Adell workers choose Teamsters over Seafarers


AFL-CIO union workers at Adell Plastics Inc. in Anne Arundel County voted 41-0 yesterday to throw out the Seafarers International Union as their labor representative, and chose Teamsters Local 557 instead.

In the balloting, which ended yesterday, 28 other workers voted to have no union at all at the plastics recycling company.

The Adell employees have been working without a contract since August and are trying to negotiate a contract that would allow them to work five days a week instead of the current four 15-hour days each week.

Last week, before the vote began, worker Bradley Fredericks said: "We're fed up. They [Seafarers] don't come here to represent us on problems, and they won't get us a contract." Mr. Fredericks has been president of the SIU local representing Adell employees for nine years.

The vote was held by the National Labor Relations Board, which responded to a petition signed by some 70 Adell employees. Any party involved -- the company, the Teamsters or the SIU -- has five working days to protest the election before the labor board certifies the vote.

SIU officials familiar with labor relations at the Adell plant could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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