The preliminary agreement contains significant economic and language improvements for membership, as well as creative tools for companies to increase their market share, expand into new areas and improve service, while protecting and improving jobs, seniority, working conditions and pay opportunities for membership (for more information, see the interior). The commission also rejected many efforts by companies to impose co-country health premiums and other givebacks. The interim agreement contains many improvements, including: over the past ten years, YRCW`s operating companies have implemented a series of MoUs that contained significant economic concessions necessary to enable the company to survive. At the beginning of the negotiations, the trade union committee noted not only the tendency to grant concessions, but also the need to move away from the structure of the agreement and return to a traditional NMFA contractual structure. The members have not had a new contract for almost a decade. The interim agreement succeeds, restores the traditional contract structure and provides for significant economic and non-economic improvements for The Teamsters. This situation has not been easy, as YRCW companies are still facing financial difficulties, need to improve equipment and must try to regain market share. “The negotiations have been very difficult and complex, but we strongly believe that we have negotiated an agreement that will protect the livelihoods of our members over the next five years,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters` National Labour Force Division. “Every member of our negotiating committee believes that YRCW companies cannot afford more money than is included in this preliminary agreement and that there is not a penny left to be gained. We have put the company at the absolute limit. Soehl said the union committee had worked very hard and had dug into the smaller ones to maximize business, finances and maximize protection and benefits for members. At the end of the day, each member of the negotiating committee supports and recommends this interim agreement. Voting is done through the electoral system of BallotPoint`s electoral services.
In the mailed package, members will find the agreement and a summary of the highlights, including questions and answers. But instead of a postal vote, members will find an individual passcode and simple instructions on how to use the passcode to vote over the phone or over the internet. Over the past four years, the Union of Teamsters has used BallotPoint extensively to provide contract advice, including the recent elections of ABF Freight, UPS, UPS Freight and Costco.