(LOS ANGELES) – Drivers at KWK Trucking in Los Angeles, a contractor for DHL Express, voted 83-23 to be represented by Teamsters Local 986.
There are 108 drivers in the bargaining unit and the vote took place Thursday, Feb. 28.
“It feels wonderful being a Teamster, seeing our long effort finally pay off,” said Sergio Rodriguez, a lead driver and five-year employee. “We work with drivers from DHL who have a contract that includes strong retirement security, great health care and other benefits. We want to negotiate a strong first contract that will provide these kinds of improvements.”
“The drivers remained strong and united throughout the entire process and were not fazed by the company’s union-busting tactics,” said Chris Griswold, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 986 in South El Monte. “We look forward to negotiating a strong first contract that addresses the drivers’ needs.”
KWK Trucking hired four union busters to conduct daily captive audience meetings, one-on-one meetings and attempted very hard to persuade the drivers to vote no.
There are three other non-union KWK Trucking stations within Local 986’s jurisdiction.
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