May 29, 2009: When Ramp Management tried to bust our union, members fought back—and now they’re back at work.
Members of Local 325 covered by a yard agreement under the carhaul contract are going back to work with nearly $160,000 in back pay, thanks to a National Labor Board settlement.
In September, 2008, Ramp Management took over the yard and rail work for production out of the Chrysler Belvidere, Ill. plant. The company pointedly stated it would not hire any of the Teamsters who had worked for Auto Releasing.
Members and officers took action. Former BA Russ Hanson and union steward Mike McGee filed a charge with the NLRB.
The NLRB ruling forced the company to rehire the workers with back pay and recognize the existing union contract.
Beating the Union Busters
“I’m proud that my fellow Teamsters stood together and beat back this union busting,” commented McGee, “Ramp Management wasn’t playing fair and we made them pay.” McGee made sure to single out Hanson (a current carhauler) for praise.
McGee added, “The new local officers, the IBT, and the Joint Council are all taking some credit but it was really a couple of brave Teamsters by the names of Ryan Schroeder, and James Sanchez and our former agent who made this victory happen.”
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