Teamsters overwhelmingly approved a new national trucking contract, giving the pact a margin of more than 50,000 votes.
The union reached tentative agreement with Trucking Management, Inc. on April 28, ending a three-week strike.The agreement was presented for rank-and-file consideration without a formal recommendation from union leaders on whether it should be approved. The four-week mail balloting resulted in 67,784 votes for the agreement and 15,729 against, the union said Sunday after counting the votes over the weekend.
"Our members have stopped the trucking companies from shifting good full-time jobs to low-paid part-time jobs," Teamsters President Ron Carey said Sunday. "This overwhelming vote shows that our members are proud of what they've won for themselves, their communities and for future generations."
Arthur H. Bunte Jr., president of the trucking company association that negotiated the agreement on behalf of 22 member companies, said he was "very pleased" with ratification.
"With the new contract in place, these carriers can now concentrate on regaining pre-strike business and attracting new customers," said Bunte. "By allowing the carriers to improve customer service, the new contract will help build a more secure future for the companies and their employees."