March 16, 2015 2:30 PM, EDT

Teamsters Win California FedEx Freight Election

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The Teamsters won their first representation election in nearly four months at FedEx Freight when drivers at the largest less-than-truckload carrier’s Stockton, California, terminal voted in favor of the union.

The union last won a representation vote in November and has prevailed in balloting at four terminals. However, the company has won five contested votes. The union has withdrawn election requests at six terminals, which the company believes is an acknowledgement that the union will lose.

The Teamsters also are attempting to organize Con-way Freight, where the company has prevailed in a majority of the elections. The union’s representation drive at the largest and third-largest LTL fleets has continued for more than six months.

“I am proud of the workers here in Stockton for sticking together despite the company’s pressure,” said Ken Guertin, secretary-treasurer at Local 439, which represents the workers. “We will work hard to negotiate a strong contract that gives these workers their rights and protections in writing.”

The vote was 33-12, a union statement said.

A company statement acknowledged the results and said, “These results affect only the drivers at the Stockton service center.  It remains business as usual at FedEx Freight.”

FedEx Freight is part of FedEx Corp., which ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. Con-way Freight is a unit of No. 4 Con-way Inc.