(DETROIT) – Detroit shuttle drivers with Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, have voted to join the Teamsters. The 15 shuttle drivers transport passengers to and from Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the rental car facility. They united seeking respect and the protections of a union contract.
“We are excited to welcome these drivers to the Teamsters,” said Kevin Moore, President of Teamsters Local 299 in Detroit. “They faced a tough campaign, but they stuck together to form their union, and we’re looking forward to getting to work on a contract that recognizes their hard work.”
Moore commended the workers for their solidarity, and thanked Local 299 Trustee Mike Gluba and Joint Council 43 organizer Marian Novak for assisting the workers in their efforts.
According to Novak, the workers had to contend with union busters throughout their organizing campaign and attend mandatory company meetings.
“The recent change in election rules by the National Labor Relations Board meant that the election was 21 days, and that shortened the period of time that the workers had to be exposed to the union busters, which was a good thing,” Novak said.
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