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Contract & Campaign Carhaulers Form National Network

May 20, 2015: Over 300 carhaulers joined a conference call on May 14 to form a national network of stewards, officers, and active members to defend their contract and change the national leadership of the union. Now the organizing work will begin. Paul Kubal, Jack Cooper driver at Wayne Michigan in Local 299, said “We need to get organized if we’re going make sure negotiations deliver what we need. We need a carhaul contract committee with stewards and active members. We need a rep in every barn.”   The national network...

Carhaulers Kick Off National Network

(reprinted from www.TeamstersUnited.org) May 15, 2015: Over 300 carhaulers joined a Teamsters United campaign conference call on May 14 to talk about the national contract and the IBT election. General President candidate Tim Sylvester announced that John Thyer is joining the Teamsters United slate. Thyer, the principal officer of St Louis Local 604, has been a Teamster officer for two decades and a carhauler for nearly four decades. “He is everything that Hoffa isn’t,” Sylvester said. Members got to...

$50 Million Teamster Win in Louisville

November 11, 2014: Louisville Local 89 and Teamster carhaulers have won a strike victory at Ford, despite getting no support from the Hoffa administration. Teamsters who transport vehicles from the Ford assembly plant to the rails in Louisville have won a victory—and they have won big. Their victory puts an end to a dirty deal cut between Ford and contractor Voith Industrial in early 2012, which dumped 161 Teamsters who made $20 an hour and...

Judge OKs Jack Cooper Bid to Purchase Bankrupt Allied

Jonathan S. Reiskin Transport Topics 24, 2013 View the original piece A federal bankruptcy court has approved the sale of Allied Systems Holdings, once the nation’s largest auto hauler, to Jack Cooper Transport Co. for $135 million. Cooper already is the nation’s largest auto hauler, but its pending acquisition of Allied means it will have a position of dominance not seen since Allied’s prime. Cooper’s management said it expects growth in conjunction with expanding U.S....

Know Your History To Make More History: The Battle For Our Contract Rights

We have a legal right to a fair and informed vote on our national contracts. But our rights have not come without Teamsters for a Democratic Union taking on big battles.  Here is a summary of some key legal – and membership – victories involving our rights in national Teamster contracts. We Won the Right to a Fair and Informed Vote Bauman v Presser.  This case set a precedent for a “fair and informed” vote. ...
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Carhaulers are in the Dark: National Contract Expires May 31

Teamster carhaulers are being kept in the dark about negotiations as the contract expiration date of May 31 fast approaches. The IBT Carhaul Division, headed by Kevin Moore and Roy Gross of Detroit Local 299, has not communicated any plans or asked local unions to hold proposal meetings.

Rome On Trial: Aloise Hearing Begins Today

The hearing of disgraced IBT Vice President President Rome Aloise before Judge Barbara Jones begins today. Aloise has been found guilty by more independent Election Supervisors and anti-corruption officers than any other Teamster official. Rome’s latest hearing on racketeering and other charges may well be his last.  

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