NLRB Hands Down Settlement That Secures Union Recognition, Reinstates Workers
(Washington, D.C.) – Workers at U.S. Foodservice in Phoenix have won
union representation with Teamsters Local 104 after a year-long fight
to claim their rights under U.S. labor laws following a settlement
handed down by the National Labor Relations Board.
The settlement includes union recognition for the 250 workers as well
as reinstatement and back pay for employees terminated during the
organizing efforts. Region 28 of the NLRB had cited U.S. Foodservice
for violating the law almost 200 times during the workers’ organizing
effort. The worker committee will now bargain for its first contract
with U.S. Foodservice.
“This is a huge victory for us at U.S. Foodservice who have worked to
form a union for a long time. Now we can negotiate a union contract
for better working conditions, but most importantly, we have gained
dignity and respect,” said Ryan Proctor, a U.S. Foodservice warehouse
worker in Phoenix. “Our fired co-workers are coming back to work.”
“We look forward to going to the bargaining table to establish a just
and long-term relationship with the U.S. Foodservice Arizona Division.
I am confident that we will reach an agreement that will be good for
both the employees and the company,” said John Williams, Teamsters
Warehouse Division Director.
Rosemont, Ill.-based U.S. Foodservice, owned by private equity firms
Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Inc.
(CD&R), is one of the largest food distributors in the United States.
Holding contracts with numerous businesses and organizations, U.S.
Foodservice supplies food to millions around the country, including
the U.S. Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million
hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto