(ATLANTA) ––Workers at US Ecology have voted by a more than 3-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 728 in Atlanta. The 15 drivers dispose of low-level radioactive, chemical, hazardous and PCB wastes.
"We were getting nowhere fast and we had a whole soup of issues. We knew we deserved fair treatment, consistent work rules and better wages. We knew we needed a union,” said Calvin Lyons, a three-year employee at US Ecology. "With the help of the Teamsters, I look forward to winning a strong union contract."
In addition to fair work rules and better wages, the workers are concerned about getting treated with respect and improved safety on the job.
"This is a great victory for these hard working employees," said Randy Brown, President of Local 728. "This win goes to show that, even in a right-to-work state like Georgia, workers have the power to prevail when they work together collectively. Although this unit may be small in number, they persevered and showed their power by staying united. Now they will win a voice on the job and respect."
"This is a great win and this unit should be proud. 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,” said Chuck Stiles, Assistant Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division and Vice President of Local 728.