Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits workers will head to the bargaining table as an all-union Teamsters Local 455-represented shop after winning their Colorado Peace Act vote 44-6 on Friday.
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success," said warehouseman and steward Chris Carter on Friday. "We are Teamsters!!!"
Friday's vote came nearly a year and a half after a staggering blow in the unit's first election.
"After a devastating loss by one vote ... we did not give up," said Jeff Cornett, steward and warehouseman. "We came back better, stronger and more organized to win our next election by 88 percent."
The Peace Act win in Aurora, Colo., sets the negotiation process in motion and marks the third Teamster win nationally at Southern Glazer's in recent months, after Local 104's win in Phoenix and Local 988's victory in Houston.
Teamsters Local 455 Secretary-Treasurer credited the tirelessness of the workers and organizers for the win, and thanked Joint Council 3, the Teamsters Brewery Conference and the IBT for their support.
Said Modecker: "We'll bring it home in a contract and make it all worth it."