November 12, 2015
By Stephanie West
New York, N.Y. – On Monday, November 9, employees at Allstate Power Vac, Inc. in New York City voted by an overwhelming margin of nearly 98 percent to join Teamsters Local 813 in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.
The New York City environmental waste removal workers will be gaining respect from their employer as will as fair pay."Today we can proudly say that we are Teamsters. We have not gotten the pay, benefits, or respect that we deserve, but that ends now,” said Ernesto Basilio, an Allstate Power Vac employee who helped lead the organizing effort. “Now that we have won our Teamster representation we are going to win the fair contract that our families need."According to Local 813 President Sean Campbell, the new members were determined and worked hard to gain Teamster representation.
The win marks the eighth organizing victory for the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division since August.“They did a great job,” Campbell said. “Thanks to the workers, our local, Joint Council 16 and the International Union coming together, the Teamsters will continue raising standards throughout the entire waste industry.”Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents more than 120,000 working men and women in New York City. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and was founded in 1903.