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Imperial Dade Workers in Florida Join Teamsters


Orlando Drivers Unite for Representation with Local 385

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(ORLANDO) – Drivers at Imperial Dade have voted overwhelmingly, by a more than 4-1 margin, to join Teamsters Local 385 in Orlando. The Florida workers are seeking higher wages, an end to favoritism, a path to retirement, job security, and affordable, quality health care.

“After months of working profusely and having clear goals, it is my pleasure to announce that we’ve won our campaign! Drivers demand fair pay for an honest day of work, and we are going to get it now that we are Teamsters,” said Federico Rincon, a driver at Imperial Dade who served on the worker-led organizing committee. 

Rincon and his co-workers overcame a vicious anti-union campaign from management to win strong representation on the job. This is the Teamsters first organizing win at Imperial Dade.

“The teamwork between the Teamsters Organizing Department and Local 385 was a key element in this successful campaign,” said Walt Howard, President of Local 385. “Organizing is the life blood of the union. This is the fourth warehouse victory in Joint Council 75 in just a matter of weeks, and we are looking forward to building off this momentum.”

“I want to congratulate workers at Imperial Dade for standing up to this anti-union employer. These drivers reminded management that they are the ones who make the company successful. They knew their worth and power and never backed down,” said Tom Erickson, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. “Our momentum in the warehousing industry is unstoppable. This is our third organizing victory in Florida this month. When we stand together, we can win the toughest fights.”

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