WASHINGTON, 20 December 2021 / PRNewswire / – Drivers and wizards for Shred-it, Inc., in Trenton, New Jersey, went on strike this morning to protest unfair working conditions and to demand that the company meet with Teamsters Local 469 and negotiate a contract in good faith.
“This company continues to violate workers’ rights,” said Cassiba Joseph, a Shred-it driver who helped launch and lead the organizing effort. “We decided that was enough. We were fed up. We felt we had no choice but to strike.”
At April 21th, Shred-it workers overcame an aggressive anti-union campaign by management and voted overwhelmingly to join Local 469 in Hazlet, New Jersey Since electing the Teamsters as their bargaining representative, workers have been fighting for a union contract that protects workers’ rights and guarantees fair wages. Meanwhile, the company continued to stagnate at the bargaining table in hopes that workers will lose faith in the union.
“The company would rather spend money on anti-union lawyers than on investing in their workforce – the essential workers who work hard and who have continued to generate profits for the company working on the front lines of an organization. global pandemic in hospitals and other medical facilities, “said Chuck stiles, director of the solid waste and recycling division of the Teamsters. “This has been Shred-it and Stericycle’s game plan in dealing with unions across the country. Workers from other Stericycle and Shred-it sites at Toledo, Youngstown, Providence and New York are fed up with the games too and have also taken union action to demand a fair contract. The Teamsters are united in this fight and will not back down until justice is served. ”
Shred-it, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stericycle, Inc., provides confidential shredding services to businesses across the United States and Canada. This autumn, Ohio Local 377 and Local 20 workers went on strike to protest the company’s anti-worker behavior at Stericycle.
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters