JBS Workers Vote for a Union Voice on the Job with UFCW Local 1776

JBS workers in Souderton, Pa., voted to join UFCW Local 1776 to have a union voice on the job.

JBS workers in Souderton, Pa., voted to join UFCW Local 1776 to have a union voice on the job.

This work, about 200 workers in a JBS rendering plant in Souderton, Pa., overwhelmingly voted for a union voice on the job with UFCW Local 1776.

“I have been a driver at JBS for three years and one reason why I wanted a union was to have better health insurance for my family. When it came time to vote, I stood with my co-workers and voted union ‘yes’,” said JBS worker Tony Serra.

The workers began campaigning to join a union at the beginning of this year. During the campaign, UFCW Locals 23, 204, 1994, and 1208 sent member activists to help UFCW Local 1776 members and JBS workers to handbill, hold worker-to-worker and member-to-worker meetings, and perform home calls to show solidarity and have a successful election. Many of the workers have been part of a union before and understand the power that workers have when they stand together.

Contract negotiations are set to begin immediately in order to run parallel with negotiations for the UFCW Local 1776 JBS beef plant workers. Respect on the job and protecting healthcare benefits are top priorities for workers.

Cincinnati Processing Workers Join UFCW Local 75

Local 75 workersMore than 30 workers from the Cincinnati Processing pork plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, voted to join Local 75 last week.  They came together for a voice at work after facing down a lack of respect and a need for secure wages and benefits and voted by 2 to 1 to stand together and form a union.

“We organized so that our families could have better lives,” said Ignacio Huertas, a food processing worker at Cincinnati Processing. “We could have just stayed silent, but instead we stood up and stuck together and we won. I hope that our victory gives other workers the confidence to do what we did.”

The workers still face challenges, however. The plant is also staffed by more than 100 temporary workers who still have no voice or job security, and workers expect a tough fight for their first contract. The plant processes pork chops and ground pork.

Las Vegas Guitar Center Workers Vote to Join RWDSU

Workers from the flagship Guitar Center location in Las Vegas have voted to join the RWDSU! Workers in Las Vegas now join workers in Manhattan and Chicago Guitar Center locations who voted overwhelmingly to join RWDSU earlier this year.

Guitar Center workers from the Las Vegas store are the first  in the West to vote and join the RWDSU.

Guitar Center workers from the Las Vegas store are the first
in the West to vote and join the RWDSU.

Doug Simpson, an employee who spearheaded the effort to have a union voice at the Las Vegas location, initially reached out to the RWDSU after his wife read about the Manhattan victory via social media.

“It feels great to now be a part of the RWDSU,” said Simpson. “With this vote, we are aiming for better job security, better health benefits and more respect from management.  It feels really good, like there’s hope to turn this into a decent job. It all boiled down to a lack of respect and the company trying to get more out of us for less money.”

The Guitar Center chain is owned by Bain Capital, and the vote makes the workers at the Las Vegas Guitar Center the third location at the world’s largest musical instrument retailer to join a union. The the workers’ successful election in Las Vegas is the first Guitar Center store in the West to have a union voice as the campaign continues to expand throughout the country.

Guitar Center workers and the RWDSU, kicked off an online petition back in April asking for fairness as they sought a union voice to fight for improved wages and treatment on the job.