(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Ballots were mailed out this week to more than 15,000 San Bernardino, Calif., county, city and agency employees to vote in an election for Teamsters representation.
The workers, who are members of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), will have the opportunity to vote in favor of affiliating with the Teamsters. The workers reached out to the union seeking strong representation.
“I’m voting yes for the Teamsters and I encourage my co-workers to do the same. We need improvements and strong representation in future negotiations,” said Luis Aguilar, an employee with the county’s Transitional Assistance Department, which administers public support programs.
“I am looking forward to joining the Teamsters. I work two jobs and I am a Teamster member at UPS. I know the benefits and strength the Teamsters can bring to our workplace,” said Andrew Gomez, a county employee.
The more than 15,000 workers provide vital services to the public, working at hospitals, in public works and public health services departments, police departments and in dozens of other public positions.
Ballots will be counted on April 14 in San Bernardino.
“We’re excited to work with San Bernardino public employees in securing them the powerful representation that the Teamsters have to offer,” said Randy Cammack, President of Teamsters Joint Council 42 in Pomona, Calif. “More California public employees and workers who want a strong voice on the job are voting to become members of the Teamsters every day.”
The Teamsters Union has been successful in winning wage and benefit gains for the 14,000 members of Local 2010 employed at the University of California. The union also represents employees of police and fire departments across the state, as well as teaching assistants in Los Angeles public schools. There are more than 260,000 public employees nationwide who are Teamster members.
Teamsters Joint Council 42 is the parent body of 22 Teamster local unions in Southern California and other areas of the West, with more than 200,000 working Teamsters and retirees.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.