Ryder drivers in California unionize

by MM&D Online Staff

Drivers with Ryder Integrated Logistics at three California locations have voted to join the Teamsters Union, gaining representation for 105 workers in one week.

Eight-four drivers in Riverside and nine drivers in Fontana are now members of Teamsters Local 166 in Bloomington, California, and 12 drivers in Orange, have joined Teamsters Local 952, also located in Orange.

“We wanted to make changes, to get respect, dignity and a union,” said Victor Medina, a 15-year driver in Orange. “We are good, professional drivers and things need to be better for us.”

The drivers united over changes by the company to the wage structure, which meant working more hours for less pay; excessive health insurance costs for individuals and families; and how they feel they are treated at work.

“It’s embarrassing what has been done to us. Instead of having a raise after six years working here, they dropped our rates. I like my job, but we deserve respect. That’s why we wanted to join the Teamsters,” said Alejandro Diaz, a driver from Riverside.

Teamsters Local 495 in West Covina represents about 350 Ryder mechanics throughout Southern California and Las Vegas, and has represented them for 40 years.