Freight Teamsters Fight Givebacks

January 18, 2008: As ballots arrive on a concessionary contract, Freight2008.org is answering misleading IBT PR by providing Freight Teamsters with the facts.

The Hoffa administration has put its PR machine in overdrive—selling the concessionary freight contract with outright lies.

One Freight Update put out by the International Union claims that ABF management wants members to reject the contract. The bulletin was a cynical ploy to get ABF Teamsters to “stand up to ABF” by voting for concessions!

Another Freight Update claims to “Set the Record Straight” on utility employees. In it, the International Union claims that utility employees “will handle next-day and second-day freight exclusively.”

This directly contradicts the proposed contract which clearly states that, “The Utility Employee shall work across all classifications as assigned and as necessary to meet business needs, and there shall be no restrictions on the type of freight or work handled.”

This is a major concession that threatens to undermine Teamster job classifications and work rules—and reduce jobs.

The Freight2008 website is providing factual bulletins that cut through the sales job and give members the straight story on the concessions.

The goal is to help working Teamsters cast an informed vote and defend union standards in the freight industry. Ballots are arriving at members’ homes now and must be returned by February 8.

The current freight agreement does not expire for three months. There is still plenty of time to send for our union to negotiate improvements that will protect our jobs and our union standards.

Click here to download informational bulletins and Vote No leaflets from www.freight2008.org


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