Chicago YRC Teamsters Vote Again on Concessions

January 21, 2010: Chicago YRC Teamsters in Local 705 are voting yet again on concessions; the mail ballots will be counted on January 30.

It’s the third time they’ve voted on the concession package, but this time the proposal does not include the additional 5% wage cut.

The proposed concessions would eliminate YRCW’s pension obligations for 18 months, ending on January 1, 2011, and would keep the present wage rate of 90% of contract scale. Thus the Chicago Teamsters would keep making about $1.16 per hour more than the national rate.

Local 705 Teamsters have argued that if the proposal is to save jobs, then they want work protection language to prevent management from rerouting freight around them. The International refused to take up the issue. The company has indicated they will bring some work back to Chicago and recall some laid off drivers.

Chicago Local 710 dock workers have also rejected the concessions; no word yet on when they will vote again.

Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

Zoom Call for IBT Election Volunteers on Saturday, August 14

TDU will hold a national zoom call on Saturday, Aug. 14 for Teamsters who are volunteering to elect the O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United Slate. Join candidates, campaign coordinators and Teamster activists for an update and to make plans to Get Out the Vote and win this fall. Click here to register. 

Central States Assets Fall – But Relief is Coming!

The assets of the Central States Pension Fund fell to $9.8 billion at the end of March, a drop of $573 million in the first quarter.  The fund projects forward that it will pay $2.83 billion in pension benefits this year, while taking in $651 million in employer contributions.

View More News Posts