|Months of rallies look to have paid off for DeKalb County sanitation workers.|
The looming decision to change local law so the union can be recognized comes after workers attended many county commission meetings in recent months to urge DeKalb officials to allow them to join the Teamsters. Ben Speight, an organizer with Local 728, said the move has already paid benefits as the country recently approved a three percent raise for the workers.Dejuan McDaniel, a 13-year department employee who drives a front-end loader and is a member of the organizing committee, said 80 percent of employees backed the move to organize. He said the strong support for the union comes from the desire to have a say in the workplace:
We have been without a serious voice for so long. We had safety issues that have been unheard. We had pay issues, mistreatment of employees. It was long overdue.
We really need the representation for when the guys go in to talk to their supervisors. If we had representation of the union, it would be a much better organization.
It is a continuing saga. I look at it like we are picking up [the] torch.
We look forward to officially welcoming our new brothers and sisters to the Teamster family!