General service workers for the city of Coral Gables, Florida, have voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters.
During Tuesday’s election, the Teamsters got 240 votes, the Coral Gables Employees Association got 37 votes and seven workers voted for no representation. There are roughly 400 workers in the bargaining unit representing a wide variety of employees who are now members of Teamsters Local 769. Police officers and firefighters are not included in this bargaining unit.
Mike Scott, President of Local 769, said the Teamsters met with the Coral Gables Employees Association about a year ago to discuss a merger. The association voted to merge with the Teamsters but the city successfully petitioned the state of Florida to block the merger. After filing a petition, the merger was approved.
“The association did not have the financial resources to negotiate with the city,” Scott said. “Now the workers are represented by the Teamsters, and we will do whatever we can to keep their jobs secure.”
The election was expected to be certified by mid-July.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.