(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) –– Drivers at Waste Management, Inc., in Memphis, Tenn., have voted to join Teamsters Local 667 seeking improved wages and benefits.
The 37-worker unit remained strong and united as the company waged a vicious anti-worker campaign. During the campaign, the workers were joined in support by students and campus workers at the University of Memphis, along with sanitation workers who participated in the historic 1968 strike.
“We are glad to have representation and we will continue fighting to win fair pay and improve conditions,” said driver Norman Williams, a 12-year employee at Waste Management. “Now that we have the Teamsters on our side, we can negotiate a contract with the company that will bring back the pay and benefits we need to provide for our families.”
In addition to improved pay and benefits, the workers are also seeking respect on the job and safer working conditions.
“Sanitation workers perform one of the most dangerous jobs in America, and they deserve the protections of a strong Teamster contract,” said Ronnie Parkinson, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 667. “Today’s victory was all about winning respect, fairness and a safe work environment.”
“I am proud of these workers for staying united and focused on their goals,” said Ron Herrera, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. “We welcome this latest addition of hardworking professionals to our division and look forward to getting to work on their new contract.”
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