Friday, September 14, 2012
Truck Drivers Ratify First Contract With Local 325
Thirty New Members Overwhelmingly Vote for Teamster Representation

Teamsters Local 325 welcomed 30 new truck drivers in an organizing victory this summer and expeditiously secured the first union contract for workers at Michigan-based Martin Transportation Systems.

After just one driver reached out to Local 325 seeking representation earlier this year, the new bargaining overwhelmingly voted 27-2 within weeks for Teamster Power. By Aug. 1, Local 325’s newest members ratified their first contract at Martin’s dispatch center in suburban Belvidere. The two-year deal secures wages increases, retirement plans and reduced health and welfare costs for all members.

“The election and contract ratification for the hardworking drivers at Martin was as seamless as any local union could ask for,” said Richard Thompson, Local 325 Secretary-Treasurer. “Local 325 is proud to welcome each and every one of our new members and we tip our caps to their solidarity and drive to do what’s right for their families.”

In addition to higher wages each year of the contract, Local 325 helped members negotiate holiday and vacation pay, new work guarantees, increased employer contributions to worker 401(k) plans and improved bidding and seniority rights. The contract also includes reduced health and welfare costs, which are expected to save single and family-plan contributors as much as $3,600 per year.

Following the expiration of the current two-year deal, rights and protections for Martin’s Belvidere-based workers will be negotiated into a new master agreement with other regional units already under contract. Teamsters Local 20 in Toledo, Ohio and Teamsters Local 406 in Grand Rapids, Mich. represent additional truck drivers with the company.

Teamsters Local 325 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America's premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.

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