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Victory in the South: Houston Paratransit win TWU Representation
Houston, Texas — The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) won a representation election at MV Transportation in Houston, Texas last week. The TWU’s goal is to provide more than 375 paratransit workers with dignity on the job and improved working conditions.
The paratransit workers sought TWU representation to combat low pay, staffing shortages, and other issues related to post-pandemic working conditions. Organizing in the south has been a strategic focus of the TWU.
“For far too long, working people in Southern states have been fed lies and have been intimidated into believing that their organizing efforts will be unsuccessful. This victory proves that organizing in the American south is possible and that when workers collectively fightback, workers win,” said TWU International President John Samuelsen.
“Unions level the playing field by making things fair between workers and bosses—and that’s exactly what we need. I’m thrilled to have TWU on the property and look forward to negotiating our first contact,” said Tomika Griggs, a Houston Paratransit driver.
The TWU represents more than 155,000 workers across the airline, railroad, transit, universities, utilities and service sectors. The TWU is the largest airline workers union in the United States.