The Teamsters carhaul negotiating committee unanimously endorsed a tentative agreement for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) on August 4. This contract will be retroactive to September 1, 2015 and go through August 31, 2020.
Ballots will be mailed out to members on or about August 22 and are scheduled to be counted on September 15. An information session will be held at Teamsters Local 710 this Sunday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the tentative agreement ahead of the vote. Carhaul National Director Kevin Moore and Assistant Director Roy Gross along with Local 710 Business Agent and member of the national carhaul negotiating committee Anthony Lamy will be running the meeting.
The union successfully negotiated wage increases and maintenance of health benefits provisions late into the term of the contract to better protect members’ earnings and health coverage. If approved, there will be an immediate back-pay settlement of $1,000 to cover the period that has elapsed since the last contract expired in August 2015.
Our members’ top priorities were wage increases and protection of top tier health benefits. We made it clear to the employers that the members would not back down from these issues and were able to
secure a strong tentative agreement that protects our members in the workplace.
Local 710 Business Agent
Wages will increase a total of $1.70 per hour over the life of the agreement, with significant mileage-rate increases. In addition, all current “new business” rates will be increased by 3 percent each year going forward and now be subject to the COLA clause, which was not the case previously.
The union also successfully beat back numerous proposals involving operational changes, including one similar that was rejected by the members in 2015. The National Automobile Transporters Labor Division (NATLD) still wanted the right to utilize Teamster drivers nationally in an on-demand, 24/7 environment, but the union dug in to make sure members’ working conditions and livelihoods were protected.
Local 710 represents nearly 250 carhaulers throughout the Chicagoland area at Cassens and Jack Cooper Transport. The NMATA covers approximately 6,000 Teamsters across the country.
Documents including the full tentative agreement for the 2015-2020 NMATA and summaries are available online at Teamster.org. Questions may be directed to Local 710 Carhaul Business Agent Anthony Lamy and brought to the informational meeting this weekend.
Teamsters Local 710 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.