NEW YORK, NY – Professional movers at the New York City company Two Men and a Truck have declared that they are forming a union with Teamsters Local 814.
“Moving is a skilled profession and we want to be treated as professionals,” said Ramell Brown, father of four and a driver at Two Men and a Truck. “Some guys are working just one day a week, for little more than minimum wage. A union will give us a voice on the job, so we can ensure the company is run in the best interest of those of us who do the work.”
Employees have notified company management that they had decided to join the Teamsters 814, and that a majority had signed union authorization cards. When the company refused to recognize their union, the workers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election to certify Local 814 as their representative. The union expects an election date to be set soon.
“The workers at Two Men and a Truck need a union because they can’t support their families on such poverty wages,” said Jason Ide, President of Teamsters Local 814. “The workers now have the Teamsters Union standing behind them and we will do what it takes to get justice for them and their families.”
Staff plan to negotiate a raise, healthcare issues and retirement benefit. Another important consideration is a seniority-based scheduling system that maximizes employment.