Waste Management Workers In California Vote To Join Local 683 In San Diego
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013
Drivers, Mechanics, Helpers, Yard Crew Seek Respect, Fairness On The Job
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, sanitation
drivers, helpers, mechanics and yard crew from El Cajon's Waste Management
facility overwhelmingly voted to join Teamsters, Local 683. The vote was 144
to 37 in favor of forming their union. There are 191 workers in the bargaining
Workers urgently came together at this facility due to escalating and
continuous disrespect from management. In addition to abrupt and unfair
changes in company policies, within the past five months management fired
and/or laid off more than 20 workers. These egregious actions on behalf of
Waste Management only further catapulted workers to organize and unite.
"It is with great pride that I welcome the newest members of our local," said
Todd Mendez, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 683 in San Diego. "The worker
committee did phenomenally well and was the driving force in this victory.
They stood strong in the face of an extremely intense union-busting campaign.
I would also like to thank the Teamsters Organizing Department for their staff
and imperative support on this significant campaign."
"This win has been a long time coming for us," said Gustavo Mitre, a 10-year
employee and committee member. "Our strength and unity led us to victory and
helped us overcome the company's threats and intimidation tactics."
The workers remained strong in the face of a strong anti-union campaign that
included empty promises, captive audience meetings and threats. Waste
Management also brought in workers from other locations whose sole purpose was
to try to bust the union drive, intimidate workers and give false information
about organizing attempts at other facilities. The company's tactics not only
failed but further angered and empowered workers.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4
million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Contact: Todd Mendez, +1-619-977-5123
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