Drivers Seeking to Unionize in Nebraska, Ohio
The Association of Pizza Delivery Drivers announced on their website that a Domino's in Lincoln, Neb. has filed union cards. On October 5, the drivers sent enough cards to fulfill the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) quota of at least 30 percent of affected employees. The workers at the Domino's must now vote whether to invoke the union. If passed, the union will give the drivers collective bargaining power.
According to the APDD, the drive covers all store employees, but only affects the drivers. The store only employs drivers.
Big Red Pizza Inc. Domino's drivers receive a mileage reimbursement cut for long deliveries, the website said. Didier Billiouxe, union organizer and Domino's driver, thinks they should be reimbursed on a 36 cents per mile basis for the wear on vehicles. Another thing he wants to see is for the company to pay for a cell phone for drivers instead of them using their personal mobile phones. He says this can be done by getting a bulk rate from the cell phone companies.
Billouxe said that work conditions will only improve to a "fair level with collective bargaining and worker representation." Unless the election is stalled by a hearing, it will be held in four to six weeks, the site said.
A similar election that was to take place in Columbus, Ohio was stalled by a Cleveland judge after the Pizza Hut where drivers filed for union status were challenged by the company. Hallrich Incorporated the franchise owner of the Sunbury, Ohio store, challenged the bargaining unit size and the amount of interest in forming a union, according to the APDD website.
Matthew Howard, a Hallrich driver and union drive organizer, only wants to unionize the drivers, not the inside employees. When Howard filed the first time, Hallrich agreed not to challenge the election if he included all the store's employees in the bargaining unit, the website said. Howard collected cards a second time and re-filed. This time Hallrich contends that the necessary 30 percent was not attained. "They lied about the number of employees," Howard said. He also said the store's manager wrote the schedule by hand and would not allow him to make a copy or photograph it. A few extra employees were added to the schedule, according to Howard.
After this debacle, Howard filed the petition to unionize only the drivers. The APDD sent a labor law attorney to represent Howard at the hearing. The judges ruling should be released soon.
For more information on the APDD, visit www.pizzadeliverydrivers.org.