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Teamsters carhaul agreement.

Teamsters carhaul agreement

Negotiators for the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division and the Teamsters' National Automobile Transporters industry negotiating committee reached agreement on a 4-year labor contract covering some 16,000 drivers, mechanics, and clerical workers employed by carhaul firms nationwide.

Agreement didn't come easily between the union and carhaul companies, which transport new automobiles from factories to car dealers' showrooms: The settlement followed 15 months of negotiations and two contract rejections before the two sides approved a final version.

Key issues included wages, grievance procedures, and work preservation issues. One such work preservation issue is "double breasting," a tactic that firms represented by the Teamsters use to establish nonunion subsidiaries to do shift work usually performed by Teamsters members. These subsidiaries allegedly pay lower wages and benefits than do the parent companies.

The new agreement calls for preservation of work performed traditionally by Teamsters members. Terms include a prohibition of any future double breasting; a limit on the number of employees who now work for doublebreasted subsidiaries that are not represented by a union; a prohibition by parent companies and subsidiaries of any attempt to evade traditional Teamsters work; and expedited grievance procedures for double-breasting disputes, including a 60-day arbitration procedure and the right to strike to enforce an arbitrator's award.

New Teamsters President Ron Carey became involved in negotiations personally, making the settlement the first major test of his ability to deliver on his campaign pledge to improve the lot of Teamsters members with better contracts. The Teamsters also used a new corporate-wide publicity campaign against Ryder System, the largest carhaul company in the country, to take the union's case to the public.

Increases over the term of the contract total $1.60 in hourly wage rates, 6 percent in certain transportation rates, and up to 13 cents per mile in various mileage rates; annual cost-of-living adjustment payments equal to 1 cent per hour for each full 0.3-point increase in the Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers over 5 percent for the previous year; and an $18 increase per employee in employers' weekly contributions to health, welfare, and pension funds retroactive to June 1, 1991, with additional $12 increases June 1, 1992 and 1993, and an increase in June 1994 to match any 1994 increase negotiated under the Teamsters' National Master Freight Agreement.

The union defeated attempts by the companies to impose a two-tier wage system; bargain with local unions to negotiate concessions; and require employees to participate in company- sponsored employee stock ownership plans.

"Developments in Industrial Relations" is prepared by Michael H. Cimini and Susan L. Behrmann of the Division of Developments in Labor-Management Relations, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is based largely on information from secondary sources.
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Title Annotation:National Automobile Transporters Labor Division, Teamsters' National Automobile Transporters
Author:Cimini, Michael H.; Behrmann, Susan L.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1992
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