Can We Defend the National Contract?

April 10, 2009: We believe we can, even in these difficult times.

But carhaulers need a national plan and national leadership.

It may not be realistic to shut the door on all concessions because of the situation that we, and the companies, find ourselves in. If concessions are given, there needs to be a plan to survive the present and build union strength for the future. Part of any concessions should be a plan to protect union jobs, and a plan for a snap-back provision when the economic situation improves.

Instead we have Hoffa and other IBT leaders taking raises for themselves while they sit back and let companies break up our national contracts and destroy our jobs.

There has never been a time when a national plan of action from our union leadership has been so important. Tough times call for tough leadership.

Giving concessions on a terminal-by-terminal basis, with Teamster pitted against Teamster, while the union leadership hides in Washington—that is the opposite of leadership. That is the failure of the Hoffa administration.

Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

Carhaul Teamsters United for a Good Contract

The carhaul national master agreement expires on May 31, with no word yet from the International Union on plans, union demands, or even proposal meetings for membership input.  

Labor Rallies Behind the PRO Act

Congress is debating legislation that bans “right to work” laws and makes it easier for workers to organize by ending employer interference and intimidation in union drives. The PRO Act stands for Protect the Right to Organize and labor is uniting to win its passage.

View More News Posts