Law Enforcement, Water Dept. Employees Join Local 662
December 20, 2006
Local 662 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin has scored three public employees victories recently, winning organizing elections at two police departments and a city water department.
On October 26, 2006, 39 jailers and dispatch officers in Barron County, Wisconsin voted to become Teamsters.
"This and other recent victories at the local, are illustrative of the newly created Teamster Law Enforcement Leagues' aggressive attitude towards providing quality representation for law enforcement personnel in the state, as well as the nation," said 662 President John Kaiser.
The Barron County victory followed the September 27 vote by police officers from the city of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. They voted 32-3 to join Local 662 and the union's Law Enforcement League.
Representation on the job was the officers' number one issue. Both sets of officers were previously represented by the Wisconsin Professional Policeman Association.
"These officers understand the commitment the Teamsters have made, and that the newly formed Teamsters Law Enforcement League, and the ever increasing number of law enforcement units within the Teamsters, is what strengthens their position,” said Rick Skutak, Local 662 Vice President.
On October 5 2006, water, wastewater and clerical employees at the City of Stevens Point, Wisconsin voted 16-0 to also join the ranks of Local 662 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
"This group was looking for Teamster power and a stronger voice in the workplace. They wanted to be represented by the Teamsters Union," Skutak said.