Hertz Equipment Rental (HERC) Teamsters Ratify Strong New 3-Year Contract

January 16, 2018

Local 174 members at Hertz Equipment Rental Corp (HERC) voted overwhelmingly on January 13 to ratify a new 3-year agreement. Local 174 represents 26 heavy equipment rental truck drivers at the company. This new contract comes after several months of negotiating, and a unanimous strike authorization vote on December 16.

Left: Local 174 members at HERC attend their contract demands meeting; right: a piece of equipment delivered by HERC employees works on the Deep Bore Tunnel project in Seattle

The new agreement includes important improvements in HERC employees’ wage and benefit packages. They will see over 11% improvement in their wage and benefit package in the first year of the contract, and over 5% improvements in each of the subsequent years. The agreement also includes a change from a Company medical plan to a superior Teamster medical plan.

There are meaningful quality-of-life improvements in the contract as well, including an additional six days of paid time off each year, and new overtime provisions to allow for double-time pay after 12 hours in a day.

“Once again, Local 174 was able to negotiate an industry-leading contract that our members can be proud of,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “These members fought hard, and delivered a unanimous strike authorization last month. Their steel resolve won them a great contract that they will be enjoying for years to come.”

Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamstersLocal174.