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National master freight agreement.

National master freight agreement Two weeks before the expiration of their current contract, negotiators for the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee and Trucking Management, Inc., the major employer group involved in national freight trucking negotiations, reached agreement on a 3-year master contract, covering some 160,000 over-the-road and local truckdrivers, and warehouse, office, maintenance, and garage workers nationwide. (The master contract covers economic issues, such as wages, pensions, health care benefits, and certain working conditions, while 31 local supplements-which are negotiated concurrently with the master agreement-cover work rules, local wage rates, and operating conditions.)

The new master contract calls for gains in wages, pensions, and health benefits and improvements in equipment safety standards. Employees will receive a general wage increase of 50 cents an hour retroactive to April 1, 199 1, and wage increases of 45 cents an hour on April I of 1992 and 1993 generated by "guaranteed" cost-of-living adjustment allowances. Mileage-based wage rates for over-the-road drivers would be increased by 3.5 cents over the term of the contract. (At the expiration of the prior contract, hourly paid workers reportedly averaged $15.76 an hour.) In addition, employers' weekly combined health and welfare and pension plans contributions will be increased $18 per employee (to $187.70) effective April 1, 1991, and $12 effective April 1 of 1992 and 1993. (The wage and benefit package reportedly is lower than the United Parcel Service settlement, which had been expected to set the pattern for the master freight agreement.)

The contract calls for enhancements in safety and equipment provisions, including a prohibition against disciplining drivers who refuse to operate equipment because of "a reasonable apprehension of serious injury" to the driver or the public; a requirement that speedometers work "with reasonable accuracy"; a requirement that new road tractors have heated mirrors and city-driven tractors have power steering and air-ride seats; and a moratorium on the purchase of diesel forklifts.

Other terms include 3 weeks of vacation after 8 years of service (previously, 10 years or more); changes in the entry rates for new hires, set at 85 percent of the current rate and advancing to 100 percent after 18 months; improved job security provisions, including extending recall rights for laid-off employees to 5 years (previously, 3 years) and preserving seniority for up to 1 year if a member-driver fails to pass a Federal commercial driver's license test; curbs on employer use of casual employees by requiring the inclusion of vacation replacement hours in the computation of hours used to determine the need for regular employees; continuation of employer health and welfare contributions, up to 12 months, for employees called to active duty by the Reserves or National Guard during periods of war or military conflict; and improvements in owner-operator minimum lease rates.

Two weeks after reaching agreement with Trucking Management, Inc., the Teamsters concluded settlements with Yellow Freight and the two remaining employer associations who are signatories to the National Master Freight Agreement (Regional Carriers, Inc. and the Motor Carriers Labor Advisory Council). These agreements reportedly provided the same wage, benefit, and nonmonetary provisions as the Trucking Management, Inc. accord.
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Title Annotation:Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee and Trucking Management Inc. labor contract agreement
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1991
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