USF Reddaway workers, represented by Teamsters Local 631 in Las Vegas, have unanimously ratified their first contract which provides excellent benefits and a grievance procedure, among other improvements. There are 45 workers in the bargaining unit.
The drivers and dockworkers unanimously ratified the contract on March 23, 2014. Earlier, the workers joined Local 631 through a card-check neutrality agreement that had been negotiated by the Teamsters with USF Reddaway. The Las Vegas location is the 17th organized under the Western Reddaway Area Agreement. Another recent Reddaway victory was in Fontana, California.
“We welcomed the Reddaway workers in late December and now we have negotiated a strong Teamster contract,” said Tommy Blitsch, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 631 in Las Vegas. “We look forward to providing top-notch representation to the Reddaway workers.”
The Reddaway contract negotiations were headed up by Bob Paffenroth of the International Union’s Freight Division and Local 631 Business Agent Randy Botzet. Highlights of the contract include:
- Health and welfare benefits paid by the company;
- Company contributions to a 401(k) plan;
- A strong grievance procedure, and
- A seat at the table for the ongoing discussions between YRC and the union about the company’s future.
Local 631 has been busy with other campaigns. On February 28, 2014 workers at Baker Commodities, a provider of rendering and grease removal services, ratified their first contract. The nine drivers, plant workers, mechanics and plumbers joined Local 631 in August 2013, according to Local 631 Organizer Tom Corey.
In October 2013, workers at Darling International, another rendering company, unanimously approved a three-year agreement, Corey said. The workers had previously been Local 631 members and were welcomed back earlier last year. There are nine workers in the bargaining unit.