Teamsters Announce National Carhaul Contract

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The Teamsters announced a tentative contract agreement with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division covering about 6,000 workers, including two of the largest auto and light truck carriers.

The Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry negotiating committee didn’t disclose any details, including the length or terms of the deal that now will be reviewed by affected local union officials before it is put to a membership vote. The union’s statement also didn’t give the timing for either of the contract ratification steps.

Teamsters haul vehicles for Jack Cooper Holdings and Cassens Transport, which rank Nos. 43 and 74, respectively, on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada. Workers at JHT Holdings, which hauls new heavy trucks to dealers, also are part of the talks.

“The negotiating committee addressed the major issues, and that is reflected in this tentative agreement,” said a statement from Kevin Moore, director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division.

“Our goal was to reach an agreement that provides our carhaul members with job security, protects their benefits and makes sure they are fairly paid for the hard work they do,” said Roy Gross, Assistant Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division.

Contract talks began June 10 against the backdrop of fast-rising auto sales and increasing nonunion competition, management negotiators said.