Drivers with Valdivia Trucking voted overwhelmingly on October 13, to be represented by Teamsters Local 665. The 25 drivers haul materials to and from construction sites in San Francisco and the North Bay.
The campaign to organize the family-owned company was swift and decisive, taking only three months from initial organizing until the vote. The drivers had been seeking a voice on the job, and their organizing began when a Valdivia driver spoke with a family member who works at Republic Services, where he and his coworkers recently voted to join Local 665. The Republic driver shared the improvements his group had already made since becoming Teamsters and recommended that the Valdivia workers join Local 665, as well.
“We want to welcome these new members at Valdivia to the Teamster family,” said Tony Delorio, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 665. “They persisted and showed their strength in organizing. I thank Local 665 Business Agent Juan Gallo for leading and assisting the new members throughout their campaign to organize.”
“There are a number of long-overdue improvements that the drivers at Valdivia want, including better wages, and gaining benefits, protections, and respect on the job,” Gallo added. “We look forward to negotiating a strong agreement.”