3/29/08

UPS welcomes Teamsters to Alabama

Workers at UPS Freight terminals in Mobile, Birmingham, Dothan and Phenix City have signed cards to join the Teamsters, the union said. In 2006, Atlanta-based UPS agreed to allow the Teamsters to organize individual terminals if a majority of workers at a terminal signed authorization cards, instead of having a formal union election.

UPS Freight was formed when UPS bought trucking firm Overnite Corp. in 2005 for $1.25 billion. The Teamsters already represent workers at UPS' package service.

Teamsters officials said they have organized more than 9,600 of the roughly 12,000 UPS Freight workers during a 90-day blitz.

"These workers will now have a voice on the job, and this will move them toward a more secure future with the Teamsters," said Jim Gookins, secretary-treasurer of Mobile-based Local 991. The Mobile terminal is on Anton Street, near the Prichard-Mobile border.

(al.com)

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