May 20, 2013: The tentative agreement with ABF will go out to a vote on or about June 3, according to an IBT press release.
You can read the master contract, and the supplemental agreements (below) and review and discuss the issues.
Key changes in the proposed Tentative Agreement include:
- Immediate 7% wage reduction.
- 2% wage increases in the following three years; 2.5% in the last year of 5 year contract.
- Cost of Living clause limited and with 5¢ maximum possible.
- Loss of one week vacation across the board.
- A Memorandum of Agreement to allow subcontracting of road work ("Purchased Transportation") up to 6% of total miles.
- Health & welfare benefits maintained.
- Pension contributions only to the extent required to protect pension benefits (this means zero increases in contributions to the Central States or Western Conference Funds for the next five years). Thus the "up to $1.00" per year in benefits will very likely be 50c for most ABF Teamsters.
- Management may use audio, video, electronic tracking devices to fire employees for "stealing time," without corroboration (Article 26).
- Coffee breaks limited to 10 minutes (Addendum B).
- Working across classifications expanded (Addendum C; and supplements). Drop and hooks, etc.
- Supervisors can handle dock pick-ups if no dock worker is on duty (Article 3).
- Profit sharing bonus if operating ratio gets to 96% or better.
- Local grievance panels eliminated.
There are additional changes in the supplements.
The International Union's highlights brochure points out that health coverage and current pensions were protected, and states that the economic and job concessions are necessary to ensure the health of the company.
Read the agreement. Discuss it with your fellow Teamsters. Cast your vote.