Tulsa RailCrew Xpress Drivers Stand With Teamsters

Oct 14, 2010, 12:01 ET from Teamsters Local 523, Tulsa, OK

Van Service for Locomotive Engineers Seeks Higher Wages

TULSA, Okla., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A majority of employees at the RailCrew Xpress facility in Tulsa voted for Teamster representation yesterday. The employees are van drivers who provide transportation for locomotive engineers and other rail operating crew members from their home terminal to their initial terminal and to their away-from-home terminal. The Tulsa unit consists of 21 employees.

Due to the success at the Tulsa facility, Teamsters Local 523 plans to help out RailCrew Xpress workers at other facilities in the state.

"We've heard from other RailCrew Xpress workers that they would like to be part of the Teamsters union, too," said Gary Ketchum, President of Teamsters Local 523. "We will do whatever we can to represent these hardworking employees and help them gain a solid contract."

"The whole crew here feels great about the vote," said Norman Allen, a two-year employee in Tulsa. "Hearing about the victory felt as if a load of bricks came off my shoulder. I know that the Teamsters will help us and work for us."

Local 523 represents Teamster members working in a variety of industries in the Tulsa area. It is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, founded in 1903, with over 1.4 million members in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

SOURCE Teamsters Local 523, Tulsa, OK