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Laredo Con-Way Freight Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters

September 15, 2014

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A little more than 100 truck drivers and warehouse employees at the Con-way Freight terminal in Laredo, Texas have voted to join the Teamsters Union.

The 55-49 decision makes this the first time employees at what is one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload carriers have voted to be represented by the union. The two sides now have to work out a labor agreement.

“This is a great victory for the workers at Con-way and we hope this campaign spreads,” said Frank Perkins, President of San Antonio-based Local 657, which represents the workers. “These workers are seeking fair wages, respect on the job and job security. They also want to have a pension and improved health care coverage.”

Perkins said the Teamsters targeted the location for organizing because Laredo is the busiest inland port in the United States.

The union hopes to score other victories with Con-way workers, with it recently filing for organizing elections at terminals in Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs and San Fernando, California.

 

Comments

  1. 1. Cliff Downing [ September 16, 2014 @ 05:14AM ]

    Talk about going full circle. Con-way got started as a non union arm of the unionized Consolodated Freightways. Many felt this move was to bust up the unionized CF over time, which happened. Now we have Con-way drivers opting for Teamsters union. With the driver shortage even starting to hit the LTL carriers, this ought to prove to me interesting.

  2. 2. Big Yellower [ September 16, 2014 @ 08:38AM ]

    Actually Conway was started as an expedited Experimental LTL Services. It was mostly a 1-3 day service when it started.. The US side of CF died because of old equipment and handshake freight hauling aggrements and selling Freightliner.. Canada CF is the only part left of the ordinal Consoldiated Freightways.. I worked at CWX Conway Western Express before the rebranding.. What I know corp won't allow union since it almost killed the company in mid 1990's.. I would say they their starting pay is higher than most union carriers and has very good benefits and 401k style pension.. It might vary region to region..

  3. 3. bob lester [ September 16, 2014 @ 01:59PM ]

    A drive for abf dont pay for health care I hope many more Conway drivers are tired of paying out the ass for health care just like r and l drivers did that now work for abf

  4. 4. bob lester [ September 16, 2014 @ 02:04PM ]

    Also Conway is a slave farm to work for 2weeks of their bullshit was all I was going to put up with

  5. 5. Gary [ September 29, 2014 @ 07:29AM ]

    Conway going union is the WORST thing they could do. I'm NEVER GOING TO VOTE FOR IT!!!! Many others feel the same at my terminal.
    I have a great wage and why would I want to pay a union and loose money to line their pockets.

  6. 6. jeff [ October 13, 2014 @ 12:06PM ]

    This is not in the best interest of the employee. The Union Pension is grossly underfunded. The union healthcare is higher priced. So the only thing the union brings is more cost and less take home pay with dues. They are not out for the employee but to shore up their dues. Look at the tons of articles citing corruptions in the unions.

  7. 7. Annoymus [ October 23, 2014 @ 07:48PM ]

    Well Gary, what happens when you retire and your wages are no longer there? Have you ever looked at your compensation package after retirement? Do you realize that if you are a family of four that potentially you could pay out $17,600 out of pocket per yea,r every year if everyone in your family required major medical needs. What are you people thinking? You really need to sit down and look at the below poverty income you will be living on when you retire. I guess as long as you don't mind working until the day you die and working day after day for just a paycheck in your pocket every week, you are good.

  8. 8. Annoymus [ October 23, 2014 @ 07:51PM ]

    Well Gary, what happens when you retire and your wages are no longer there? Have you ever looked at your compensation package after retirement? Do you realize that if you are a family of four that potentially you could pay out $17,600 out of pocket per yea,r every year if everyone in your family required major medical needs. What are you people thinking? You really need to sit down and look at the below poverty income you will be living on when you retire. I guess as long as you don't mind working until the day you die and working day after day for just a paycheck in your pocket every week, you are good.

  9. 9. Greg [ October 23, 2014 @ 07:52PM ]

    Well Gary, what happens when you retire and your wages are no longer there? Have you ever looked at your compensation package after retirement? Do you realize that if you are a family of four that potentially you could pay out $17,600 out of pocket per yea,r every year if everyone in your family required major medical needs. What are you people thinking? You really need to sit down and look at the below poverty income you will be living on when you retire. I guess as long as you don't mind working until the day you die and working day after day for just a paycheck in your pocket every week, you are good.

 

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