XPO employees in Miami walked out this morning to begin an Unfair Labor Practice strike. The workers, who are represented by Teamsters Local 769, are fed up with the company's repeated labor law violations at the freight terminal.
“It’s been a long time since we got a pay increase, and other XPO terminals are getting pay increases,” said Sherman Thornton, an XPO driver at the Miami terminal. “The company doesn’t want to give us the fairness we deserve, so we are out here on strike to fight for it.”
The drivers and dockworkers voted to become Teamsters in 2014 but the company's illegal tactics - including denying pay raises that XPO has been ordered by a judge to pay - have violated the workers' rights.
“The drivers are standing up because this company is thumbing its nose at federal labor law and holding back legitimate wage increase owed to these workers,” said Josh Zivalich, president of Teamster Local 769.
Teamster drivers have been picketing the terminal since early this morning to send a message to the company that they have had enough of the company’s law-breaking.