Operating with the same expiration date as UPS, 7,800 Teamsters in 126 local unions who work at TForce Freight approved a new five-year contract.
The contract includes $4.50 in wage increases over the life of the contract, and mileage rate increases to $.8257. The four-year progression has been reduced to two years. A tier system from the 2018 contract that capped new drivers at a lower rate was eliminated.
TForce Teamsters will now have MLK Day as a paid holiday, and two additional discretionary days off.
The rail subcontracting loophole in Article 44 has been closed. All subcontracted loads are governed by the same restrictions whether they are put on the rails or on the road. There can be no layoffs if a rail or road subcontractor is being used.
A new piece of language gives the Teamsters the right to strike if the company refuses to abide by a grievance committee or arbitration decision.
This gives the grievance procedure real teeth to enforce the contract when it comes to subcontracting, for example.