Victory on YRC Excess Overtime

April 2, 2010: Sometimes shining a light on injustice wins a quick victory.

Just three days after TDU.org exposed a deal between YRC and the IBT to weaken the freight contract clause requiring the call-back of laid-off Teamsters, the deal was canceled.

In a management memo dated March 18 and headed “25% O/T methodology – not good news” Holland VP for Labor Relations Steve Blubaugh informed managers that they must return to the “old” (proper) way to calculate recall of laid-off Teamsters when overtime exceeds an average of 10 hours per week per active Teamster.

On March 15, TDU.org revealed a memo from YRC labor man Bob Jones which directed managers to implement a “recent agreement between the IBT and the company” that will “give the company greater latitude in O/T utilization without triggering recalls of laid-off Teamsters.”

YRC started to implement the new deal at some Ohio terminals and it would have gone national.

Article 5, Section 6 of the freight contract is enforced by many stewards and locals, and results in numerous laid-off Teamsters being recalled to get work and protect their family health benefits. If your steward and local are not monitoring this provision, you should start doing it.

The so-called “agreement between the IBT and the company” would have allowed employers to use excess overtime up to 90 hours a week over the aggregate limit, instead of the 50 specified in Article 5 of the contract, before triggering recalls.

It’s good news when we can stop a corrupt deal that would have kept more Teamsters on layoff.

Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

The Final Fall of Rome

Corrupt Teamster Vice President Rome Aloise faces new charges for racketeering, retaliation, and knowingly bringing harm to a Teamster.  His days as a Teamster are numbered.

Hoffa Takes Aim at Teamster Elections

Hoffa is retiring as General President at the end of next year, and he wants to take Teamster democracy with him. Last week, Hoffa told the press about a plan to block contested elections for International Union office, beginning in 2026. We can’t let that happen. 

View More News Posts