USF Reddaway Workers in California Are Now Teamsters!
Some ninety dockworkers and drivers at two USF Reddaway terminals in California head into the Labor Day weekend being Teamsters after the company recognized the workers through a card-check agreement.
In a statement issued by the Teamsters we learn that 25 workers at the Belencia, California terminal and 65 workers at the Stockton, California terminal are now Teamsters and will be covered by the same contract that was ratified by the larger group of 400 workers out of other terminals across California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Tony Mello, a line
driver at USF in Stockton,
is quoted as saying, “I’m ecstatic – I was raised on Teamster wages.” He adds, “Since
we became Teamsters (on August 27th) I can already see positive
changes. I urge USF Reddaway workers at other terminals to form a union with
the Teamsters.” We do too!
According to another statement about the contract, when it was still a tentative agreement, it said it was a five-year agreement would improve the workers' health and welfare benefits, eliminate a co-pay for health coverage, improve vacation time, provide a safety bonus incentive plan, and provide card-check recognition as spelled out in the union's National Master Freight Agreement.
Though this whole post is based on a few statements and we have not seen the agreement ourselves; we wish these guys Happy Labor Day!
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