July 17, 2017 11:45 AM, EDT
Teamsters Union Scores Victory With Intermodal Workers
Teamsters jacket Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg News

A battle to unionize is ongoing at Parsec Inc., a company that provides equipment and other services to those in the intermodal section, as the Teamsters won a second victory.

More than 500 intermodal workers in Elwood, Ill., voted to join Teamsters Local 179, after employees at the company’s Commerce, Calif., office voted late last year to do the same.

“Following the victory at Parsec in Commerce, Calif., this victory in the Chicago area builds even more worker strength at the company,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “The Teamsters continue to build power in the global supply chain, and this victory shows that workers who want a more secure future are turning to the Teamsters.”

“The Teamsters successfully organized Parsec members in the Los Angeles area, which empowered workers to unite and win right here in Illinois,” said Tom Flynn, president of Local 179 in Joliet. “These hardworking men and women deserve real representation, and they are finally getting it.”

Parsec leases, repairs, loads and unloads containers and other equipment on intermodal rail, conducts inspections on railcars and tracks, and provides yard hostling.