On September 11, warehouse workers at Americold in McDonough, Georgia voted to join Local 528.
The workers voted 30-11 to join the Teamsters. There are about 50 workers in the bargaining unit. However, because there are many temporary workers who will become full-time, the bargaining unit is expected to grow to 80 to 90 workers.
“We represent Americold workers at four other locations, so the McDonough workers saw the great job we do for their co-workers in other areas,” said Don Toney, President of Local 528 in Atlanta.
The McDonough workers are seeking fair pay.
“The Americold workers who are represented by Local 528 receive much higher wages,” said Johnny Edwards, a Local 528 Business Agent. “They are also seeking a seniority system, protection of rights, improved benefits and respect and dignity in the workplace.”
Americold is the largest provider of temperature controlled warehousing and distribution services in the United States. The company has more than 6,000 associates in 100 warehouse locations. The Teamsters represent more than 1,000 Americold workers nationwide.