Carhaul Tentative Agreement

June 20, 2008: The IBT and carhaul employers have reached a tentative agreement to present to the members.

Reportedly, the “two person” meeting for officers of all carhaul locals will be July 2.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) will post the proposed tentative agreement and all supplements at that time, to provide members a chance to study and discuss it.

The proposed agreement is of three years duration. This could be a problem, because the Allied concession agreement expires in two years, and then (according to the Allied deal) “Upon the expiration of this addendum, the parties will meet to negotiate a transition to the full terms and conditions of the NMATA.” There is no “snap-back” clause to bring Allied up to union scale.

This proposed three-year deal could well mean an extra year of the concessions for Allied Teamsters. A two-year agreement would put all carhaulers on the same page by 2010.

According to verbal reports, the deal contains a two-year wage freeze and a 40¢ per hour increase the third year. There are modifications to Article 48 regarding equalization of traffic, which prevents Teamsters and locals from being played against each other.

As we get more information about the proposed agreement, we will make it available.

The Members Hold the Power

The members will have the final say, and know how to vote no if necessary to save our contract. All active and laid off carhaulers—including those out of work following the PTS closure—will have the right to vote. The vote count will be monitored.

It’s up to members to decide if this is the right deal. We urge everyone to study the contract, discuss it, and cast an informed vote.

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