Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin said:
Times are changing, and workers are tired of stagnant wages and benefits. There’s a growing trend among workers in Texas and throughout the South who believe it’s time to stand up and time to get their fair share. The new members at RRAD deserve credit for looking beyond the anti-union rhetoric and focusing on the opportunities that only collective bargaining can provide.
The win follows a pair of successful IAM campaigns earlier this year that organized 925 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L-3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot in Corpus Christi, Texas.