Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise with the UNI Swedish Commission of Inquiry.

Fighting for Fairness at Loomis

In 2011, Loomis US unilaterally ended its nearly 60-year contractual relationship with the Teamsters and has since cut back on crew sizes, the benefits it offers, and providing the guards with guns and bulletproof vests.

The Teamsters fought Loomis’ derecognition of the union. “Those of us who believe in democracy were appalled when Loomis unilaterally decided not to allow its employees to continue to be represented by the Teamsters. This has been devastating to these workers,” said Local 853 Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise.

After staging pickets, filing a lawsuit, and speaking at the company’s corporate headquarters, in February, the union escalated the fight to the international arena. Loomis US is a subsidiary of the Swedish cash logistics corporation, Loomis AB. The Teamsters hosted a Swedish Commission of Inquiry to meet with workers at their jobsites and to convene hearings— two in California and one in Washington, D.C.

The commission, comprised of Swedish union leaders and legal experts, was organized by UNI, the global labor federation for service sector workers headquartered in Switzerland. Six Locals across the state had represented Loomis workers before the derecognition.

“Loomis is a good company in Sweden,” said Martin Veridies, Vice President of the Swedish Transport Union. “The wages they pay are about best paid in Sweden. Labor rights are a basic human right. We believe that our counterparts in the U.S. should have the same rights.” “Several solutions are brewing, both in Congress and internationally,” says Aloise. “Stay tuned.”