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DPW Employees Sign Three Year Deal with Teamsters

EAST BRIDGEWATER – Fourteen members of the town’s Department of Public Works have secured their first three-year contract with Teamsters Local 653, after changing union affiliations last year.

East Bridgewater PUblic Works Employees Vote FOr Teamster Contract

East Bridgewater Public Employees Vote For Teamster Contract

Victory Brings Increased Wages And Strong Representation

Brian McElhinney/Teamsters Local 653

Phone: (508) 468-7478

(SOUTH EASTON, Mass.) – Employees of the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works have secured their first Teamster contract in a recent vote. The 14 employees in the department voted unanimously for the three-year contract with Teamsters Local 653.

“We will get much better representation by the Teamsters with our new contract,” said Jay Doherty, an equipment operator for the past 12 years at the DPW. “The Teamsters local union has already done an excellent job in assisting us and I think that anyone else here in the department would agree with me.”

The DPW consists of equipment operators who work on the highway, tree and water maintenance for East Bridgewater which has a population of 17,000. Many have been working for the city for at least 12 years and as many as 40.

“We are a diverse local union and are pleased to be able to represent these dedicated employees,” said Bill Trask, business agent for Teamsters Local 653. “In addition to public services workers, we also represent men and women in the construction, warehouse, trucking and brewery and soft drink industries.”

Jim Smith, the chief water treatment officer for East Bridgewater, has worked for the city for 24 years and is very pleased to be part of the Teamsters.

“They were able to work with city management to win a solid new contract with wage improvements for us,” Smith said. “Business agent Bill Trask and the executive board of the local union have worked hard for us already. We are proud to belong to Teamsters Local 653.  We’ve put Teamster stickers on our trucks and started wearing Teamster sweatshirts.”

The East Bridgewater employees join the more than 250,000 public service employees nationwide which are part of the Teamsters Public Services Division.

Reinhart Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contract

Reinhart Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contract

Drivers, Warehouse Workers Secure Strong Agreement That Improves Wages, Benefits, Job Security

Brian McElhinney

Phone: (508) 468-7478

(TAUNTON, Mass.) – More than 230 workers at Reinhart Food Service represented by Teamsters Local Union 653 ratified a first contract, voting by a 2 to 1 margin to approve the collective bargaining agreement.

The workers voted to join Local 653 in April 2013 following the third attempt to organize the drivers and warehouse workers by the union. The other two organizing campaigns occurred prior to Reinhart acquiring the workers’ original employer, Agar Supply. Entering negotiations, the unit wanted to improve wages, healthcare and job security at Reinhart.

“When Reinhart came in, management started to arbitrarily change everything without consulting the workers,” said Sean Walsh, a 22-year employee and member of the negotiating committee. “It created a lot of uncertainty. People lost their jobs, wages were changed without warning.  With this contract, I finally feel we have some real security – it was a huge weight off my mind.”

Local 653’s efforts were backed by support from Teamsters Joint Council 10 in Manchester, N.H. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“This campaign was a success thanks to a team effort,” said Brian McElhinney, President of Teamsters Local 653 in South Easton, Mass. “Joint Council 10 Secretary-Treasurer Dave Laughton, organizer Jeff Padellaro and International Vice President Sean O’Brien played key roles in making sure these workers received the resources and representation they needed to secure this strong first contract.”

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         Toys for Troops 2013 The Executive Board of Teamsters Local 653 would like to thank you for your generosity and support of our sixth annual Toys for Troops Drive. Thanks to all of you, it was a tremendous success. Our donations will be making this a joyous holiday season for our local soldiers' families.

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Victory Brings Increased Wages And Strong Representation PRESS CONTACT Brian McElhinney/Teamsters Local 653 Email:Phone: (508) 468-7478 (SOUTH EASTON, Mass.) – Employees of the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works have secured their first Teamster contract in a recent vote.

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Unions are far more than a kind of employment insurance policy for working people.  Plenty of union members and union officials have 2014.10.20membertip-spectator.sportlearned the hard way that when workers come to think of their union as a business that provides service rather than a group of people banding together to fight for common interests, the union quickly loses the clout and credibility needed to defend and advance the members’ interests.  When an employer looks and sees only a small handful of paid union staff or elected union leaders, and no one standing behind them, pretty soon the employer starts thinking that “the union” isn’t really much to contend with.  And the truth is, that’s right.

Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer


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