Pizza For Che: Getting A Slice Of The Pie

Florida pizza delivery drivers win union recognition
By: John Peter Daly

Eleven pizza delivery drivers in Pensacola, Fla. took on a Domino’s franchise and won the first ever union for such workers. Domino’s is the second largest pizza company in the world.

Delivery driver Jim Pohl told PSLweb.org, “We formed the union on my birthday, March 7, and then voted for the right to collective bargaining on April 6.” Pole is the president of Local 1 of the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers.

Limited negotiations with management have recently begun. “We don’t really have anything to go on. There have never been contract negotiations between drivers and a pizza company before in the U.S. It’s going to be a process,” explained Pohl.

“My main goal is to organize his other six stores,” he added. Pohl said that the main bargaining issues involve delivery safety concerns and minimum wage pay. Over the last decade, delivery jobs have ranked as the fifth most dangerous job nationally.

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