West Palm Beach Sysco Drivers Ratify First Contract

On April 15, 2016 Sysco Drivers in West Palm Beach Florida voted for Teamster representation and now exactly one year to the day later they voted to ratify their first contract. They embarked on this journey seeking fair treatment and respect in the workplace and today they have that in the form of a new three-year agreement.

Highlights of the agreement include strong seniority and bidding language, job security, a strong grievance procedure and $2.90 in pay increases over the length of the agreement.

Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent Steve Myers said, “These Sysco Teamsters showed great strength and solidarity over lengthy and hard fought negotiations. Today they have achieved what they set out to, a strong Teamster contract and I would like to thank all of the members of the negotiating committee who helped make this possible.”

“This is about respect,” said Tom Baldwin, a Sysco driver for 27 years. “We all worked hard for this victory. Forming our union with the Teamsters and now our first contract was why we started this.”

The West Palm Beach Sysco facility covers an area from North Miami to Orlando and the bargaining unit is made up of 85 drivers. Mechanics in the West Palm Beach facility also voted to join the Teamsters and progress continues to be made in the effort of getting them their first contract as well.

Congratulations to our Sysco Teamsters. You serve as examples of why America works best when you say UNION YES!