Part of the union

In a press release last week, the Teamsters Local 533 union announced that drivers at Reno’s Bell Limousine had voted overwhelmingly to join its ranks.

“We’re standing up for workers in our profession so all drivers can have a voice in every matter that affects us,” driver Kim Jenkins was quoted as saying in the release. “At Bell Limo, high turnover from wage issues, benefits and scheduling have caused good drivers to leave.”

According to the press release, drivers were motivated to unionize in part because, after a change in company ownership, they “lost over $3 an hour in pay and many were forced to take second jobs to provide for their families.”

Their organizing campaign to unionize culminated on Oct. 23 with a 100 percent “yes” vote.