(SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)¬ – Drivers and warehouse workers at Clock Freight in South San Francisco overwhelmingly voted on Thursday, April 13 to join Teamsters Local 2785. The vote was 32 to 3.
The workers are fighting for better wages with overtime pay, affordable health care and respect on the job. They are currently forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day with no overtime pay. They have to pay an average of $1,000 a month for a sub-standard health care plan. Most have not seen a raise in almost five years and recently 10 workers were terminated for no apparent reason. They have no retirement plan and are fighting for the opportunity to negotiate their terms and conditions of employment.
“It’s a great day and I can’t wait to negotiate a contract that I can be proud of that protects me and my family’s future,” said Sam Veimau, a Clock driver for seven years.
“It’s about time this company takes these workers seriously,” said Joe Cilia, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 2785. “As Teamsters, they will have a strong voice to fight for fair treatment.”
“I was promised a raise three years ago and haven’t seen it yet. I make $16 an hour and have to work two jobs to provide for my family. The Bay Area isn’t cheap,” said Jose Sol, a seven-year warehouse worker.
“We welcome the Clock Freight employees and we will assist Local 2785 in negotiating a contract that addresses the workers’ needs,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “These workers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity for the job they do every day.”
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.