Workplace

Teamsters allow Friday voting on YRC contract offer

Updated: 2014-01-24T01:52:02Z

By MARK DAVIS

The Kansas City Star

Drivers’ work schedules have prompted the Teamsters union to allow some members to vote Friday on a new contract proposal from YRC Worldwide Inc., a union notice said.

The union’s roughly 26,000 Teamsters are set to vote Saturday and Sunday at their union locals. Some drivers, however, “are subject to dispatch and will be away from their normal terminals this weekend.”

So the union is providing for voting Friday, according to the notice posted online by an independent Teamsters group, Teamsters for a Democratic Union. YRC also has “promised to delay dispatches” to allow the Friday voting.

Teamsters Local 41 will hold its Friday vote from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., said the local’s president, Vic Terranella.

He said members will be able to watch a DVD from the union describing the revised proposal, and union staff will be available to answer questions.

The Teamsters notice posted online set rules and conditions for handling the sealed early ballots, including opening them only after the Saturday and Sunday voting sessions.

Teamsters who have worked for YRC in the last three years are eligible to vote, the notice said. That includes those currently laid off who have “recall rights,” the notice said. Those members also can vote regardless of whether their dues have been paid, it said.

YRC and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters last week negotiated revisions to the original company proposal that had been rejected by 61 percent of the employees who voted.

Company and union officials both have said passage of the pact, which extends the current contract and adds new concessions, is critical to the Overland Park-based company’s future.

To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com.

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