Teamsters In California, Nevada Rack Up Four Wins; Another On The Way?

LOS ANGELES —Teamsters locals in Southern California and in Las Vegas have racked up four organizing wins, garnering a total of approximately 400 new members, in the last few months, and another win may be on the way.

The biggest win was in El Cajon, Calif., where Local 683 won a recognition vote by a 144-37 margin among Waste Management, Inc., workers, the Southern California Teamster reports. The union will represent nearly 200 workers.

“Firings, layoffs, harassment and a lot more the company pulled did nothing but fire up the workers to stand up to corporate baloney and grab the Teamsters for protection and a bright future,” Local Secretary-Treasurer Todd Mendez told the paper.

The other wins were:

• Vernon, Calif., city workers won recognition in March after a 1-year “under-ground” campaign, Secretary-Treasurer Ray Whitmer and business agent Carlos Rubio said. Vote totals in the 100-member group were unavailable. It actually was the union’s second win in Vernon. The first was as part of a coalition that defeated a ballot proposition to disincorporate the city. Disincorporation “would have resulted in the loss of many good jobs and negative economic impacts on the region,” Whitmer said.

• Local 63 added 32 new members in logistics, kitting and the warehouse at the Red Cross in Pomona, Calif., said Randy Cammack, the Secretary-Treasurer – who also heads the international union’s Southern California Council 42. Keys to the campaign were participation by Red Cross lab workers, who were already members and use of new media, specifically mobile apps, to reach the potential members.

• Card-check recognition yielded a perfect score for Local 995 at the Quad Hotel in Las Vegas – 61 for 61 in signed cards – said Secretary-Treasurer Mike Magnani. The workers, at the hotel’s front desk and valet departments, then followed it up by quickly negotiating a first contract and ratifying it, 40-0.

The potential win depends on the outcome of a National Labor Relations Board-run recognition election in the first week in May at the Dr. Pepper/Snapple bottling plant in Victorville, Calif. There, Local 896 seeks to represent plant workers, joining Dr. Pepper plant workers the local already represents in nearby High Desert. Secretary-Treasurer Phil Cooper did not say how many workers are in the Victorville plant.