Quebecor World plant in Kentucky votes to join Teamsters
Press release from the issuing company
VERSAILLES, Ky., Jan. 12 -- A majority of bindery employees at Quebecor World in Versailles, Kentucky, voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters, giving them strength in the workplace and a powerful voice on the job.
"We welcome every one of these 310 Quebecor World workers as our new Teamster brothers and sisters," said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "Teamsters are crucial to the high-quality printing that takes place at Quebecor World plants across the United States. These employees know that voting for Teamster representation will give them a strong voice on the job."
Thursday's vote marks the Teamsters Union's second victory at Quebecor World in less than a month. In December, Teamsters at the Fernley, Nevada, plant approved their first contract, providing them strong wages and benefits.
"We are pleased to bring strong union representation to more Quebecor World employees," said George Tedeschi, President of the Teamsters Graphic Communications Conference and Teamsters International Vice President.
Many of the workers at the Versailles plant are long-time Quebecor World employees with 20 years to 30 years of service. The plant produces Merriam Webster dictionaries and Rand Atlases as well as past issues of the Harry Potter series. The bindery department incorporates book assembling, paper warehousing and distribution services.
"I have worked so many different jobs at the plant that I could make a book in my sleep. I love my job, but I want a voice and we will have that as Teamsters," said Lottie Neal, a 32-year employee.
"Now is the time for Teamsters," said Lorretta Reed, a 20-year employee. "The best part about voting for the Teamsters is that we are together. It's a sign of strength."
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women across the United States and Canada.
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