Ferguson Warehouse Contract Negotiations Near Completion

Teamsters Present Initial Economic Proposals, Wrap Up All Non-Economics

The Teamsters Local 710 Bargaining Committee for the Ferguson Warehouse contract met again Friday to progress through negotiations. They are bargaining for their first Local 710 contract with their employer.

All non-economic issues have been wrapped up. Both parties have reached a conceptual agreement on all of those outstanding issues. Counsel for Local 710 is drafting the contract language for that in preparation for the next bargaining session.

The Local 710 team also presented their initial economic proposal, which included wage increases plus 401(k) contributions and health and welfare benefits that mirror those already enjoyed by their fellow members under the existing driver contract.

We’re fighting to ensure our new warehouse members receive many benefits that we have previously bargained for the drivers while tailoring the contract to their specific needs. One of our goals is to create strong unity and solidarity not just among the warehouse, but among the entire bargaining unit that includes the drivers as well.

Bernie Sherlock
Local 710 Business Agent

Negotiations are scheduled to continue July 26, and it is the Union’s goal to reach a complete tentative agreement by the end of that session. Any questions may be directed to bargaining committee members Tomas Quinones and Tommy Reith or Local 710 Business Agent Bernie Sherlock at (773) 254-3200.

The 29 warehouse employees at Ferguson handle the distribution and fabrication of plumbing supplies for the greater Chicagoland area. They will be covered under the existing Ferguson driver contract with warehouse-specific provisions detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding.

Teamsters Local 710 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.

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