• FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

    New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc. November 21, 2017 Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, […]

  • No Independence Day for Charlie Brown and Selland Auto Transport

    Decert vote remains blocked as Selland continues to violate the law

    June 30, 2017

    As Independence Day rapidly approaches and Americans prepare to celebrate their freedom, employees at Selland Auto Transport remain locked in battle with an employer that acts like it is above the laws of this great nation. Even though freedom to assemble is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, Selland Auto Transport and its President, Charlie Brown, seem to believe that their own personal beliefs and hatred of Unions trump what rights the Founding Fathers saw fit to give to all Americans.

    After more than two years of negotiations – negotiations in which the Teamsters have proposed significant upgrades to wages, benefits and working conditions, while the Company has refused to bargain in good faith and has received numerous rulings against it from the National Labor Relations Board – Selland employees who voted in December of 2014 to join the Teamsters are still demanding a first contract.

  • Selland Auto Transport Learns a $36,000 Lesson in What Happens When You Mess with the Teamsters

    Illegally Fired Mechanics Reinstated with Back Pay After Teamsters Intervene

    May 30, 2017

    When Bill Adams received notice from his employer telling him he didn’t have a job anymore, the last thing he expected was for his story to end with a more than $11,000 payday and a new job somewhere even better. But because of the Teamsters Union, that is exactly what happened.

    Adams, who had been a mechanic at carhaul company Selland Auto Transport for 12 years, was called into the shop manager’s office on December 6, 2016 along with two of his coworkers and told that it was their last day of work. “My stomach just dropped right out of me,” Adams said. “I was totally caught off guard that this was happening.”

    Former Selland Auto Transport mechanic Bill Adams

  • Teamster Carhaul Members Ratify National Contract, Regional Agreement

    March 30, 2017

    Workers’ Top-Tier Benefits Are Protected Under Five-Year Contract

    (WASHINGTON) – Teamster carhaul members ratified a new national auto transporters contract and a regional agreement today which will maintain and protect health, welfare and pension benefits through May of 2021 and provide annual wage increases. The national contract was ratified by a margin of over 86 percent, and the Central Southern supplement was also ratified by 84 percent. Voting took place over the past three weeks and ballots were counted today.

  • Leaders of Carhaul Local Unions Overwhelmingly Endorse Tentative Agreement

    February 16, 2017

    Leaders of Carhaul local unions from across the country overwhelmingly endorsed a new tentative National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) today in Detroit, paving the way for members to vote on the contract.

    Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out to members on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30. Local unions will conduct informational meetings leading up to the March 10 mailing date.

  • Carhaul Local Union Leaders to Review Tentative Agreement on February 16

    January 30, 2017

    Leaders of local unions that represent Teamster carhaul members will meet on Thursday, February 16 to review the tentative carhaul agreement and supplements.

    The meeting will take place in Detroit. If local union leaders agree to endorse the tentative agreement and supplements, it will go to carhaul members for a ratification vote.

  • Short and Sweet: One-day Strikes at OMA and Selland Get the Job Done

    January 10, 2017

    Just before five o’clock in the morning on October 20, 2016, in the cold pre-dawn darkness, a canopy was raised next to a construction yard in Seattle to protect the people underneath it from the driving rain. A burn barrel with the numbers “174” carved into it was filled with wood and set on fire. Someone had brought hot coffee, someone else had brought doughnuts, and everyone wished they had remembered their long underwear. The Teamsters Local 174 semi truck was parked across the street, and out of it came dozens of signs nailed to wooden stakes. The signs, which had been assembled the prior day, read “On Strike – O.M.A Unfair Labor Practice.” Teamsters Local 174 was going out on strike.