(REDDING, CALIF.) –– Today, drivers at Waste Management, Inc. in Redding, California voted by a 2-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 137.
The workers approached the local union in mid-July about joining the union, and Local 137 filed for an election on August 3, 2015. The vote today was 16-8. There are 36 drivers in the bargaining unit.
"Individually, we as drivers had no voice with management to create positive change in our working conditions," said driver Vincent Smith, a 27-year employee at Waste Management. "With the help of the Teamsters, I look forward to participating in improving our work environment as well as employee satisfaction."
The workers are concerned about getting treated with respect on the job, safety and improved working conditions.
"This is a great victory for these hard working employees," said Dave Hawley, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 137. "It was all about dignity, respect and a safe work environment. We really appreciate the help of the Teamsters waste division in helping the workers get the job done."
"Waste workers across the country are seeking protections on the job and the workers at Waste Management in Redding took the bold step of forming their union," said Ron Herrera, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. "We look forward to helping these workers win the strong Teamster contract they deserve to help them and their families have a more secure future."
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