August 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The Teamsters union announced Aug. 5 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement covering more than 6,000 workers in the car-hauling industry.
The proposed five-year deal with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division would give truck drivers and maintenance workers raises of 1.2% to 1.4%, sustain their health and pension benefits, and include some limitations on companies moving work to nonunion subsidiaries. “In my opinion this is the best money we’re able to get,” said Kevin Moore, director of the Teamsters’ Carhaul Division. The contract would be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2015, when the old contract expired. Teamsters members overwhelmingly rejected a previous proposal last fall. Voting on ratification will begin around Aug. 22, and the ballots will be counted Sept. 15. If members ratify the deal, they’ll get a $1,000 retroactive payment. If they don’t, they will also be voting on whether to authorize a strike. Read more