January 24, 2017 3:00 PM, EST

Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal on Car Haulers Contract


The International Brotherhood of Teamsters reached a tentative agreement Jan. 24 with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division on a contract to cover union car haulers.

The negotiating committee didn’t release details of the plan, but the union said in a statement that it fully endorses the settlement.

“It meets the goals of the car-haul members and provides for their long-term job security while protecting members’ benefits and standard of living,” the union wrote.

Local unions will meet in about two weeks to vote.

Union members, who have been working without a contract since September 2015, rejected a five-year proposal last August, voting 55% against the deal. The union also turned down a proposed settlement in 2015.

If approved, the agreement would cover union members who move and maintain trucks that carry new cars from the plants to dealers. The two largest carriers are Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. and Cassens Transport, which rank Nos. 42 and 72, respectively, on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.