Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Workers in Arizona and California Seek Union Membership at UPS Freight

An Overwhelming Majority of Workers Seek To Join Locals 104 And 431

An overwhelming majority of about 300 workers at the UPS Freight (formerly Overnite Transportation) terminals in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, in Arizona, and two terminals in Fresno, California have signed authorization cards to become Teamsters, bringing the total number of drivers and dockworkers seeking to join the union to about 3,500 since January 16, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced.

The Arizona workers are seeking to join Local 104 in Phoenix, while the Fresno workers are seeking to join Local 431.

“Our organizer, Kathy Tiihonen, and our business agent, Joe Rhein, did a great job on this campaign, and I want to congratulate the UPS Freight workers here in Arizona,” said Andy Marshall, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 104. “We look forward to providing the UPS Freight workers with excellent representation.”

“The group of UPS Freight workers in Fresno is one of the most excited groups that I’ve had the opportunity to organize,” said Darrell Pratt, President of Local 431 in Fresno. “I am looking forward to negotiating a contract that will address these workers’ concerns.”

“These latest victories show that no matter the size or location of the UPS Freight terminals, workers are joining together to improve their lives by signing cards to join the Teamsters. They know that as Teamsters, they will have a strong voice and the backing of the strongest transportation union in North America,” said Ken Hall, Director of the Teamsters Package Division.

In addition to the Arizona and Fresno workers, a majority of UPS Freight workers in Atlanta, Newburgh, Farmingdale, Louisville, Lexington, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Southern California, Oakland, Seattle, New England, Memphis and Detroit have submitted cards to become Teamsters.

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