SGWS Workers in Texas Join Teamsters

Drivers and warehouse workers at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits distribution facility in Farmers Branch, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, voted to join Teamsters Local 745. There are 250 workers in the bargaining unit.

The Teamsters Brewery, Bakery & Soft Drink Conference negotiated a card-check agreement with the company. Last week, the workers' union authorization cards were counted, and the company formally recognized Local 745 as the bargaining agent for the group.

"When we contacted Local 745, we hadn't had a raise in six years," said Terrington Lawson, a warehouse worker at the Farmers Branch facility. "We knew that wasn't right, and that if anything was going to change, we had to fight for it ourselves."