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Union Yes! at DHL freight in Ohio

12. April 2005 • MarkDilley
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DHL is U of M’s prime vendor for freight.

—More than 200 workers at five DHL-contracted package delivery companies in the Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, areas joined the Teamsters in a series of elections in late March and early April. In Maumee, near Toledo, 39 workers at B&L Express, 16 at Vans Express and 23 at Online Logistics voted to join IBT Local 20. In Columbus, 122 workers at two Allen Freight locations and 32 workers at Flight Line Logistics voted for IBT Local 413. Meanwhile in Brewer, Maine, some 25 DHL workers, members of IBT Local 340 who lost their jobs when a new contractor took over, have won community backing. The Greater Bangor Area Central Labor Council and the community group Food and Medicine formed the Farmer-Labor-Small Business Alliance to mobilize the community and persuade the new DHL contractor, Rydborn Express, to rehire the workers and negotiate a contract.