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  • Iowa Sheriff’s Deputies and Jailers Join Teamsters

    TeamsterSheriff’s deputies and jailers in Crawford County, Iowa have voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters. The election took place on Aug. 27th; the result was a vote of 12-1. There are 13 workers in the bargaining unit and they are represented by Teamsters Local 554 in Omaha, Nebraska.

    James Sheard, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 554, said deputies and jailers heard from other law enforcement officers who are already Teamsters about the benefits of being in a union.

  • 200 Workers Who Keep Dunkin’ Donuts Running Join Local 25

    Nearly 200 workers who deliver products to Dunkin’ Donuts stores in New England voted to join Local 25 in Boston.

    On August 11 and 12, the drivers and helpers at Northeast DCP in Bellingham, Massachusetts voted 100 to 78 to join Local 25. There are 194 workers in the bargaining unit. The drivers deliver all types of items to the stores, including the donut dough, furniture, coffee and coffee syrup, coffee machines, ad displays and other items.

  • Global Defense Workers Join Teamsters

    Workers with BAE Systems in Hawaii have voted overwhelming, 23-2, in favor of joining Local 996 in Honolulu. The 26 workers are responsible for a number of high-security operations, including transporting military personnel for deployment actions; hauling heavy equipment, weapons and ammunition; and providing logistical support.

  • Party Rental Workers Join Teamsters

    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.

  • Ohio First Transit Drivers Choose Teamsters

    First Transit in Xenia, Ohio who provides transportation services for people with mental and physical disabilities have voted to join the Teamsters.

    On June 30, the workers voted 20-12 to join the union. There are 38 workers in the bargaining unit who are now represented by Teamsters Local 957 in Dayton, Ohio.

    Gloria Daye, a driver for three years, said the workers knew they needed to do something to change the atmosphere of favoritism.

    “Now we have a way to deal with workplace issues and a strong voice to represent us,” Daye said.

  • Chula Vista, California Public Transit Drivers Vote To Join Teamsters

    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.


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