Does Hoffa have a plan to protect freight Teamsters?

June 15, 2009: Teamster officials have been summoned to Chicago for a meeting on Thursday, June 18 to hear from the International Union about the next steps at YRC. Does the Hoffa administration have a plan to protect freight Teamsters?

The Hoffa administration came under fire for failing to negotiate protections for freight Teamsters as part of the YRC concessions deal in January.

Now the company wants more concessions in order to service their debt obligations and stay in business.

If the Hoffa administration is considering re-opening the contract again, they should attach conditions that give management an incentive to restore union standards and protect Teamster jobs, such as these:

No raises, bonuses or stock options for executives and upper management until YRC restores all provisions of the 2008-2013 NMFA.

Any concessions (including the 10% pay cut in effect) should automatically snap-back when the company returns to profitability.

Stop assigning freight to YRC Glen Moore or other subcontracting until the NMFA is restored; same for YRC Logistics.

Make it policy that no employee can be forced to work over 40 hours per week. That way senior employees that want to, can pass some work down to the laid off Teamsters.

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