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5/02/2005

USF Dugan Workers in St. Louis Join Union

Fed up with being treated unfairly by management, drivers and dockworkers at USF Dugan in St. Louis voted 51-37 on April 29 to join Local 600. There are 100 workers in the bargaining unit.

Office and clerical workers at the St. Louis terminal voted 5-3 the same day to join Local 688. All eight workers in the bargaining unit voted.

The drivers and dockworkers in St. Louis join their coworkers at Dugan terminals in Memphis, Cincinnati and Mobile, Alabama, who joined the Teamsters last year.

The most important campaign issue for workers was their desire to receive strong representation, the kind that only the Teamsters can provide.

“The workers got tired of being abused,” said Dan McKay, President of the Maryland Heights, Missouri-based Local 600. “The company doesn’t recognize seniority. Workers were being fired for frivolous reasons—minor accidents.

They also saw the strong representation that Teamsters working for USF Holland were receiving.”

The company waged an anti-worker, anti-union campaign, but workers remained united.

“They know the only way to have a brighter future is to receive strong representation,” McKay said. “The company told lie after lie, but the workers stayed on course.”

In the office and clerical victory, workers are concerned about job security, being treated fairly and improved health insurance, noted Steve Johnson, an organizer with Local 688, based in St. Louis.

1 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

It's a little easier to organize USF because Yellow Freight bought them out recently. I wouldn't be surprised if the Teamsters organize the remaining USF Dugan terminals nationwide.

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