XPO workers in Laredo, Texas who voted to form their union with Teamsters Local 657 have won a major victory.
The group of drivers and dockworkers were the very first former Con-way Freight workers in the country to form their union with the Teamsters. The Texas XPO workforce and Teamsters Local 657 have fought diligently to be recognized as a union and begin contract negotiations since winning their election in September 2014, but XPO has deliberately delayed the process every step of the way.
In December 2016, a federal court denied XPO's latest attempt to delay recognizing Local 657, but the company continued to drag its feet. XPO has even tried to take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, this week the company lost again and has formally recognized the workers' union and Local 657 and will begin contract negotiations.
"The workers have remained strong, united and determined despite the company's actions," said Frank Perkins, President of Local 657 in San Antonio.
Congratulations to the XPO workforce in Laredo, who will now join their co-workers around the country who have already won their election with the Teamsters to negotiate a secure future in a written contract.