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Roadway Express employees win right to union representation

September 16, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Office employees at Roadway Express Inc. in Hagerstown won the right to union representation this week, Teamsters Local 992 Secretary-Treasurer Tom W. Krause said.

With the addition of the 23 employees, the Teamsters union now represents all 269 nonmanagement employees at the Hagerstown terminal, he said.

Employees had asked for union representation and won it after a card-check process was conducted Thursday, he said.

In the card-check process, which is a quicker alternative to a National Labor Relations Board supervised election, the union and management agree to appoint a third party to review union cards signed by employees.

In this case, the pastor at the Church of the Nazarene on North Edgewood Drive in Hagerstown reviewed the cards and determined that a majority of employees had approved the union, Krause said.

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A contract for the employees will be negotiated.

Terminal management referred questions to John Hyre, spokesman for Roadway's corporate office in Akron, Ohio, who could not be reached for comment Friday.

Nationally, the Teamsters union represents more than 20,000 Roadway employees.

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