February 21, 2017
By Stephanie West
South Easton, MA – Workers at Liberty Bakery Kitchen in Brockton voted this week to join Local 653, joining a dozen drivers at the facility that produces donuts for Dunkin’ Donuts who organized with the Teamsters last year.
The campaign to organize the 88 bakery employees began last October. It occurred despite a contentious battle with the company to halt the effort. Workers there, many of whom earn only the minimum wage and get one paid holiday a year, are seeking higher pay as well as better benefits and working conditions.
“It was a team effort,” said Brian McElhinney, Secretary-Treasurer at Local 653. “With the help of Sean O’Brien and New England’s Joint Council 10, we were able to get this accomplished.”
Maria Veiga, a packer at Liberty Bakery Kitchen for almost five years, said workers are now optimistic about their future. “All of us are happy that the union won,” she said. “Now we hope we can have better work conditions and get better wages soon.”