Teamsters Local 243 joins with our fellow UPS Brothers and Sisters across the country in mourning the death of Local 769 Package Car Driver Frank Ordonez. We also send our condolences and the collective prayers of our Union to Brother Ordonez's family.
Local 243 Wins $28,000 “Snow Day” Pay For Members At Durham, Northville
Local 243 Vice President Scott Quenneville (left) and Recording Secretary Phil Turner (right) with some of the Drivers and Monitors from Durham, Northville who collectively received more than $28,000 in snow day pay through the Union's grievance procedure.
Drivers and Monitors at Durham School Services, Northville received an early Christmas gift once the Union won its “snow day” pay grievance resulting in the Company paying more than $28,000 in backpay to the membership.
Durham Northville members were off work a total of seven days due to inclement weather during the 2018-2019 school year. Even though the Company was paid by the District for the seven missed snow days, they refused to pay employees as required by the Union’s contract.
In response, on July 2, 2019 Local 243 filed a class action grievance on behalf of all Drivers and Monitors for the snow day pay. On November 29, 2019 Durham finally agreed to follow the contract and pay employees a total settlement of $28,187.67 for the lost snow days. Each member received their share of this total based upon their hourly rate and the number of hours missed during those seven snow days.
“Snow day pay remains a major issue for our Durham members not just at Northville, but also at Ann Arbor and West Bloomfield,” said Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Neil Pettit. “As this important victory illustrates, Local 243 will use the power of our grievance and arbitration process to enforce our contracts and make sure that members receive every negotiated benefit to which they are entitled.”
Sale of Jack Cooper Finalized — Saving 2,200 Teamster Carhaul Jobs
(WASHINGTON) – The sale of Jack Cooper Transport was finalized today, a move that will protect the livelihoods of about 2,200 Teamsters and their families.
Jack Cooper filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings this past summer due to extremely high debt and declining sales volumes. While Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings are meant to help companies restructure their debts so they can continue operating, they can be risky and in this case thousands of jobs were at risk. However, to make the restructuring possible, Teamster carhaul members at Jack Cooper overwhelmingly approved a Restructuring Term Sheet that facilitated the sale to a company backed by Solus Alternative Asset Management, an existing lender in Jack Cooper’s debt structure. The new company will remain operating as Jack Cooper but have entirely new owners, significantly less debt and less future potential liabilities. READ MORE
Trinity Transportation, Detroit Workers Vote YES To Join Local 243
Victory For Workplace STRENGTH and RESPECT
Drivers, aides and mechanics at Trinity Transportation Detroit's East and West terminals took a major step forward in their fight to improve wages, job security and respect when they voted YES to join Teamsters Local 243.
When the ballots were counted on Friday, October 20th, the workers at Trinity's Greenfield and Mack terminals in Detroit made their voice heard loud and clear, voting by a margin of 170-to-18 (90% support) to join ranks with Teamsters Local 243 to gain a stronger voice in improving their working conditions.
“Teamsters Local 243 congratulates all of the Trinity Transportation workers who made the right decision and voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Teamsters Union,” said Local 243 President Jim "Cinci" Cianciolo. “Moving forward, we look forward to contract negotiations, where these workers will gain the wages and respect they deserve guaranteed in writing.”
Trinity Transportation is a subsidiary of National Express (NEX), one of the largest student transportation providers in the world. The Trinity Transportation drivers, aides/monitors and mechanics are part of a growing trend of Michigan school bus workers who are affiliating with the Teamsters. Last year, over 200 workers at another NEX subsidiary, Durham School Services in Ann Arbor, voted to join Local 243.
Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Neil Pettit said this was a dynamic team effort between Local 243 and the International Union. The IBT dispatched a team of skilled organizers to Detroit to assist with ground activities leading up to the victory and with membership turnout on the day of the Union vote.
"We want to thank the International Union for the solid backing and guidance they gave as part of an ongoing effort to 'Drive Up Standards' for school bus employees here in Michigan and across the country," Pettit said. "Thanks also to Joint Council #43 Organizer Marian Novak for providing expert guidance over the many weeks of this campaign. This was a dynamic team effort and proves, once again, that when Teamsters are united for a common objective, nothing will stop us from securing ultimate victory."
Anthony Clingman works at Trinity Transportation and he’s been a professional driver for over 40 years. Clingman was a Teamster member in a previous job, and that experience motivated him to serve on the organizing committee during the lead up to this representation election.
“I learned a lot from being a Teamster – how to take care of myself, to not just accept things as they are,” Clingman said. “One thing that I’m looking forward to is having more job security once I’m no longer an employee at-will. When we have that, everything else will fall into place.”
Secretary-Treasurer Pettit said the Union will schedule a contract proposals meeting soon to gather information and hear what's on the minds of the workers. Barganing dates will then be scheduld to begin negotiations on their first Teamster contract.
Local 243 members are reminded that if you know a non-union worker who could benefit from the strength and security of a Union contract, call Local 243 today. Members who provide a lead that results in a successful campaign will receive $500.00 for helping expand our Union's membership.
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Teamsters Local 243’s Plymouth Township Office Receives A Contemporary Exterior Facelift
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Fifteen years after its grand opening, Teamsters Local 243’s Plymouth Township Union office, located at 39420 Schoolcraft Road, has received a long-overdue facelift. The building's out-dated red color is gone, replaced by a modern gray giving the building a contemporary monochromatic appearance.
Seaway Painting, a Union employer, was hired for the work. This repainting, approved by the membership in August, 2019, is a necessary maintenance project to replace the previous fading, flaking and peeling paint.
Hey Congress: Pass the “Butch Lewis Act”!
Local 243 Joins Columbus, Ohio Rally To “Save Our Pensions”
Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!
This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people. What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then. Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.