Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Leaders of Freight Local Unions Overwhelmingly Endorse Tentative Agreement

Contract Delivers Solid Economic Gains for Members

January 8, 2008

Leaders of freight local unions from across the country overwhelmingly endorsed the tentative National Master Freight Agreement on Tuesday, January 8 in Washington, D.C., paving the way for members to vote on the contract later this month. About 300 leaders were in attendance, and all but one voted to recommend ratification.

Ballots will be mailed out to members on January 14 and 15, and members must return their postmarked ballots by Friday, February 8 in order for their votes to count. The current contract expires March 31, 2008.

“While the long-haul trucking industry is operating in a difficult economic environment, this tentative agreement protects existing jobs, maintains a strong wage and benefit package and provides new language allowing growth at the largest carriers,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division and lead negotiator.

The solid economic gains in the five-year agreement include a record $5 per hour increase in health, welfare and pension contributions, wages increases of $2.20 per hour and 5.5 cents per mile over the life of the agreement, retaining the COLA, and improved sick leave.

Local unions will be hosting membership meetings this weekend to inform members about the agreement.

Review the tentative National Master Freight Agreement and Supplements

Original Post On Teamsters Website www.teamster.org/

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