Teamsters who work at Standard Forwarding have voted to ratify a new contract that provides for significant hourly and mileage increases, increased benefit contributions and other improvements.
The contract covers about 500 Teamsters at Standard Forwarding, one of the largest regional less-than-truckload carriers in the Upper Midwest.
“This new contract protects our Standard Forwarding members and their families through March 5, 2021 and is retroactive to March 6, 2018,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “I want to thank our committee for negotiating a contract that provides our members with a more secure future.”
Willie Mackey, chief steward at the South Bend, Indiana terminal, said the company and industry have faced challenges in recent years.
“Despite these challenges, the Teamsters negotiating committee got the job done and negotiated a solid contract,” said Mackey, a five-year employee and Local 364 member who is a city driver.
The union negotiated the most significant annual hourly and mileage increases since the company exited bankruptcy and was sold almost a decade ago. Wages will go up by $2.10 per hour and over 5 cents per mile by the end of the three-year contract.
The union also negotiated increased pension contributions and maintained all the superior Teamster health plans valued by the members with no co-pays or compromised benefits.
“I want to thank the Freight Division, all the business agents who served on the committee and the Standard Forwarding members, who were all instrumental in getting this contract negotiated and ratified,” said Bob Warnock III, President of Local 364 in South Bend, Indiana and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee.