April 9, 1998 |
Members of the Teamsters ratified a new five-year contract with the nation's long-haul trucking companies, the union and an industry association said. The contract, approved by 70% of the voting members, features pension and benefit improvements, a $750 bonus in the first year, and 35-cents-an-hour wage increases over the next four years--so that senior drivers will make $19.86 an hour by the final year.
June 12, 2008 |
Performance Transportation Services Inc., the new-car hauler struck Monday by the Teamsters union, said it had lost customers and was "on a quick path to death." The company controlled by billionaire Ron Burkle, the second-largest hauler of new vehicles in the U.S., issued the warning in a court filing Tuesday. It said that none of its workers had crossed picket lines and that it was not hiring replacement drivers. The stakes are high as well for the Teamsters, which called the strike after the company won U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval to cut worker pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1987
It seems that no matter what the labor movement does these days, it has no short supply of naysayers--even among those who claim to support labor's goals. Harold Meyerson's article criticizing the reaffiliation of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with the AFL-CIO is a prime example (Op-Ed Page, Nov. 13). Meyerson seems to attribute the bulk of labor's problems to its poor ranking in one public opinion poll and claims that the Teamsters' reaffiliation will do little to improve the image of the movement.
January 12, 2000 |
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa unveiled a plan to rid his 1.4-million-member union of any organized crime elements in an attempt to end more than a decade of federal supervision. The strategy calls for the union to complete by next year a report on any organized crime influence and move toward rooting out corruption. It also calls for creation of a conduct code, an ethics board and an internal system to punish abuses. Hoffa announced the plan at a meeting of union council leaders in Chicago.
March 7, 1998 |
Unionized Anheuser-Busch workers in contract talks with their employer say they are prepared to strike as early as next week if the negotiations collapse. Eyeing a Sunday evening deadline for the talks, scores of employees at the brewer's sprawling Van Nuys plant walked a makeshift picket line Thursday, with many carrying signs saying they were "just practicing." But a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 896 said the workers were ready for a real work stoppage.
April 28, 1989 |
The Teamsters executive board, which only a month ago agreed to a sweeping settlement of a racketeering suit designed to fight criminal elements in the union, has appointed a new member who has two prior convictions for federal labor law violations. George Vitale, 60, president of Teamsters Union Local 283 in Detroit, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the 18-member board at a meeting this week in Palm Springs. In October, 1972, Vitale pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of accepting $500 from Sanron Service Co., a Detroit company whose workers were represented by Vitale's local, in violation of the Taft-Hartley Act. He was fined $2,000 and given two years probation.