Strike Over at Central States, TeamCare

Teamster members at Central States are back to work after a two-day strike. The contract dispute showed the best and worst of our union.

central_thumb.jpgHalf of the governing board of trustees of Central States are Teamster officials. But they refused to address members’ concerns at the bargaining table.

The Local 743 officials who are supposed to represent the members repeatedly tried to sell substandard deals. The ratified contract was previously voted down, in more or less the same form, five times.

After the last week’s rejection, Local 743 officials put members on a picket line with little strike support.

Ultimately, members voted 259-84 to approve a recycled contract offer that included retro pay. Retro pay had been removed from an offer that was voted down last week.

Some Teamster locals and joint councils publicly supported the strikers. Their solidarity, and the stand made by Local 743 members for a fair contract, reflect the best of our union.

The betrayal by Local 743 officials and the Teamster Trustees at Central States reflect the worst. 


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  • Staci Aleman
    commented 2019-03-19 22:18:56 -0400
    I’m a single Mom who walked the strike line, I was scared but it made me stronger for myself and for my fellow Teamsters. Even though we did not receive the support our LU should have given us, we were and still are there for eachother. We are back at work, Teamsters helping Teamsters. If there is one thing Teamcare could not keep up without us is Member calls so they shut the phones down for over a day. Well we are back, it won’t be easy trying to meet the production demands that each call should only take at the very most 6 minutes with no bathroom breaks, avg 69 calls in a day per rep but we can do our best after all Teamsters are Humans too Mr. Nyhan.
  • Robert Hrifko
    commented 2019-03-19 22:10:35 -0400
    Tom Nyhan is a cocksucker. If I ever cross his path, I’ll smash his face. He fucks Teamster rank and file whenever he can. Greedy fuck!
  • Lisa McEwen
    commented 2019-03-19 19:17:29 -0400
    We had very little support from 743. We had over 200 people out there with about 20-25 signs provided to us. Our president stayed in her car. We had to spend our own money to make and print signs. We voted on the same contract 5 times! We should still be on strike but we couldn’t keep going with our Local’s support. It’s a sad day to be a Teamster when your own don’t even look out for you. Thank you personally for all who did.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-03-19 19:17:18 -0400
    This ‘Elitist’..bunch that bow to Hoffa, reduce collective bargaining to a ’ everyman for himself’ workplace of Sociopaths
  • Samantha Rodriguez
    commented 2019-03-19 19:16:10 -0400
    This makes it seem like we only went on strike for money. When in reality it was because they wanted to raise production standards which are based off a company that doesn’t have old 1990 computer software and systems shutting down all the time. Nyhan wants quantity OVER quality. We love helping our members but now with the new contract we will just do the minimum so we aren’t disciplined for not meeting our stats.
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