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Dairy Workers in Georgia Join Local 528

Workers at Mayfield Dairy in Macon, Georgia have voted to join Local 528 in Atlanta.

On September 6, workers in Macon voted to become Teamsters by a nearly 3-1 margin. There are 32 transport drivers, route sales drivers and warehouse workers in the unit.

“We are excited to represent the Mayfield Dairy workers and we will work hard to negotiate a strong first contract,” said Don Toney, Local 528 President. “The workers need a strong Teamster contract that will give them the protections they deserve.”

Mayfield Dairy is owned by Dean Foods Corporation, the largest employer of Teamster dairy members.

The workers are seeking fair wages, job security, a seniority system and respect on the job. The company has been arbitrarily changing their routes, which forces them to build customer bases from scratch.

It was the second Teamster representational election for the workers. Last year, workers in Macon and in two other locations—Tifton and Waycross—voted in a single election, but lost by one vote.