Friday, November 19, 2010

Teamster Victories in PA and CO

Two organizing victories to report this week.

Four hundred employees at Vertis Communications’ print and mail production facility in Chalfont, Pa., are now Teamsters.  “Now, being Teamsters, we will have someone standing up for us," said Peter O’Toole, a 15-year Vertis employee. Vertis is a marketing communications company based in Baltimore with facilities in 18 other states.

In Colorado, five groundskeepers joined 25 furniture movers at the Colorado Convention Center to become Teamster members of Local 17. "Wages are an issue, but it is not the overriding issue," said Michael Simeone, secretary-treasurer of Local 17. "The groundskeepers and furniture movers want the protection of a Teamster contract. They want a grievance procedure that the employer would have never given them, otherwise. We are proud and honored that these hardworking employees chose Teamsters Local 17 to represent them."