December 12, 2014 11:10 AM, EST

Con-way Workers at Miami Terminal Vote for Teamsters


Con-way Freight workers at a Miami terminal voted in favor of union representation, the Teamsters announced.

The union’s latest win in its organizing drive was the third at Con-way, the No. 3 less-than-truckload carrier.

The company has turned back Teamsters challenges at four Con-way terminals and one vote was canceled by the union.

“The Con-way workers have taken a bold step today to improve their lives and have a more secure future as Teamsters,” said Mike Scott, president of Teamsters Local 769. “As we have seen across the country, the company spent lots of money to wage a vicious anti-worker campaign, but the workers remained strong and united and didn’t let management’s bullying get to them.”

“We are disappointed with the results of this election. The results, however, are not yet certified,” Con-way spokesman Gary Frantz told TT. “We will ensure that our employees had the opportunity to vote free of any unlawful conduct.”

Frantz also said it was unfortunate that the union “continues to misrepresent facts” about the company.

“We continue to believe that our company can best meet the needs of our employees by maintaining an open and direct relationship with them, without the interference of a third party,” he added.

The votes have taken place over a three-month period at Con-way as well as FedEx Freight, the largest LTL carrier and a unit of FedEx Corp. FedEx is No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. Con-way is No. 4.

FedEx Freight and the Teamsters have evenly split six votes, and the union has called off five scheduled votes at that carrier.

Union representation votes in trucking are done on a terminal-by-terminal basis. Combined, Con-way and FedEx Freight have more than 600 terminals.