Employees of Pevik Construction in Madera have voted to join the Iron Workers Union. Photo by Jason Richard on unsplash.com.

published on July 18, 2022 - 2:05 PM
Written by Frank Lopez

Workers at a Central Valley industrial business will get a vote to unionize at the end of this month.

Fourteen Ironworkers of Pevik Construction in Madera, a structural steel fabrication service provider, have filed for representation with the Iron Workers Union, a trade association representing more than 120,000 members in North America.

According to a post from the Ironworkers Organizing Twitter page, employees at Pevik have filed for representation with Iron Workers Union Local 155.

An election count is planned for July 27.

According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the representation election was petitioned for on June 21.

Pablo Villagrana is president of Iron Workers Union Local 155, which has a jurisdiction as far north as Ceres and as far south as Bakersfield and west to the Central Coast.

Villagrana said that because of numerous construction projects in the Central Valley, membership has increased. In the past six years the local union went from 280 members to around 800.

Villagrana said a majority of iron workers he has spoken to say they have a lack of wage raises, no set pay, no health care and no 401k plans.

“A lot of workers say, when we talk about representation, that they would have done it earlier,” Villagrana said. “They all want to retire and still be able to live a comfortable life.”

Election ballots were mailed on July 5 and workers have until July 26 for their ballots to reach the NLRB.

An owner of Pevik Construction declined to comment on the organizing effort Monday.

The announcement of Pevik Construction comes on the heels of another high-profile union election in Fresno.

In April, the Starbucks team at Marks And Herndon avenues in Fresno filed for union representation with Starbucks Workers United. The union vote failed, with the 14 votes counted — all voting against unionizing with Starbucks Workers United, according to the NLRB.

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