Teamsters Announces Deal With GM Carhaulers

December 21, 2009

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Leaders of the Teamsters union negotiated a deal with GM to protect existing Teamsters who do carhaul work for the manufacturer. The two plan to discuss future carhaul work.

Earlier this month, Teamsters released a report, claiming that Fiat-Chrysler and GM's use of cut-rate carhaul companies is threatening consumer confidence and public safety. The report says that these carhaul companies, which are not unionized, use "inexperienced drivers using inappropriate equipment and methods that endanger the vehicles they are delivering to unsuspecting car buyers."

With the recent victory, the union has suspended its campaign to save Teamster jobs in the carhaul industry at GM, with the expectation that a final settlement will be reached in the immediate future.

"This is a significant development, but more discussions need to occur to make sure more work at GM is done by Teamster carhaulers," said Fred Zuckerman, director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division.

However, the union has not achieved the same progress at Chrysler and Toyota, as Chrysler is not willing to discuss the issue and Toyota is threatening to transfer the work to non-union carriers.

"I also want to thank all the Teamster carhaulers and Teamster members who have helped this campaign," Zuckerman said. "We are making progress but our work is not done."

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