The workers withstood a relentless anti-union campaign and kept the Teamster drive in full gear up to the very end.
"We used to be nobodies," said Glora Ortegan, according to a press release from Teamsters Joint Council 25 in Chicago.
Nobody would listen to our problems. With the Teamsters, now we’re somebody. We have someone who will stand up for us. We have someone to represent us, and people we can trust.Another worker, Mark Zalce, said his coworkers were overjoyed as the victory was announced.
Workers met for months with Local 330, the joint council and Teamster organizers to build a winning campaign for Teamster representation. Hundreds rallied just two days before the election to send a message to management and show their desire to become Teamsters.
Now that we’ve got the Teamsters, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many happy people at this company.
Senior Flexonics Rally, Feb. 13
Local 330 President Dominic Romanazzi commended the workers for sticking together:
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all the workers at Senior Flexonics, who stuck together and fought hard for this victory. Local 330 is proud of each and every worker who stood up, voiced their concerns and supported the fight for Teamster Power. We are prepared to stand beside our members every step of the way and secure the fair contract they deserve.John T. Coli, president of Joint Council 25 and international vice president of the Central Region, welcomed the workers to the Teamster family at the joint council:
You are joining an army of more than 125,000 hardworking men and women who fight hard for America’s middle class and who make equal rights and advantages available to all workers.Congratulations, Senior Flexonics Teamsters, and welcome to our great union!