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Workers at intermodal rail transportation firm Parsec Inc. in Illinois recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Employed at Parsec's Elwood terminal near BNSF Railway Co.'s Logistic Park Chicago, the more than 500 workers will form their own union as Teamsters Local 179. Parsec provides contracted terminal management services at more than 30 locations in the United States and Canada.
The Teamsters recently organized Parsec workers at a Commerce, California, terminal near Los Angeles. That development helped empower the Illinois workers to unite, Teamsters officials said in a press release.
The Elwood workers received support from truckers who came to their terminal for deliveries and pickups, and encouraged them to organize, they said.
"[We] continue to build power in the global supply chain, and this victory shows that workers who want a more secure future are turning to [us]," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters represent 1.4 million workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.