On Wednesday, a group of clerical workers at Republic Services voted unanimously to join their brothers and sisters at Local 350 in Daly City, California.
Due to the pandemic, the process to unionize these new workers was unlike typical organizing efforts.
“This was an interesting campaign to say the least,” Local 350 President Sergio Arrañga said. “Union representatives did not have ability to meet with workers face to face, so we relied heavily on stewards like Jamie Tosado and other Local 350 members at Republic Services. This victory is a testament to the importance of having union representation on the job, especially in times of crisis."
Despite the odds, workers stood united and stayed engaged in the election process through calls and e-mails. The vote for representation took place by mail-in ballot.
“The process and election was fairly prompt considering everything that’s going on so that was nice they kept in contact the entire time. I’m looking forward to a pay increase to be honest; I want my pay to reflect the work I put in. The extra income would definitely help out," said Briana Bircher, a clerical worker for Republic Services who served on the organizing committee.
The six-person unit of women workers will join several other Republic Services members at Local 350.
“I applaud this determined group of workers for their fight to win a voice on the job and we are proud to welcome them to the Teamster family,” Arrañga said.
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