January 15th, 2018

The Teamsters Union Demonstrates Why Collective Agreements Are Essential

Having a union on your side in the workplace means an improved level of safety for all workers. This month the Teamsters Union proved that once again.

On Jan. 11, it was announced that the Teamsters Union in the United States had won a $1 million settlement on behalf of YRC Freight’s road drivers.

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The collective bargaining agreement with YRC Freight limits the amount of over-the-road freight that can be put on trains or hauled by non-bargaining unit personnel. The Teamsters Union monitors those amounts and after reviewing the situation and convening a meeting of the committee that monitors compliance, it was determined that the company had in fact exceeded the permissible amounts.

“Our YRC members have an agreement that strongly protects bargaining unit work and work opportunities and the company acknowledged that it diverted more freight than what is allowed,” stated Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division in a press release. “We will always seek to hold employers accountable by making sure they abide by our contracts and agreements.”

The company said that the diverted freight had a lot to do with hurricanes Harvey and Irma, however the committee determined that the company still exceeded the maximum road miles that could be hauled on rails and ordered it to pay $1,003,930.00.

YRC Freight will be contacting Teamster local unions to review the lists of drivers who are eligible for the payment.

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Collective agreements are essential in protecting the best interests of all workers across North America. Local 362 manages 100 collective bargaining agreements, which covers 6,800 members across Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Having Local 362 protect your rights through a labour contract is essential to earning fair wages, safe working conditions and so many other key aspects of an employee’s job environment.


One Response

  1. Paula Koval says:

    I am retired and I never worked at a job that was covered by collective bargaining but if you cut me, I bleed union.

    Great job to all who caught this abuse and made the settlement happen.

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