TULSA, Okla., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drivers at APAC/Old Castle Inc. in Vinita, Okla. voted to join Teamsters Local 523 in Tulsa, securing a strong voice on the job. With this vote, the 10 drivers join their Teamster brothers and sisters at APAC/Old Castle Inc. locations in Pasco and Yakima, Wash., Telford, Pa., Bensenville, Ill. and Toledo, Ohio.
The drivers at the Vinita location approached the Local 523 after conditions and treatment at APAC/Old Castle had worsened over the past five years.
"We asked the Teamsters to get involved here because the company was disrespecting us and threatening to fire us for no reason," said Danny Belew, a 15-year employee who worked at APAC/Old Castle as both a mechanic and a driver. "We hope that with the union in our corner, we will able to have a partner in the workplace that can fight for us to improve conditions."
Gary Ketchum, President of Teamsters Local 523, knew it would be a challenge to win at APAC/Old Castle Inc. since the workers had endured a vicious anti-union campaign from hired union-busters.
"I am proud of this group for standing strong despite the aggressive anti-union tactics the company employed during this campaign," Ketchum said. "We look forward to the privilege of representing these new Teamster members and negotiating a fair and reasonable contract that will address the concerns of the employees and create a stable workforce for the company."