September 12, 2008: Our solidarity and our No vote stopped disastrous concessions, but the companies are coming back after us at the Sept. 16-19 negotiations.
International Union officials are planning to use our right to strike as a threat against us, not against the employers. Watch out for: “If you don’t vote Yes, we will put you on strike!”
No one wants a strike (certainly not the employers!). But watch out for the threat.
Our No vote did not mean a strike. It means No Givebacks!
When Allied’s owner Ron Burkle and the International Union officials wanted Allied Teamsters to vote to cut the wages of PTS Teamsters (to help Burkle acquire PTS) they offered a $2,000 per person bonus. “Vote yes, get a check.”
It is possible that we may see the same bait on the hook again. Did Teamsters fight for decades for a good contract to have us sell it out for a bonus?
Our No vote is not for sale for a bonus. It means No Givebacks!
Our solidarity will defeat concessions and win a better contract. You can help.
Let other carhaulers know to beware. Click here to download this article as a flyer you can post and distribute.
Speak up at union meetings and in your terminal.
Tell them No Givebacks. Order No Givebacks stickers from TDU.