The national carhaul contract expired 195 days ago, and Hoffa has not done a thing to win a fair contract. In October – five months ago – carhaulers voted No by 84%. That’s solidarity. That’s Teamster power.
It’s time for carhaulers and local unions to demand that Hoffa and his Carhaul Division, get out of the employers’ back pocket and negotiate an acceptable contract that protects jobs, benefits and has no concessions.
In a record-setting auto economy, even Hoffa should be able to do that!
Ford and GM are making record profits, and auto sales are breaking records. If Hoffa can't negotiate a contract without concessions now, he should get out of the way for leaders who can.
Hoffa’s afraid of Teamster power, so that 195 days just keeps growing. He hopes carhaulers will get so tired of waiting they will accept concessions. That’s not going to happen.
As Fred Zuckerman, president of Local 89, the largest carhaul local, said –
“Hoffa says we divide the union, because we voted No. Are you kidding me? If Hoffa had his way, there never would be a vote, just an affirmation to the employers to take whatever they want. We’re uniting Teamsters to take on the employers! That’s what Teamsters United is all about.”