April 6, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC - Teamster carhaul members have ratified a new national auto transporters contract, the union announced Mar. 30, with more than 86% voting yes.
The five-year deal, which will run through May 2021, will give about 5,000 truckers annual wage increases totaling $1.70 an hour, plus “significant mileage-rate increases” each year and a $1,600 check to cover back pay since the last contract expired in 2015. “The negotiations have been a long and difficult process, but in the end, we negotiated an agreement that met the two top goals of our membership: traditional wage increases and maintaining our members’ top-tier health and pension benefits,” Kevin Moore, director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division, said in a statement. The union called the benefits “an extraordinary achievement in today’s economic climate.” Members in the Central Southern region also ratified a supplemental agreement. Read more