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Workers at a large party rental company in the Midwest are celebrating their new membership in the Teamsters, after a vote in favor of joining Local 710 in Chicago.
The drivers, helpers, erectors, linen and warehouse workers for Classic Party Rentals perform a variety of tasks in setting up for special occasions. From transporting equipment to erecting tents, the 128 workers can be found working major national events like the Kentucky Derby and NASCAR races.
First Transit airport shuttle drivers in Houston have voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters. The drivers voted 65-10 on July 17 and are now represented by Teamsters Local 968. There are 124 workers in the bargaining unit.
The drivers play an integral part at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, providing transportation to both the public and to airport workers. Continental Airlines’ ramp service workers often take the shuttle to their workplaces. The Teamsters recently launched a campaign to help the 8,000 ramp service workers form a union.
Public transit drivers in Chula Vista, California, voted 60-0 to join the Teamsters. There are 67 drivers in the bargaining unit, represented by Local 683 in San Diego.
The campaign started last November, with the drivers seeking better representation to deal with issues of respect in the workplace, inequality of wages and lack of communication. The election was held June 30 but the votes were not tallied until July 17.
Police officers in Winter Park voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters. The results of Tuesday’s election were 32-18. The officers will be members of Teamsters Local 385 in Orlando. There are 67 officers in the bargaining unit.
The Winter Park officers are the latest group of Florida law enforcement officers to join the Teamsters. Monroe County Corrections officers and Panama City police officers also recently voted to join the Teamsters.
General service workers for the city of Coral Gables, Florida, have voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters.
During Tuesday’s election, the Teamsters got 240 votes, the Coral Gables Employees Association got 37 votes and seven workers voted for no representation. There are roughly 400 workers in the bargaining unit representing a wide variety of employees who are now members of Teamsters Local 769. Police officers and firefighters are not included in this bargaining unit.
School bus drivers and bus aides at two First Student bus yards in the metro area voted four-to-one and two-to-one in two separate elections in recent weeks to organize as members of Teamsters Local 120.
For public transit bus drivers at Transportation Concepts in Riverside, Hemet and Temecula California, joining the Teamsters wasn’t about getting a raise in pay or benefits. It was about getting respect.
On May 21, 151 drivers secured that respect when they voted to join the Teamsters 74 to 53. The drivers are now members of Local 63 in Covina, California.