(POMPANO BEACH, Fla.) – By a 60-35 vote, drivers at FreshPoint in Pompano Beach, Fla., voted today to join Teamsters Local 769, the third organizing victory at Sysco in South Florida in the past four months.
FreshPoint, a produce delivery company, is a division of Sysco, the largest food-service company in the country. There are 101 workers in the bargaining unit.
“Once again, workers stood up to Sysco’s anti-worker, anti-union tactics and stood strong and united in their fight for positive change,” said Mike Scott, President of Local 769 in Miami. “The drivers at FreshPoint work hard providing fresh produce to their communities and they deserve to receive fair wages and benefits and to be treated with respect.”
“It’s a relief to finally have a voice on the job for myself and my co-workers,” said Dondi McCrea, a driver and three-year employee. “It feels great to be a Teamster—it’s a blessing.”
“We have been mistreated for too long, but now we will fight for respect on the job as Teamsters,” said 10-year employee Eddy Deronvil, another driver, one of many employees of Haitian descent. “This is a great day.”
“I want to congratulate the workers at FreshPoint for standing up to the company and saying ‘enough is enough,”” said Steve Vairma, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. “This overwhelming vote should send a message to the company that workers need to be treated with dignity and respect.”
In addition to fair treatment and respect, the workers are seeking fair wages, improved benefits and better working conditions.
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