After a multi-year fight for justice, Eagle Rock Distributing warehouse workers and drivers in Colorado Springs voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 455 on Thursday. The vote means Eagle Rock workers in Colorado Springs and Denver (including Littleton) are now Teamster houses.
"This Colorado Springs crew doesn't know what it means to back down," said Dean Modecker, Local 455 Secretary-Treasurer. "They battled back after an earlier one-vote loss to claim this victory and join their brothers and sisters throughout the state. We welcome them into the Teamster family."
Thirty-three warehouse pickers, loaders, CDL and non-CDL drivers were eligible for Thursday's vote. Colorado Springs and Littleton Eagle Rock members began their fight for union representation when Eagle Rock acquired Anheuser-Busch's Colorado operations, in 2020. Littleton members are now under contract. And Colorado Springs Eagle Rock members will soon follow.
"We chose this path because we knew we needed to protect our jobs and our livelihoods as Eagle Rock expanded its foothold in the state," said Elwood Sterling, warehouseman. "This victory means we are one step closer to a union contract and I could not be happier today."
The newly organized unit will cast ballots to become a full union shop in the coming weeks.