The wrongful termination grievance filed by Teamsters Local 710 against Classic Party Rental was heard Wednesday, January 13 at the Joint Grievance Committee Panel.
Local 710 was not able to come to an agreement with the company regarding the termination of 35 employees who work out of the McCook, Ill. facility. The grievance will move on to arbitration.
Local 710 held by our position that the employer did not give our members adequate time to provide the documentation they required.
We will not back down. We will continue to fight to have our members reinstated.
John T. Coli
Trustee of Loal 710
Classic Party did not give members enough time to verify their employment, resulting in the termination of nearly 30 percent of their workforce last month. Attorneys from both parties are currently striking arbitrators, after which a date will be scheduled to hear the grievance.
Negotiations Scheduled to Begin January 27
Negotiations for the new contract with Classic Party Rental are scheduled to begin Wednesday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. The current five-year agreement is set to expire in February 2016.
The bargaining committee will consist of Union Steward Jesus Popoca, Business Agent Roger Kelley, in-house attorney Rupa Baskaran and outside counsel from Illinois Advocates and Willig, Williams and Davidson.
Local 710 will be joined by Eduardo Farrera from the Joint Council to assist with negotiations. Farrera will serve as acting agent and bilingual liaison to report back to the membership as negotiations progress.
Teamsters Local 710 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.