Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Chicago Teamsters Reject YRC Concessions

Local drivers, dockworkers say 'no' a third time to wage, benefit cuts

YRC Worldwide Teamsters in Chicago again rejected wage and benefit cuts approved by the most of the unionized employees at the troubled less-than-truckload company.

It was the third time the YRC drivers and dockworkers were asked to vote on a 15 percent wage cut and 18-month suspension of pension contributions already approved by the majority of union employees at YRC Worldwide’s national and regional companies.

City drivers in Teamsters Local 705 rejected the concessions 234 to 132 Dec. 8, while dockworkers in Local 710 voted them down 337 to 319. Only maintenance workers in Local 710 accepted the cuts, voting to approve them 8 to 4.

The union “is disappointed in the results and will await the company’s response,” Tyson Johnson, international vice president and National Freight director, said in a statement. Full Story.....

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