WASHINGTON, October 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, workers at Liberty Tire Recycling voted overwhelmingly, by a margin of more than 3 to 1, to join Local 728 in Atlanta. Drivers and helpers reached out to the Teamsters in early September for better working conditions, higher wages and better benefits.
“This victory means a lot to me and my colleagues. We fought hard for this day, and we are very happy to be Teamsters,” said Luis Herrera, a 25-year-old pilot for Liberty Tire and a member of the group. by workers. Steering committee. “Now that we have our union, we will continue to fight to resolve issues that the company has ignored for years. It is time for this company to treat its workers well.”
Herrera and his colleagues said they contacted the union after years of disrespect from management. The workers also noted the poor working conditions and the fact that they had spent more than a decade without a raise. The vote for union representation marked the first group of Liberty Tire workers to join the Teamsters.
“We saw the strength of the union from the start of the campaign. The support from the community has been incredible, especially from politicians and other unions. It reminded us that this was a campaign for justice. It was a magnificent victory and a proud day ”, declared Laba Mbengue, a 15-year-old driver at Liberty and a key member of the worker-led organizing committee. “The Teamsters have shown us that we are more powerful when we are united. Now we will continue to unite to win our first union contract.
Liberty workers have enjoyed wide-ranging support in their organizing campaign, including dozens of Atlanta political leaders, the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council and the AFL-CIO of Georgia. This support was exposed during a rally held outside the company’s facilities in Metro Atlanta last week.
“This determined group has stood their ground as the company waged a vicious anti-union campaign, trying to convince workers to vote against their best interests. Solid Waste and Recycling Division. “I want to congratulate the workers of Liberty on their overwhelming vote to represent the Teamsters and I thank everyone in the Atlanta the trade union community for their support, including all our political friends who have expressed their support. Our division is proud of what these workers have accomplished throughout this campaign. We look forward to negotiating a strong contract that addresses their concerns, and we stand ready to help more Liberty workers who are looking to secure a strong union voice with the Teamsters. ”
Situated at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Liberty Tire is one of the largest tire recycling services in the United States, employing more than 2,700 workers nationwide.
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters