car haulers have voted to authorize a strike if the management of
car-hauling companies and the union are not able to reach an agreement
by May 31, the current agreement's expiration date, according to
a statement from the Teamsters.
percent of the union’s members voted in favor of the action. The
potential strike includes only Teamster drivers who transport new
motor vehicles to dealerships.
members have said, loudly and clearly, that they will not tolerate
further delaying tactics on the part of the employers,” General
President Jim Hoffa said in a statement. Hoffa also acts as chairman
of the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Negotiating Committee.
“Management must recognize that its continued demand for concessions
is a nonstarter.”
Teamster statement said: “From Day One, the car-haul carriers have
sought givebacks in health care and new-hire rates, while turning
a deaf ear toward union proposals aimed at improving operating efficiencies,
attracting new work and enhancing job security.”
meet the May 31 contract deadline, the negotiating committee worked
throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The negotiations have been
complicated by a decision by the Teamster’s largest car-haul employer,
Allied Automotive Group, to withdraw from the Employers Association
and its insistence on separate negotiations.
one wants a strike, but management’s continued intransigence has
forced us to consider this as a very real possibility,” C.B. “Doc”
Conder, co-chairman of the negotiating committee, said.
said, “Our members must take the necessary steps to prepare their
families should a job action become necessary.”