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Union Organizing Wins in Insurance and Air Traffic Control

AAA, EasterSeals, and Twin River Casino some of the newest union workplaces

Kris LaGrange's picture
Jul 13, 2021

Workers across the country are fighting for better wages, better benefits, and an effective voice at work. To get this they are organizing and joining unions. Below are some of the newest victories for organized labor.

Midwest Air Traffic Control (Midwest ATC) is a company that provides air traffic control services to over 100 facilities around the world. Their workers in Groton Connecticut and Rapid City South Dakota both recently held votes to join the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA). In both cases, the workers voted to approve the union by a 4-0 vote. The new bargaining unit will include all full and part-time specialists who are employed at the Connecticut and South Dakota facilities.

At Easterseals NY, a non-profit that provides services for people with disabilities or special needs and their families, workers organized and announced on April 16 that they wanted to join the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 1000. CSEA is the New York branch of AFSCME. On June 26 all of the votes were counted and 42 people voted, with 35 voting yes and 7 voting no. The new bargaining unit of 46 people will include all full-time and regular part-time professional employees who work at the Monticello New York facility as occupational therapists, teachers, school counselors, and speech-language pathologists. It also includes certified assistants to these positions, substitute teachers, custodians, secretaries, maintenance, and office coordinators.

Workers at the American Automobile Association of Northern California, Nevada, and Utah (better known as AAA), voted on June 11 to join the Teamsters Local 665. The workers said they were organizing because older workers, with decades of experience felt like they were being pushed out with ever-changing and unrealistic sales targets, while younger workers were being paid a fraction of what the older workers were getting on sales.  There ­­were 473 people eligible to vote, of which 431 actually submitted their ballot. When all of the votes were counted, 257 voted yes, 174 voted no, and 3 ballots were voided. The new bargaining unit will include all full-time and regular part-time commissioned insurance sales employees who work at AAA’s 78 Northern and Central California branch offices.

“These workers stood united because they deserve a strong voice and a secure future at AAA Northern California,” said Tom Woods, Business Agent with Local 665. “They want the stability and strength that comes with a Teamster contract, and we’re ready to get to work to negotiate an agreement.”

In Lincoln, Rhode Island at the Twin River Casino Hotel, 509 workers decided that they wanted to organize with the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA) Local 711. They held a vote on June 9and 126 voted yes and 43 voted no. Even though just 183 people voted, the Laborers won the vote so they will now represent the workforce. This new bargaining unit will include all full-time and regular part-time table games dealers that work at the Lincoln, Rhode Island and Tiverton, Rhode Island casinos. Local 711 was specifically created to represent the workers at Twin River Casino and currently represents about 560 professional game dealers in Rhode Island.

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