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TEAMSTERS AT TFORCE FREIGHT RATIFY NATIONAL AGREEMENT
Jul 31, 2023

TEAMSTERS AT TFORCE FREIGHT RATIFY NATIONAL AGREEMENT

7/31/2023- New Contract Protecting Nearly 8,000 Workers Overwhelmingly Approved

Teamsters have overwhelmingly ratified a new national contract at TForce Freight by 81%. The five-year master agreement provides members with significant improvements to wages and benefits, and safeguards against subcontracting and technology. The agreement covers approximately 7,800 Teamsters at 126 local unions throughout the U.S. Of the 15 TForce Teamsters Local 492 members eligible to vote, 10 voted in the Agreement and voted 3 no (77%). Teamsters voted in-person last week and ballots were counted on Sunday.

Click Here to View the 2023-2028 TForce Freight Master Tenetative Agreement Changes Full FINAL

“Teamsters at TForce have set a powerful example of how to take on the employer and win a strong agreement. Over the next five years, TForce workers will continue to establish better standards for freight under this contract, including the most lucrative economic package in the industry and vital protections for technology, pension, health care, and safety,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President and Chair of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC).

The agreement will go into effect August 1, 2023, and expire July 31, 2028. Contract highlights include:

• Wage Increases: The highest wage increases in the history of the national contract. Full-time local cartage and clerks will receive increases of $4.50 per hour over the life of the agreement. Road drivers will receive industry-leading increases to their current mileage rate over the length of the deal, starting at $0.7557 in August 2023 and increasing to $0.8257 by January 2028. The agreement eliminates split wage increases and two-tier wages.

• Health, Welfare, and Pension Contributions: TForce is required to increase its contributions to health, welfare, and pension plans. These contributions will provide vital support for members' health care and retirement needs.

• Technology Safeguards: The agreement includes provisions to safeguard members' rights and well-being from invasive technology. It prevents discipline from cameras and prohibits the use of robots, driverless vehicles, drones, or other technology to move freight or replace drivers, clerks, or dockworkers.

• Additional Holiday: Martin Luther King Day has been added as a paid holiday.

Safety: All newly purchased equipment and vehicles must have air conditioning.

• Discretionary Days and Vacation: Starting January 1, 2024, two additional discretionary days will be added to the contractual floor, increasing the minimum number of paid days from four to six. There will be no blackout dates.

• Work Rule Protections: Shuttle and drayage work will not count towards the guarantee covered under the agreement. Road drivers will only perform road work and cannot work the docks except for the current mini-hub operations. TForce must have approval from the Teamsters for any other expansion of mini-hub operations.

• Protections Against Subcontracting: Road drivers would be protected against subcontracting. Penalties have been put in place to ensure rail and subcontracting come back into the bargaining unit.

“Our members at TForce have spoken loud and clear, and they overwhelmingly agree this new contract will deliver massive economic gains and non-economic improvements,” said John A. Murphy, Teamsters National Freight Director and TNFINC Co-Chair. “The entire union thanks our lead negotiators Kris Taylor and Ed Thompson and the full negotiating team for their efforts to bargain an industry-defining agreement. Most of all, we thank the tireless and dedicated rank-and-filers who served on the negotiating committee to improve the lives of their fellow Teamsters at TForce."

TEAMSTER LEADERS UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSE TFORCE FREIGHT TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

7/24/2023- Teamsters local leaders unanimously endorsed the new tentative agreement between the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and TForce Freight on Monday. The contract, which will go to the membership for ratification, boosts wages, improves benefits, and protects Teamster jobs with no givebacks to TForce.

Tentative Agreement Highlights Flyer

2023-2028 TForce Freight Master Tenetative Agreement Changes Full FINAL

IBT Video Link of  IBT Kris Taylor explaining the TForce Freight Tentative Agreement

“We have forged a bold path forward with this new agreement. The gains achieved over the next five years by our members at TForce will pave the way for the entire freight industry,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President and TNFINC Chair. “Teamsters have again demonstrated that our tenacious, fighting spirit is the key to securing the best contracts.”

Upon approval, the agreement will go into effect August 1, 2023, and expire July 31, 2028.

Contract highlights include:

• Wage Increases: The highest wage increases in the history of the Teamsters’ national freight contract. Full-time local cartage and clerks will receive increases of $4.50 per hour over the life of the agreement. Road drivers will receive industry-leading increases to their current mileage rate over the length of the deal, starting at $0.7557 in August 2023 and increasing to $0.8257 by January 2028. The agreement eliminates split wage increases and two-tier wages.

• Health, Welfare, and Pension Contributions: TForce is required to increase its contributions to health, welfare, and pension plans. These contributions will provide vital support for members’ health care and retirement needs.

• Additional Holiday: Martin Luther King Day has been added as a paid holiday. 

• Discretionary Days and Vacation: Starting January 1, 2024, two additional discretionary days will be added to the contractual minimum, increasing the minimum number of paid days from four to six. There will be no blackout dates. 

• Safety: All newly purchased equipment and vehicles must have air conditioning.

• Technology Safeguards: The agreement includes provisions to safeguard members’ rights and well-being from invasive technology. It prevents discipline from cameras and prohibits the use of robots, driverless vehicles, drones, or other technology to move freight or replace drivers, clerks, or dockworkers.

• Work Rule Protections: Shuttle and drayage work will not count towards the guarantee covered under the agreement. Road drivers will only perform road work and cannot work the docks except for the current mini-hub operations. TForce must have approval from the Teamsters for any other expansion of mini-hub operations.

• Protections Against Subcontracting: Road drivers would be protected against subcontracting. Penalties have been put in place to assure rail and subcontracting come back into the bargaining unit.

“Months of hard work and commitment have paid off, resulting in a comprehensive agreement that addresses our members’ top priorities and delivers substantial economic gains and non-economic enhancements to benefit every Teamster at TForce,” said John A. Murphy, Teamsters National Freight Director and TNFINC Co-Chair. “I applaud our lead negotiators Kris Taylor and Ed Thompson and the entire negotiating team, especially our seven dedicated rank-and-file members on the committee.”


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Teamsters Local 492
4269 Balloon Park Road NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
  505-344-1925

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