Public Sector Workers Overwhelmingly Choose Teamster Representation

Three Groups of Workers Vote to Join Local 769

May 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Teamsters Local 769

    MIAMI, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Workers at St. Lucy West Service District
 and police officers in Village of Key Biscayne, Florida chose Teamsters
 Union Local 769 in Miami, Florida for representation in three separate
 votes this week.
     Two groups of utility workers from the St. Lucy West Service District
 overwhelmingly voted for Teamster representation. The two units, eight
 supervisory workers and 30 plant workers, felt they needed a voice in the
 workplace after questionable decisions by management that led to bounced
 paychecks, failure of maintenance of medical insurance and dubious hiring
     "They were hiring people off the street with no qualifications at
 higher wages then some people who have been here for years," said Josh
 Miller, Chief Waste Water Plant Operator. "It just wasn't right."
     Twenty-three sergeants and officers from the Village of Key Biscayne
 Police Department primarily sought job security through union
 representation. However, the workers also wanted to solidify their benefits
 and gain legal representation for any disciplinary actions or critical
 situations on the job. The unit voted 21-1 for the Teamsters.
     "We are at-will employees and don't have any job security," said Carlos
 Guitierrez, a nine-year officer. "People were scared about losing their job
 so we asked the Teamsters Union for help."
     Local 769 President Mike Scott believes that the trend of public sector
 workers choosing the Teamsters Union will continue.
     "These three victories with public sector employees are a direct result
 of the Teamsters Union's reputation of providing strong representation for
 public service workers," Scott said.

SOURCE Teamsters Local 769