September 28, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
South Easton, Massachusetts – By a vote of 90-6, custodians, craftsmen and outside ground crews in the Brockton township public school system have voted to ratify their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 653 in South Easton, Massachusetts.
"I am so proud to be part of the Teamsters Union," said Dan Spillane, a custodian for the past nine years. "Since we voted for Teamster representation last December, we concentrated on getting our first contract. Now we have a seniority system for job positions and better wages. We never would have gotten this contract if not for the Teamsters."
Spillane is one of 125 employees in the unit which maintains Brockton township schools. Prior to being represented by the Teamsters, the workers had been represented by a company-led association.
"We are able to bring professional representation to these public school workers," said Brian McElhinney, President of Teamsters Local 653. "The contract for this unit includes wage increases in each of the three years of the contract's term, new work rules, and an effective seniority system. Members who have strong representation are our union's best advocates."