Local 391 already represents truck drivers at Vistar, and the warehouse workers wanted a voice as well.
Jeff Meadows, an 11-year employee, said the company waged a vicious anti-union campaign against the workers.
We all held together. This campaign all boiled down to fairness. We just want to be treated fairly and equally.Tony Scott, Local 391 vice president and business agent, said:
From the beginning these workers wanted a voice—they wanted Teamster representation. These workers are to be commended for standing up and standing strong for what they believe in for themselves and for their families.Scott said it was a team effort from start to finish. He thanked his organizing committee, Vistar driver shop steward Russell Strickland, the Vistar drivers, and YRC shop steward and Barry Hardy, president of the Central Labor Council for Local 391, Barry Hardy.
Local 391 President Mike McGaha congratulated the new Teamsters and said he looked forward to negotiating a strong first contract.