Taking on the Nonunion Competition: The Right Leadership Makes the Difference

March 25, 2011: Sandy Pope took on C&S and saved Teamster jobs by winning a groundbreaking neutrality agreement.

Hoffa let that agreement expire—and Teamsters are paying the price.

C&S has always been a threat to Teamster jobs. The difference is our union leadership used to fight this threat.

When C&S first took over A&P’s distribution work in New Jersey in the 1990s, the International Union sent in Sandy Pope to deal with the threat.

At that time, C&S was an entirely nonunion operation. As an International Representative with the Warehouse Division, Sandy Pope worked with Local 863 leaders and stewards to launch a corporate campaign. C&S backed down.

Local 863 members’ jobs were saved. And Sandy Pope negotiated a groundbreaking neutrality agreement with C&S.

The new agreement gave our union the power to unionize more jobs at C&S without management interference. Under the agreement, C&S’s unionized operations grew.

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