YRCW Contract - What's Next for Freight?

The YRCW contract was ratified by a vote 10,163 Yes to 6,741 No. However, the contract supplement for Western Pa Joint Council 40 was voted down 63 Yes to 68 No. Ernie Soehl, IBT Freight Director, stated that there would be further discussions to address the Joint Council 40 supplement. Retroactive pay and contract implementation will be delayed until the supplement is settled.

The deal was ratified, but with no enthusiasm.  Members faced a terrible choice, forced on them by the mismanagement of YRC and by the lack of organizing in the freight industry, to defend union wages, benefits and standards.

We live with this contract for the next five years.  

But we don’t have to live with the IBT leadership that long.  We need to chart a new course for the Teamsters Union in 2021, when all Teamsters will vote on new IBT officers, and a new direction to build Teamster power in the trucking industry.

The 2019-2024 contract replaces the concessionary MOU that Teamsters have been covered under since 2009. A lost week of vacation – given up in 2014 – was restored. The overall wage increases make up some ground but will leave YRCW Teamsters below the ABF contract.  Some improvements were won, but there is little there that matches the sacrifices Teamsters gave in ten years of concessions.

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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-05-12 09:38:47 -0400
    " We all do better.., when We all do better"
  • Phil Casey
    commented 2019-05-12 09:24:43 -0400
    In your Local how many bother to go to the monthly meeting?. The more active you are in your Local, the better result you will receive. I am proud of the turn out from the YRC rank & file. Should have been much more, but it is a big improvement from past elections. I am retired ABF. I wish everyone @ YRC the best. All of us are Union. I think Franklin said “We Must All Hang Together, or Most Assuredly, We Will All Hang Separately” Good luck von.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-05-06 09:31:34 -0400
    A rank & file of sheep..begats a Executive Board of Wolves !!
  • Todd Bressler
    commented 2019-05-05 15:36:21 -0400
    The union is only as strong as the membership makes it. Around 9 or 10 thousand people didn’t even have the courage to vote for their own future. This is what the company and the union hope for every time a contract comes up. When the membership is weak and don’t stand up for themselves it makes the company’s and the union’s job easy. It is hard to say how much shady shit has gone on over the last 10 years. There will be more to come. What is going to happen to the pension plans with only this small amount put in by Yrcw? Why as a union officer would you endorse a bad deal like this? As all this goes on the company and the international think they done a helluva good job.
  • gary harley
    commented 2019-05-05 12:41:15 -0400
    someone should have gone to prison for this mess. The government for letting yellow own the three largest union company. The union for letting yellow control the three largest union companies . (I’m a dumb ass truck driver and I seen this coming).and finally the banks for lending yellow the money for something they clearly could not afford. and also bill dollars the worst CEO in history.(I read it on the internet!) and the guy he put in place here at Holland to take over!.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-05-04 13:38:20 -0400
    This date marks the 1 year anniversary of " Hoffa corruption investigations ‘Heats up’ ‘“..,
    Feel the ’Heat’., what a joke..
    The ’ Heat ’ is the IBT Treasury being drained by…
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  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
    published this page in News 2019-05-04 09:04:06 -0400
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