Carhaul Teamsters voted to reject two concessionary contracts and sent the employers and the Hoffa administration back to the bargaining table. Rank-and-file unity paid off and members will now vote an improved agreement.
Ballots will be mailed out to members on March 10 and are scheduled to be counted on March 30.
TDU urges members to review the proposed contract, attend local meetings and cast an informed vote.
Teamsters United will hold a conference call on Saturday morning to bring carhaulers together to discuss the proposed contract.
The International Union will also be holding a conference call tonight to pitch the deal.
Carhaulers voted NO by an overwhelmingly 87 percent to reject pay cuts that Hoffa and the Carhaul Division gave to the employers in the first deal in October, 2015.
Members rejected a second deal that weakened job protections in work preservation agreements and in Article 48 of the Central Supplement.
The contract rejections sent a clear message to the employers that Hoffa’s weak leadership team might be willing to accept contract givebacks, but the members would not.
Teamsters United leaders like Fred Zuckerman, Bill Frisky, John Thyer and Avral Thompson led the fight. Teamster carhaulers did the rest.
Teamster solidarity defeated some important givebacks. Now the future of the carhaul agreement is in members’ hands.
Teamster solidarity stopped the big pay cuts, and now won changes in the work preservation language and in Article 48. Just think what we could have won with a Teamster leadership that fights for the members instead of against the members.