April 20, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
West Palm Beach, FL -In a major victory, Sysco workers in West Palm Beach voted to join Teamsters Local 769 in Miami. The vote for Teamster representation was 66 to 15, an 81.5-percent margin of victory. It is the first Sysco facility in Florida where workers have formed a union.
"The drivers at Sysco in West Palm Beach stood strong and united and took a bold step by forming their union with the Teamsters," said Mike Scott, Local 769 President. "The company waged its typical anti-union campaign, but the workers persevered and remained focused. We look forward to working with the drivers to help negotiate a contract that will improve their work lives."
"The company has cut our wages and treated us unfairly for years," said Cary Vanasdale, a driver for 28 years at Sysco. "As this vote shows, we are demanding change. There are lots of hugs and a lot of high fives going on right now. It feels great to be a Teamster.
The Teamsters represent more than 8,000 drivers and warehouse workers at Sysco. However, the company spent
hundreds of thousands of dollars on union busting activities during this campaign.
"This is about respect—the company has made us work more and paid us less," saidTom Baldwin, a driver for 26 years. "We all worked hard for this victory. Forming our union with the Teamsters was the chance of a lifetime."