please welcome our over 200 new brothers and sisters who work at Marquez Brothers Inc. in Hanford, CA. They voted to join Local 517 in Visalia on Friday, July 20th. Marquez is the largest distributor of Mexican consumer products in the United States.
The Teamsters represent more employees in California’s food chain than any other union, and with this election victory Joint Council 7 celebrates over 10,000 new members organized in the last two years.
Today, by a 7-0 vote, workers at a Republic Services waste transfer station in California voted to join Local 396.
“With this victory, our local now represents 100 percent of Republic Services workers in Los Angeles County,” said Ron Herrera, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 396 in Covina, California. “This win will give all our members at Republic more power to make their futures more secure.”
The operators, loaders, scale house attendants and mechanics work at the transfer station in Vernon, California.
By a nearly 3-1 margin, workers at Republic Services/Allied Waste, who serve all of Cape Cod, voted to join Local 59 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The vote was 22-8 and there are 34 workers in the bargaining unit.
“The workers want respect in the workplace, a collective bargaining agreement, fair treatment, improved health care and a pension instead of a less reliable 401(k) plan,” said Roger Travers, organizer for Joint Council 10 in New England.
This past month, 40 drivers with United Cab Company joined Teamsters Local 71 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“The company has 40 people and is growing,” said Local 71 Organizer Randy Conrad. The United Cab drivers are owner-operators.
Two years ago, Local 71 organized drivers at the Charlotte airport who work for several other companies.
The distribution drivers for O’Reilly Auto Parts have ratified their first contract with Teamsters Local 728. The unit of about 50 tractor-trailer drivers delivers auto parts from the regional distribution center in Atlanta to O’Reilly Auto Parts retail stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. O’Reilly is the second-largest auto parts distributor in the country.
(WASHINGTON) – Dairy workers with YoCream International Inc., a division of global French food group Danone SA, have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 305 in Portland, Ore., seeking better conditions and a voice at work.
Drivers and monitors with Carrier Coach in Tonawanda, N.Y., have voted by more than a 2-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 449 in Buffalo. The 51 workers mainly transport disabled schoolchildren, adults and the elderly.
“Our management recently changed and they were trying to change everything on us. I had never been in a union before, but I did my research and decided this was in our best interest,” said Anthony Rick, a driver. “We all have families to support and need job protection.”
By Bill Mongelluzzo
Published in the Journal of Commerce on July 16, 2012