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Seattle Airport rental car staff join Teamsters

On August 26 workers at GCA Services Group joined US labour union the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 117 in Tukwila, Washington USA.

The employees who voted 91-44 in favor of Teamster representation are shuttle drivers, responsible for shuttling rental cars and other vehicles at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

According to the Teamsters, the bargaining unit of 160 workers is predominantly made up of Somali immigrants. They united to win better wages at GCA, a contractor for Avis Budget Group (NYSE: CAR).

The workers began organising with the Teamsters more than six months ago. In addition to better wages and benefits, the GCA employees are also seeking more job security and paid sick leave, the union said.

Teamster representatives said that the union team negotiating firm representation at GCA included help from organisers at Teamsters Local 174, SEIU and Working Washington, and is part of an ongoing coalition effort among local unions and community groups organising to win better working conditions for employees at the Seattle Airport.

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