January 9, 2014: The YRCW contract extension has gone down to defeat. What’s next?
The company has hinted that it could be bankruptcy, and we sincerely hope for the sake of 26,000 Teamsters, their families and their communities that they will not take that route.
The International Union should step up to the plate and bargain immediately with YRCW, while simultaneously dealing with the banks to save Teamster jobs without completely gutting the contract. There is no time to lose.
Teamsters at YRCW may accept an extension. They may accept some changes that they don’t like. But they did not accept a complete giveaway, with no bargaining by their own union.
It’s time for Hoffa and Hall to take some responsibility. Freight Director Tyson Johnson says he never bargained with the company over the proposed extension. What was he doing when he met with them?
26,000 Teamsters jobs in the heart of Teamster power are on the line. It’s time to forget politics and looking out for Harry Wilson’s million dollar fees, and get to work saving Teamster jobs.
Here are the local-by-local votes counts; this list will be updated.