Raymundo Fregoso, Daniel Miranda, Esteban Guillen and Arturo Macias Jr. were among some 100 year-round workers who initiated the one-week strike in June 2017 that won wage increases. Many among the 300 seasonal workers, mostly women, joined the strike. The union, Teamsters Local 890, fought against the firings, including taking their cases to arbitration.
In July, 2017, the strikers “got solidarity from other workers. Railroad workers sent to pick up eight box cars of canned products wouldn’t cross the picket line and left the cars behind.” The bosses tried again, with the same result. Strikers “met the train again and again nothing moved.”
Teamster business agent Jose A. Perez Jr. reports that the the company said the workers where fired because the workers engaged in alleged “striker misconduct.” The union pickets were accused by the company of preventing the rail cars from moving. But the arbitrator ruled that the box cars didn’t move because of the actions of the rail workers, not the strikers. The railroad workers had refused to cross a labor union picket line where workers were on strike. The rail workers understood that ‘Picket Lines Mean Do Not Cross!’