(NEW YORK) – Financial aid advisors, student success advisors, lab supervisors, program administrators, making center technicians and IT support staff at the New School voted on Nov. 30 to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. There are 123 members in the bargaining unit.
The workers will be represented by Local 1205 in Farmingdale, N.Y., which already represents a bargaining unit of approximately 130 members at the progressive university for designers, architects, activists, musicians and others. The victory was certified on Dec. 8.
“We had a big advantage going into this election because many of these workers had already been Teamsters,” said Dan DeCrotie, President of Local 1205. “They had worked in the bargaining unit we currently represent and knew we could help address some of the issues they’d been having with an expensive health care plan, safety concerns and forced overtime.”
“I’m so glad that the Teamsters will be growing their power at our workplace,” said Henry Drobbin, lead organizer for the campaign and an 11-year senior office administrator at the New School. “It was a pleasure to encourage my colleagues to sign cards and vote for the union and we will be putting equal time and energy into making sure they get a strong Teamster contract.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.teamster.org.