NORTH HAVEN — On Thursday, workers at XPO Logistics walked out of the warehouse and onto a picket line to protest the company’s labor practices.
The striking workers are seeking to end “the illegal abuses and manipulation from XPO,” according to a statement released by the Teamsters union.
“XPO continues to treat my coworkers and me with complete disrespect and that’s led us to walk out, raise our voices and say ‘enough is enough,’ ” said John Tullock, an XPO striker from North Haven, in the statement. “We will continue to stand up to XPO until our concerns are addressed and company executives stop abusing our rights.”
The strike did not continue on Friday.
The XPO warehouse, 1 North Frontage Road, mostly serves Sikorsky Aircraft. Workers at hundreds of other XPO facilities also walked out on Thursday.
In a statement Friday, an XPO Logistics spokesman said the company respects the union’s right to demonstrate, but added “our U.S. employees have overwhelmingly rejected unions. In the very few locations where employees have opted for representation, we’re engaged in good-faith negotiations.”
“In the past two years, North Haven workers’ wages have increased an average of 30 percent. And ten people there have been promoted to supervisory or management positions since last year,” the spokesperson added.
The company has about 49,000 employees in the United States.
The striking workers in North Haven are part of Teamsters Local 443, which organized in 2016.
According to the National Labor Review Board, Teamsters Local 443 filed charges in January alleging coercive actions, including surveillance, coercive statements.
The North Haven strikers were visited Thursday by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd.
“Do not let these naysayers get in your way and deter you from what your tasks are,” read a statement from DeLauro in the Teamsters press release. “You have a right to be part of the decisions that affect your life and the lives of your families. You have the right to affordable health care, the right to retirement security, and most of all, the right to get respect for what you do.”
The Teamsters, founded in 1903, represents 1.4 million people in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.
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