Workers at the General Cable manufacturing plant in Des Plaines stood together and made their voices heard by voting for Teamsters Local 727 representation on Thursday, August 2.
“These hardworking men and women stood together amid management’s union-busting tactics, and now they will have the representation they fought so hard for,” said John Coli Jr., Local 727 President.
Local 727 representatives soon will begin preparing to negotiate for the new unit’s first collective bargaining agreement. The 70 workers will join their counterparts at plants in DuQuoin, Ill., and Marion, Ind., who already are protected by Teamster contracts with other local unions.
General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Ky., develops, designs, manufactures, markets and distributes copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products. The company has manufacturing plants, distribution centers and sales facilities all over the world.
“This company is a global giant, but our new members did not back down,” Coli said. “They understand the importance of being in the union, and we vow to always represent them with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Teamsters Local 727 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America's premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.