Teamsters in the Dark about ABF Tentative Agreement

ABF and the IBT Freight Division have reached a tentative national agreement. No details have been released to the members.

strike_vote_thumb.jpgA “two-person” meeting for officers of all affected locals will reportedly be held on April 10 or 11. TDU will release information to members when it becomes available, and certainly at the time of the two-person meeting when the IBT will be forced to provide the information to us.

The union agreed to extend the contract past April 1 during the ratification period.

Teamster members stand ready to assess the proposed contract. ABF drivers, dockworkers and clericals expect major improvements and no further concessions. Restoring lost wages, vacation time and issues regarding “purchased transportation” are key areas of membership concern.

The Hoffa administration and Freight Director Ernie Soehl should release the information to members for review, prior to the meeting of officials. Give members, stewards and local officers a chance to assess the agreement, prior to the expected sales-job from the IBT.

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  • James Matolyak
    commented 2018-03-29 21:31:03 -0400
    What’s the big secret? Does the negotiation committee need time to get in the witness protection program and get out of town before you show the members a garbage contract??? I would think if it was a good proposal for the people you represent, you would be in a hurry to pound your chest and say look what we negotiated for you!! I hope I will be pleasantly surprised when I see this proposed contract, but when someone isn’t transparent it usually isn’t good news.
  • Jim Mcdyer III
    commented 2018-03-29 20:00:45 -0400
    what is the big secret??………….its our contract not theirs !!!…………..this should be given to the members now not in 2 weeks !!!!
  • Jerry Wilson
    commented 2018-03-29 17:24:37 -0400
    The fact is the way there hiding the contract from us tells me we got a shit deal heading are way here’s my vote IBT NO save your stamp I won’t pad Judy’s purse with another shitty contract so stop hiding it from due paying members this is total bullshit I won’t pay dues on a shitty contract you will get a withdrawal card if that’s what you are hiding from us the IBT better be representing the due paying members not A.B.F. If you are pushing for us another shitty contract-that is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mike Heath
    commented 2018-03-29 16:19:18 -0400
    This just isn’t right. These negotiations shouldn’t be in secrecy, they should be transparent. This isn’t good!
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