Teamsters Score 3-to-1 Election Victory in Nearly Union-Free Industry
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"There's a lot of drivers that's been treated the way we've been treated..." says Vallecillo. "I think this is going to be some kind of inspiration for them."
In its statement, Toll indicated no plans to challenge the result, emphasizing instead that the vote “affects a small proportion of our total U.S. workforce, and an even smaller proportion of our 45,000 employees…” Toll said, “We welcome the conclusion of this campaign and recognize our employees’ decision.” The company pledged to “negotiate with the union in good faith,” and said that it “will begin what is expected to be lengthy negotiation following an expected hiatus of 30 to 45 days, as required by U.S. law.”
Change to Win spokesperson Coral Itzcalli says that given Toll's record, its commitment is little comfort: "We expect the company to kick and scream every step of the way...We expect it to be a fight, but we're also very confident of how united the workers are."
Asked whether he expects Toll to resist negotiating a fair contract, Vallecillo says, "They will try, but they won't be able to do it, because we are strong and we won't back down...You can't expect anything from the powerful people. You have to get it yourself and fight for it."