Teamsters Take Loomis to Sweden

After nearly 40 years of having Loomis AB (and its predessor companies) under contract, the company decided to walk away from its contractual relationship with Teamsters Local 853 and five other California locals.

How could they do that?

Almost 30 years ago, the National Labor Relations Board determined that armored truck drivers were guards, and that, as such, they could not be represented by a union that represented other workers. Since that decision came down, however, the Teamsters continued to represent the drivers at Loomis. That is, until last year, when the company unilaterally decided that it no longer recognized the union.

The Teamsters fought back at the National Labor Relations Board, who initially ruled against the union. However, NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman wrote the dissenting opinion, contending that once a company has recognized a union, which Loomis clearly did for 58 years, they can’t walk away. “Her opinion lends credence to our position. The Board should be coming out with a decision soon,” says Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise.

Don’t violate international law

In the meantime, Aloise took the case to Loomis’ executives at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Sweden.

“It is an inherent human right for workers to be able to collectively organize and choose their union representation,” Aloise told the shareholders. “By violating this right, Loomis is in violation of internationally-recognized labor standards.”

Aloise described to Loomis shareholders the abuses Loomis employees in America are facing. “Armored truck guard is one of the most dangerous jobs in America,” Aloise said. “Yet Loomis refuses to provide gun training and bulletproof vests, and reduced the armored truck teams from three to two people. On top of that, Loomis stopped pensions for its California workers and now makes them pay up to $1,000 per month for health care.”

The important outstanding question that Aloise left them with is, Loomis would never dare treat their Swedish employees this way. So why are they abusing their U.S. workers?

Loomis’ Chairman Alf Göransson has pledged, as the CEO of Securitas, to obey the OECD Code of Conduct for multinational corporations, and has a worldwide agreement with the UNI Global Union to respect workers’ rights.

Aloise said that if Loomis continues to violate its workers’ rights, the Teamsters will be left with no choice but to file a formal OECD complaint and to leverage the Teamsters’ relationships with some of Loomis’s largest customers.

Loomis Armored US, Inc. provides armored transport, ATM, cash processing, and outsourced vault services to banks, financial institutions, commercial and retail businesses, hospitality companies, sports facilities, governments, schools, pharmacies and health care businesses.