After two months of campaigning, Blue Origin drivers who work for WeDriveU have won union recognition. This group shuttles employees of Blue Origin, headquartered in Kent, which manufactures spacecrafts including a lunar lander, in collaboration with NASA.
“We welcome Blue Origin drivers to our union and are excited to see them join their Sisters and Brothers who work for Facebook and Google,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. “WeDriveU did the right thing by recognizing the power of these workers’ unanimous desire to have union representation and a strong voice. Our goal is to secure their priorities including fair wages and benefits in a strong contract.”
This newly minted union group is joining Teamsters 117 members who shuttle Google and Facebook employees and who fought and won to join Teamsters in 2016. This May, they ratified a new contract with WeDriveU after nine months of tough negotiations.
“We did it! I feel blessed and really strong about our union victory. My instincts and faith in God lead me to do it,” said Tina Parrish, who has been shuttling with WeDriveU for two years.
“We did it! I feel blessed and really strong about our union victory. My instincts and faith in God lead me to do it,” said Tina Parrish, who has been shuttling with WeDriveU for two years. “I wanted union representation for protection and to have a voice on the job. I believe every driver should have a union. Once we negotiate our union contract, we will have clear rules that won’t change from one day to another.”
Congratulations to Tina and her team! If we can deliver people to the moon, we can certainly deliver fair wages and benefits to every worker taking part in this achievement.
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