Organizing Wins from Hawaii to Iowa
Railroad workers, airplane mechanics, porters, and warehouse workers are the newest union members
Workers across the country organized throughout the pandemic and through the holidays to give themselves a voice at work. From healthcare workers to Teamsters to government contractors they are all voting yes to join the union.
In Hawaii, workers at Hitachi Rail held a vote on joining the Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers, Local 996. 22 people were eligible to vote with 9 voting to join the union and 6 voting against. The election was a year in the making as they filed for it on November 18th, 2020, but the vote was not counted until January 13th, 2021. The new bargaining unit will include all full and part-time train controllers, engineering and fault controllers, and information controllers.
In Kaneoha Bay Hawaii, workers at Vertex Aerospace voted on joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). 21 people were eligible to vote with 12 voting yes and no one voting against the union. Vertex is a defense contractor that works on aircraft engineering, maintenance, and parts fabrication. The bargaining unit includes all full and part-time production and maintenance employees including all aircraft mechanics, supply techs, QCI, avionic Techs, maintenance admin logs and records, hazmat/ECO inspectors, and airframe/sheet metal mechanics. This election was also filed in November of 2020.
In Oskaloosa, Iowa, workers at Clow Valve Company organized with District Lodge 6 of IAM. 100 workers were eligible to vote with 47 voting yes, 31 voting no and 22 not voting. The new bargaining unit will include full and part-time production and maintenance employees, including shipping and receiving employees.
In Chicago, Illinois, the Teamsters targeted Western Ave Nissan, a local Nissan dealership. 14 people were eligible to vote with 6 voting to join the union and no one voting against it. The employees at Western Ave. Nissan will now be members of Teamsters Local 731. The bargaining unit will include full and part-time porters, sales porters, service porters, parts drivers, and parts employees who are employed at the West Columbus Ave facility.