IBT Agrees to Divisive YRC Pay Deal

What do you do when the YRC national contract wages are so low that you cannot find qualified workers? You raise the starting dock wage, but only at a select group of terminals! That’s the deal signed by Hoffa’s new Freight Director, Ernie Soehl.  


The Memorandum of Understanding boosts the pitiful non-CDL dock rate to $16, after an 18-month progression, but only at a specified list of terminals.

For the first time ever, freight Teamsters at the same company will make different wages at different terminals.

Columbus gets a raise, but not Cleveland or Cincinnati. Minneapolis gets a raise, but not Milwaukee, Kansas City, or St. Louis. And if you are in the South, forget about it!

The list includes terminals in some higher-wage metro areas such as New York, Washington and Seattle. And it includes some other terminals. But most terminals are left out completely.

As for any raise at all for the existing Teamsters who are keeping YRC rolling? That is not even mentioned in the MOU.

This big break with Teamster solidarity has Teamsters hopping mad. Some have made up a “Call Ernie” poster, to demand that the Freight Director renegotiate this divisive disaster.

YRC has a duty to bargain with the IBT before implementing such differential raises. So how about some actual bargaining, instead of just saying Yes Sir to management’s plan?

It may be time to use some real Teamster solidarity, such as area standards picketing to eliminate subcontracting, and put more Teamsters to work.

Our last freight director, Tyson Johnson, was just soundly defeated in the IBT election for Southern Region vice president after years of selling-out members. Brother Soehl: how about listening to the members?

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  • Guadalupe Chamberlain
    commented 2017-08-12 21:35:46 -0400
    Since this applies to recent hires not at full rate as well a grievance would basically say that if any employees get a raise then all employees get one equal to the net gain of any other employee
  • Guadalupe Chamberlain
    commented 2017-08-12 21:31:36 -0400
    It was only done in the southern conference. Staring 8.12.17 all city and line haul full timers start off day one at full scale. No wage progression. The plan was presented to the company to help boost hiring by the YRC OKlahoma City facility manager and its local unions business agent .
  • Veronica Smith
    commented 2017-08-12 02:09:12 -0400
    Thanks Guadalupe it just gets frustrating sometimes. I like what i do dont get me wrong. But this company is confusing
  • Guadalupe Chamberlain
    commented 2017-08-11 21:46:35 -0400
    I’m neutral to this site or its organization but a blog for this was on my mind so a few thoughts. All full time new hires at YRC Freight start at full scale as of this Saturday.
    The current inmates taking a $7500 plus a year pay cut and a 75% pension reduction for the last 5 + yrs dont get poo poo, hell no. you wanted cheap labor , now you got it so deal with it.
    Or give all those #%$## a raise. I’m looking at the mou to see if you guys may have something to file on and will get back with you.
  • Veronica Smith
    commented 2017-06-28 16:39:38 -0400
    My dad and my grandfather were all teamster. They were proud to be a teamster but times have charged. My dad talks to me about when he was a teamster and how it stood for a hard worker. Well let me tell you now at my company it stand for lazy people who don’t work and know that the union will get there jobs back when they F*$* off. I am not proud to be a teamster because of my company and because of my union at the company who stands up for these teamster that take 3 hour backs everyday. While the rest of us work. Teamster use to be a union to be proud of now it just allows people to be lazy.
  • Tony Copia
    commented 2017-06-27 09:16:19 -0400
    Hoffa has shown us that he never was and never will be a true leader , no-one has hurt the IBT and it’s hard working men and women more than he has in a short time which took a life time to build into a once proud and respected union , shame on our representation for turning their backs on us , shame on our leadership for the disregard of its membets..
  • Veronica Smith
    commented 2017-06-25 20:32:43 -0400
    Teamsters doesn’t mean what it used at terminal 830 Our shop stewards don’t even go to the monthly shop steward meetings they haven’t gone to one in a year. No one ever knows what’s going on or each Stewart gives you a different answer. We were supposed to get the accelerated pay but I guess we’re not getting it anymore but nobody really knows. And we have two different pay rates anyone with less than 10 years tops out at $18 an hour anybody with over 10 years tops out at $24 an hour
  • Tony Copia
    commented 2017-05-23 10:31:57 -0400
    What the he’ll kind of action is this, I’ve been here for 24 years and my wage has decreased tremendously , along with the pension and the IBT looks passed us like we don’t exist , this is not a union this is a disaster in the making , our own representation throwing us to the curb ,Hoffa should be ashamed of him self for things that have taken place in the last 8 years , we will never stop fighting for what is right for working men and women that have sacrificed so much and been given so little in return !!!!!
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2017-05-06 10:16:07 -0400
    Its a slap in the face to the rest of us that have been working at a pay reduction since 2009! Enough is enough, they should have told YRC all or nothing!
  • Steve Joramo
    commented 2017-05-06 10:09:27 -0400
    Yes the non cdl dock is just as you described, but all other people with less than 3 years get bumped up to the same rate at selected locations.
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2017-05-06 10:01:52 -0400
    15% pay reduction doesnt appy to non cdl dock, pay will be 16, then 17 after 1yr, and 18 after 2yrs
  • Steve Joramo
    commented 2017-05-06 09:57:16 -0400
    The new employees are not getting more than current employees. The new employees at locations listed are no longer going through a 85, 90 and 95 percent reduced pay for 3 years to get to full rate, the full rate being the same as members with more than 3 years service. The 15 percent reduction still applies. Do not confuse the 15 percent reduction with the new hire rates in selected locations, The new employees are not being paid more than other veteran employees, just the same.
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2017-05-06 09:42:18 -0400
    No one’s complaining because union brothers got raises! Rights were violated here on being able to vote on changes! The current 15% pay reduction for the rest of us doesn’t apply to new non-CDL employees? That’s bullshit!
  • Elaine Henry
    commented 2017-05-06 06:43:01 -0400
    Will this get CDL drivers just starting an increase?
  • Steve Joramo
    commented 2017-04-27 14:41:07 -0400
    You are complaining because some of your Union brothers are getting a raise, and the raise should get some more members for the Union in places it is difficult to attract workers? You would also complain if they hung you with a new rope, old country saying. I think it is a win-win. Nobody complained when many small Union companies operated under a “White Paper Contract” at lower wages and these companies kept working during the 1994 strike. Take what you can get and proceed from there.
  • Derek Giusto
    commented 2017-04-25 17:52:06 -0400
    This npme Stewart can tell you this is a bunch of crap.what union mean the joining together of.this is the division of.this can’t stand.no input on our part whatsoever. I speak for many of our people.
  • Paul Dillon
    commented 2017-04-20 14:13:49 -0400
    " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal "

    I guess some Teamster officials don’t feel it applies to their members pay?
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2017-04-20 01:54:26 -0400
    Modifying the current MOU without a members vote? Has Hoffa violated member rights? Should charges be filed with the NLRB? These are questions that need answers!!
  • Michael Cummings
    commented 2017-04-18 17:35:01 -0400
    Look at the routing on freight in the system. Freight from Charlotte to Chicago. Routed thru Akron and Cleveland. More miles, plus Turnpike toll across Ohio and Indiana. DA
  • Michael Cummings
    commented 2017-04-18 17:32:18 -0400
    YRC Sucks, Hoffa Sucks, dumb ass Union Employees Suck. Union Reps Suck. Beam me up Scotty. No intelligent Life down here at YRC.
  • Michael Cummings
    commented 2017-04-18 17:30:10 -0400
    Hello what idiot would want to come to YRC and work for less money and benefits than what the competition is paying.

    Supply and Demand, Hello did they teach that in Business 101?
  • Michael Cummings
    commented 2017-04-18 17:26:50 -0400
    What Country club did YRC buy this Prick a Life Time membership to?
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