August 22, 2012
Frank Rogers, YRC
Local 41, Kansas City
When Hoffa, Johnson and Sweeton proposed the first round of concessions at YRC, some of us did some research. Our wages have not kept up with the cost of living, even before the concessions. And there never was any real "shared sacrifice."
Good Teamsters fought in the streets and some sacrificed their lives for the standards that we as Teamsters enjoy today. We at YRC are now working under a substandard contract because our elected union officials have not done what they have been elected to do: to maintain our wage/compensation packages and freight contract, yet they have taken raises for themselves.
Now, more than any other time in our history is the time for us, the rank-and-file members of this, the greatest union in the world, to rise up, stand united and demand that our elected union officials do what they are paid to do: fight for us, our families and our future.