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Transort Topics: Auto Haulers Could Be Added to Federal Auto Support Program

April 17, 2009: U.S. automakers said they are open to considering participation by auto haulers in the newly announced multibillion-dollar federal program aimed at stabilizing key parts suppliers. “We’re now considering including haulers as an exception to the Tier One ‘production and raw materials’ supplier requirement,” said Chrysler spokesman Dave Elshoff in an April 9 e-mail to Transport Topics. “While the Treasury program is mainly focused on Tier One direct material suppliers, GM is willing...

Can We Defend the National Contract?

April 10, 2009: We believe we can, even in these difficult times. But carhaulers need a national plan and national leadership. It may not be realistic to shut the door on all concessions because of the situation that we, and the companies, find ourselves in. If concessions are given, there needs to be a plan to survive the present and build union strength for the future. Part of any concessions should be a plan to...

Jack Cooper: Concessions or Your Job

March 2, 2009: Jack Cooper, operating as PMT in the West, has lost GM traffic in Los Angeles and Milpitas, Calif. to a nonunion outfit called Harbor Auto Transport. Over half of the drivers working have been laid off. Los Angeles Local 63’s carhaul BA, Bob Doss, has consistently blamed the workers for not taking big concessions. The company continues to pressure the drivers to take a flat rate concession. 30-Day Notice Jack Cooper has...

Jack Cooper: The Problem Is Management

March 2, 2009: With few carhaulers working, you would think that Jack Cooper would lay off management to bring the number in line with what is needed. In some areas they have, but at a few terminals they practically have one supervisor for every driver working. Before they blame Teamsters and demand more concessions, how about controlling the overhead costs?

IBT Auditor Wants to Raise Carhaul Dues

March 2, 2009: It’s bad enough that the majority of Teamster carhaulers are not working; now Local 604 reports that an International auditor working for IBT Secretary-Treasurer Tom Keegel has told the local union they should increase the dues of working carhaulers. St. Louis Local 604 has posted on their website (www.teamsters604.org) a letter from local Secretary-Treasurer John Thyer in response, stating that the local will decline to raise dues. Thyer’s letter reports that after...
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