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March 30, 2017

New Teamster Members Ratify First Contract

New Teamster Members Ratify First Contract

On March 7, 43 workers at Peco Pallet voted unanimously to ratify their first contract. Workers voted to join Teamsters Local 743 in June 2016 and negotiations for their first contract began in July. Peco workers Joe Nauracy, Danny Sanchez, Valentine Miranda and Derrick Rudd served on the bargaining team along with Union Representative Jarvis Gutter and Local 743 Vice President Catharine Schutzius.

Workers at Peco decided to unionize after the company failed to respond to their concerns about unfair performance appraisal-based pay increases, exploitative use of temporary workers, the refusal of the managers to post vacant positions, and management’s disregard for the worker’s health and safety concerns. The Peco workers’ new contract provides for annual across the board pay increases, seniority rights, posting of vacancies, just cause for discipline, and health and safety protections.

It took hard work and a fight to win a fair contract. Bargaining team members kept the workers in the plant informed about bargaining meetings during the eight-months-long contract fight. Local 743 members, Peco employees and allies, including members of the United Auto Workers Local 551 who work at the nearby Ford assembly plant, rallied in front of the plant in December 2016.