More than 235 mostly immigrant Black Car (limo service) Drivers from Town Car International, located in Long Island City, N.Y., voted by a 2-to-1 margin to be represented by the Machinists (IAM) District 15 in their National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election conducted at the company’s headquarters by the federal government..
This victory marks the beginning of a wave of union organizing campaigns commencing throughout New York City by Black Car Drivers from numerous companies who have been stripped of their rights and dignity by their company owners.
The Black Car Drivers have tried repeatedly to reason with their company owners for better treatment and respect by their bases, but the owners have failed to listen to their issues. Most Drivers work an average of 15 hours a day and have nothing to show for it. All they want is to be treated fairly so they can make an honest living and support their families. Now the Drivers have turned to the union for help.
The union’s directing business representative, Jim Conigliaro, was excited by the results of the election and has made a firm commitment to the Drivers to stand behind them until they reach the justice they deserve.
Workers at DirecTV in Compton, Calif., voted for a union more than two years ago. Although the company has stalled the process through legal appeals, on Dec. 22, 2011, the NLRB issued a final decision that workers selected a union and certified the union. However, DirecTV is still denying workers’ their rights and has refused to bargain with the certified’ union, the IAM. Recently, company managers have harassed leaders about their union activities, including disciplining one worker immediately after he complained about missing wages from his paycheck.