Majority of Miami XPO Logistics Workers Vote to Kick Out Teamsters Union
Towards the end of June, Martin Garcia and fellow coworkers at XPO Logistics’ Hialeah, Florida, location voted to kick out Teamsters Local 769 union officials from their workplace. Garcia and his team received free legal aid to boot this union from their place of employment from staff attorneys at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
Garcia submitted a union decertification petition at National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 12 on May 19, which had the signatures of enough of his co-workers to compel the NLRB to carry out a union decertification vote. The NLRB presided over the vote among Garcia and his colleagues on June 21, in which a majority of the workers voted to terminate the Teamsters officials’ monopoly bargaining control over the work facility.
Workers tired of union coercion generally use the National Right to Work Foundation to receive free legal aid in order to assert their right to vote out an unpopular union due to the complicated nature of the NLRB’s process for holding these votes which is often susceptible to union boss manipulation. Due to how Garcia and his co-workers operate in a Right to Work state like Florida, they had the ability to refuse to pay dues or fees to the Teamsters union as it attempted to impose its “representation” over all workers. By contrast, in states where Right to Work is not in effect, workers can still be forced to pay dues or fees to a union they are against as a condition of obtaining or maintaining a job. A decertification vote is the only way to end both compulsory union dues and union monopoly representation.
“Teamsters officials didn’t listen to us and didn’t represent our interests in the workplace,” Garcia stated. “My coworkers and I decided that the best way forward was to vote them out, and we’re glad we could get legal aid from the National Right to Work Foundation in exercising our rights.”
“Teamsters officials have a well-earned reputation for seeking power, money, and political clout over looking out for employee interests, so it’s unsurprising to see so many workers seeking to exercise their rights to vote them out,” declared National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “But this trend goes even beyond the Teamsters, as employee attempts to decertify unions are spiking across the country.”
“Unfortunately, even as employees increasingly realize that their interests diverge from union boss agendas, Big Labor allies in the Biden Administration are seeking to make it harder than ever for workers to exercise their right to oust an unpopular union,” Mix continued. “Foundation attorneys will continue to aid American workers in defending their individual rights, and will oppose attempts by Big Labor to rig the legal landscape against workers.”
There are few right-wing organizations in the US that can claim constant streams or legislative successes like NRTW can. Let’s hope that other organizations take note and use NRTW’s successful model for other causes ranging from central banking to traditional values.