The latest battleground in the ongoing dispute between XPO Logistics Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was in Albany, N.Y., where less-than-truckload drivers voted against unionization.
In a short statement on the XPO website, the multinational transportation and logistics company was direct.
“They voted no. The Teamsters lost the election. This is a victory for our Albany drivers, who will retain their voice with XPO,” the company wrote. “We believe the best way to serve customers is by working together. Today’s outcome assures XPO will continue the same direct working relationship with drivers in Albany as it does elsewhere.”
Last year, management and union organizers battled it out on votes to unionize at locations in Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut, with each side winning some of the campaigns. In 2016, the Teamsters launched an unsuccessful effort to persuade shareholders to reject a plan to increase executive stock compensation. The union also has publicly scolded the company because it believes XPO mistreats, misclassifies and underpays warehouse workers, less-than-truckload drivers and port truckers, a contention the logistics firm does not agree with.