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Philadelphia XPO drivers vote for Teamster representation 37-13, joining workers at sites across nation


Friday, November 11, 2016
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

The drivers at the King of Prussia XPO Logistics terminal join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Ill. and North Haven, Conn. who have already voted for Teamster representation. (The Trucker file photo)
The drivers at the King of Prussia XPO Logistics terminal join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Ill. and North Haven, Conn. who have already voted for Teamster representation. (The Trucker file photo)

 KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – Drivers at LTL carrier XPO Logistics in suburban Philadelphia voted 37-13 for representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the union reported, continuing a string of successes for the union’s nationwide campaign to organize drivers and warehouse workers at former Con-way Freight sites. XPO acquired LTL giant Con-Way in 2015.

The drivers at the King of Prussia terminal join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Ill. and North Haven, Conn. who have already voted for Teamster representation. In addition, 777 workers at Parsec Inc., a rail intermodal company in Commerce, California, that handles XPO freight, voted to join Teamsters Local 986 this week, the Teamsters stated, adding that hundreds of XPO trucks come in and out of the Parsec yard each week.

Organized labor won another victory as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied XPO’s request for review of an 8-3 victory for the AFL-CIO in a June 29 vote for representation by workers at the XPO terminal in Gary, Indiana. The workers approved representation by the AFL-CIO’s International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local 701.

“Three victories at XPO in less than a month (Aurora, North Haven and King of Prussia) show that the workers are building momentum in their quest for fairness, strength and a real voice at one of the world’s largest transportation companies,” said Tyson Johnson, director of the Teamsters Freight Division. “We will continue to stand with XPO workers across the country who demand positive change.”

“Despite the company sending in its high-priced union busters, the workers stood strong, boldly and united in their fight for a better future,” said Michael Bonaduce, president of Teamsters Local 384 in Norristown, Pa. “Now, the fight for a strong first contract begins.”

An XPO spokesperson noted the relatively small number of workers affected in relation to the company’s total workforce.

“After scrutinizing our entire North American network, the Teamsters have targeted a small number of sites, one of which is in Philadelphia,” the spokesperson said. “The Philadelphia election impacts 52 workers. The vast majority of our 40,000 employees in North America value a direct relationship with XPO management and reject any third-party interference.”

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

 

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