February 21, 2008: TDU asked carhaul Teamsters what they thought we should to protect the standards in our master contract.
We heard from over 100 concerned members and stewards.
Here’s what members had to say.
“The economy is bad and the carhaul industry isn’t doing well. But the Big Three positioned themselves to do better with the new UAW contract. By mid 2009, things could be picking up and there will be plenty of cars to haul. Getting a two-year contract now could put us in good shape to make gains in 2010 when the auto industry comes out of this downturn.”
Tom Morrow, Allied, Local 79, Tampa, Fla.
“Thanks to TDU for giving us the heads up about the Jan. 15 deadline for submitting proposals. We were able to raise issues pertaining to Teamsters working in rail loading, gate and yard operations. What good is a long contract if it keeps givebacks in place for four or five years? A two-year contract is the way to go this round.”
Mike McGee, Auto Releasing/Cassens, Local 325, Rockford, Ill.
“A two-year contract will work until the dark cloud over Allied is lifted.”
James Horvat, Allied, Local 512, Jacksonville, Fla.
“A two-year deal sounds better than getting strapped with a four or five year contract that keeps our wage cuts in billionaire Ron Burkle’s pockets.”
Rick Clepper, PTS, Local 657, San Antonio
“I applaud the proposal for a two-year contract. After that time there will be an even playing field. I’m happy to see some flexibility in the interest of keeping the union strong. Good job.”
Maryann Borden, PTS, Local 651, Lexington, Ky.
“Allied just keeps trying and trying to get a little more all the time! It’s time for a change, time to start fighting back. Let’s all stand together and start doing something about this contract. Let’s hold the union accountable. It’s time they start working for us again!”
Tim Krueger, Allied, Local 89, Bowling Green, Ky.
What do you think our union should do to protect our national contract and hold the line against concessions?
We want to hear from you. Contact Teamsters for a Democratic Union at (313) 842-2600, email info [at] tdu.org, or go online to www.tdu.org.