“We Talked To Other Sysco Workers Around The Country Through Social Media And Started Hearing How (They) Were Doing Better. The Only Difference Was That They Were Union.” - Drivers At SYSCO Louisville Vote To Join The Teamsters
(LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY) – More than 100 Drivers employed at Sysco Louisville have voted overwhelmingly, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, to join Teamsters Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Workers are seeking increased pay, better benefits, improved safety and fair work rules, Union Officials said.
“(Local 89) put a lot of work into helping the Drivers win this election and we’re happy as can be to represent these folks,” Teamsters Local 89 President Avral Thompson said. “Now it’s time to get to work and help them win the best contract possible.”
Once the election is certified, Thompson said Local 89 will kick off proposal meetings and begin the bargaining process.
“This was a very long, drawn-out process, but we were determined to win Union Representation. It was eye-opening to see the company spend millions of dollars trying to keep the Union out. Their response made it even more apparent that (management) knew we were worth more,” said Cory Browning, a Driver who’s worked at Sysco for more than seven years. “We talked to other Sysco Workers around the country through Social Media and started hearing how Drivers were doing better at other locations - and the only difference was that they were Union. It became all the clearer that we needed to organize with the Teamsters.”
Browning noted the company launched a vicious Anti-Union Campaign during the Organizing Drive by bringing in outside Union Busters who attempted to intimidate Drivers from voting to join Teamsters Local 89.
But the Workers stood together throughout the Unionization effort despite months of delays at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) due to understaffing.
“Sysco held nothing back trying to stop these guys from Unionizing,” Teamsters Local 89 Organizer David Thornsberry said. “It was one of the most aggressive displays we’ve seen. Thankfully, the Drivers weren’t interested in hearing their lies.”
“Organizing Sysco is a priority for the Teamsters. This win is a testament to the dedication of these Drivers and shows what we can accomplish when everyone is working together with one goal in mind,” Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman said. “The International will continue to stand with Sysco Drivers in negotiations to ensure they have all the resources at their disposal.”
Sysco is North America’s largest Broad-Line Food Service Company, providing food and supplies to restaurants, schools, hospitals and government accounts.
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