The 40 drivers and mechanics at GreenWaste of Palo Alto in Santa Clara voted overwhelmingly in November to become Teamsters. This group will join the thousands of waste workers throughout the Bay Area already represented by Local 350.
“Ever since I started working for this company, I felt we needed representation. Everyone around us was doing better, with support, protection, and contracts, because they were Teamsters. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m proud that our unit stood strong to make this life-changing decision,” said Ricardo Hernandez, a 17-year driver and one of the leading voices of the worker-led organizing committee.
In addition to the security of a powerful Teamster contract, workers are seeking wage increases, strong benefits, and better working conditions.
“This was truly a team effort from a motivated committee. I thank Principal Officer John Bouchard for enabling the team to get the job done, and the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division for their guidance and expertise. Most of all, I thank the Teamsters Organizing Department for hitting the ground running, keeping these workers engaged, and staying one step ahead of the union busters,” said Sergio Arranaga, President of Local 350. “Now it’s time to get to work and help these workers win the best contract possible.”