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Memphis Teamsters Launch ‘Race to 100’ Organizing Campaign

November 5, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—All of the about 90 workers in the bargaining unit at ABF Freight System’s Memphis terminal have signed up as members of Teamsters Local 667, the union recently announced. “The last worker had been holding out, but thanks to the efforts of his coworkers he is now a member, making the unit of about 90 drivers, dockworkers and office staff 100% Teamsters,” Local 667 President James Jones III said in a statement. “This is a great feat in our union’s fight against ‘right to work for less.’” In order to counter Tennessee’s law banning the union shop, Local 667 has launched a “Race to 100” campaign to sign up every worker it represents. “With all the anti-worker, anti-union forces we are up against, we need to organize and build Teamster power,” Jones said. “To many workers, the benefits of being members may not immediately be obvious, but we plan to educate our members about the importance of joining the union and building worker power.”

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November 5, 2017

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