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Organizing Bus Drivers & Legal Services Workers

From Broadway to Santa Rosa California workers are saying yes to joining a union

Brian Young's picture
Jul 26, 2019

Every day more and more workers are organizing and making the decision to join a union. Whether they are a large workplace or just a few employees, these working men and women have decided to take action to better their lives and the lives of their families. Here are a few recent victories.

In Warren Michigan, 74 employees at Lakeshore Legal Aid are the newest members of UAW 2320, the National Organization of Legal Service Workers. On June 6th, the employees filed for a union election and on July 18th the NLRB certified the election. 41 people voted yes, 20 people wanted to give up their due process and voted no, and 13 people must have been stuck in court because they didn’t vote. Local 2320 will now begin bargaining the Lakeshore Legal Aid’s first collective bargaining agreement.

In New York City, two different workplaces have decided to organize. The first is the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai Hospital. This was a quick election process with an election being filed on June 21. When all things were said and done, all 11 eligible staff members voted to join SEIU Local 1199. Moving over to the other side of Manhattan, employees at JB New World, a performing arts venue in the center of the New York Theatre District, voted to join IATSE Local 764 by a vote of 6-0 with 1 person missing the vote. Included in the bargaining unit will be all wardrobe personnel, including dressers, seamstresses, tailors, stitchers, laundry workers, pressers, day workers, and all other employees who perform work in conjunction with creating the wardrobes or costumes you see on New World’s stage.

On the other side of the country, bus drivers at Transdev Services in Santa Rosa, California are the newest members of Teamsters Local 665. There were 78 members eligible to vote in the election and 51 decided to vote for joining the Teamsters, 5 voted against, and the rest stayed home. The new bargaining unit will include all full time and regular part-time bus operators who are employed at Transdev’s W. Robles Ave location in Santa Rosa.

Congratulations to all of the workers who stepped up and decided to join the ever-growing American Union Movement.

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