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Teamsters Local 71
Charlotte, NC Serving Members in North and South Carolina



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UPS Teamsters Central Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania and Local 243/Detroit Metro Supplemental Vote Results

UPS Teamsters covered by the Central Pennsylvania Supplement have ratified the agreement. UPS Teamsters covered by the Western Pennsylvania and Local 243/Metro Detroit supplements have rejected those two agreements.

Voting took place over the past several weeks and votes were tallied today.

Another supplement yet to be voted on is the Local 804 Supplement. However, a tentative agreement on the Local 804 Supplement has been reached and a vote will take place in the near future.

The national agreement cannot take effect until all the outstanding supplements are ratified. Once ratified, economic improvements are retroactive to August 1, 2018.



Freight topics

  • Business Agent Steve Bishop was appointed to the YRC National Negotiating Committee as well as the Carolina Bi-State committee of which he chairs.  Obviously YRC contract negotiations are still ongoing and although several key items have been agreed to and resolved there is still considerable work to done before expiration date of 3/31/19.
  • YRC: Warning letters protests - 78, Suspensions adjudicated - 55, Discharges adjudicated -19 & Complaints settled and paid - $16,591.50
  • USF Holland: Warning letters protests – 31, Suspensions adjudicated – 13, Discharges adjudicated – 3 & complaints settled and paid – $5329.88
  • UPS Freight: Warning letters protests -10, Suspensions adjudicated -3, Discharges adjudicated - 9

Complaints settled and paid - $1435.65

  • Have resolved more than 102 discharges and suspensions. All of this since July 2018


  • The UPS National Master and the Atlantic Area Supplement has been ratified. There are currently only 4 other supplements unresolved, Central PA, Western PA, Local 804 (New York) and Local 243 (Metro-Detroit). UPS Freight and CSI (Cartage Services) have all ratified as well.
  • In accordance with our Bylaws, we are in the process of holding new Shop Steward elections in ALL of our UPS operations and hope to have these completed by the end of February.
  • The Over 9.5 issues have been virtually eliminated due the Company’s new initiative which has solved the Excessive Overtime problems in the past.   
  • At the current time 29 Full-time Feeder driver positions have been added in the Charlotte hub and surrounding area in the past six months. Charlotte Feeders has already announced they have a current need for up to 35 more Feeder and Feeder Q-list positions by the end of the year. They may have to go to outside hires in hopes of filling these positions once again if necessary.  
  • We have been able to resolve over 32 off the job discharges and suspensions and returned the individuals to work.
  •  We have won over $11,000 in grievance settlement since July 2018.

White Paper Contract

  • We successfully completed the negotiations with the Red Cross. We teamed up with Local 391 and negotiated a Carolinas Regional Contract to cover all Red Cross facilities in the Carolinas.
  • We have completed negotiations with ARAMARK Uniforms on a new three year contract which included increases in wages and pension contributions, while maintaining the current Health and Welfare coverage.
  • After the management at Aramark refused to abide by the Collective Bargaining Agreement by refusing to post open routes, attempting to award routes to junior non-members instead of the senior Union member, and attempting to unilaterally lower employee’s commission rates, we filed multiple grievances to the Piedmont Grievance Committee while filing an ULP with the NLRB against the Company and the General Manager. The Company quickly asked for a meeting and resolved all outstanding grievances, including the awarding of open routes, back-pay, and restoration of higher commission rates to the affected employees.
  • After a prolonged arbitration case with the American Red Cross, and refusal by the Company to honor the arbitrator’s decision, we prevailed at enforcing the decision. The employee was returned to work with more than one year’s back-pay and benefits.
  • We are currently gearing up for Contract talks with BlueLynx Distribution. The current contract will expire in July 2019.

Organizing Front

  • We have recently been contacted by FedEx Freight in an attempt to possibly organize them once again. This was due primarily to the Company’s new policy of suspending drivers off the job, pending an investigation for ANY and ALL motor vehicle infractions, including in their personal vehicles.  We have made it very clear, IF we decide to pursue this venture again it will be ONLY if and when they sign both the NLRB Right to Represent cards AND the membership authorization form and If THEY do their due diligence.

February 1, 2019
The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and YRC Freight, New Penn and Holland met this week for another round of bargaining for a new national agreement to succeed the agreement that is set to expire on March 31, and more progress was made.
Although the parties resolved most of the easy issues in the early weeks, they are now starting to address the more difficult ones. National Freight Director Ernie Soehl said, “This week we took up a number of challenging language issues with regard to video cameras, driverless trucks, discipline, family and medical leave, moving expenses and sick leave. We had spirited discussions with the company but eventually succeeded in resolving most national language issues. A lot of work still remains to be done, however, including the difficult issues of economics and operations.”
The industry-wide driver shortage also remains a central topic of discussion.
“We pointed out to the company that when we start getting into economics, one obvious way to help with driver recruitment and retention is to raise wage rates,” Soehl said.
The parties have multiple weeks scheduled to continue negotiations.
Download: UPSF National Agreement .pdf

Steve Bishop, Business Agent for YRC and Holland will be in contrace negotiations during the following weeks:

Monday, February 11, 2019 through Friday, February 15, 2019.

Monday, February 25, 2019 through Friday, March 1, 2019.

Monday, March 11, 2019 through Friday, March 15, 2019.

Monday, Marchh 18, 2019 through Friday, March 22, 2019.

Monday, March 25, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019 (if needed)

During this time period you can leave him a message on his cell phone (704) 363-6486 and he will return the call when he is available.





Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Local 71 is taking applications for the College Scholarship for Children and Grandchildren of eligible members who will graduate from High School in 2019.

All applications must be received at the Local Union no later than May 3, 2019 to be considered for approval. Two (2) scholarships will be awarded to the 2 highest academic scholars, for a maximum value of $2000 per scholarship.

To obtain an application form you may download off the website: or contact the office at 704-596-2475 x223.



Ernest K. Wrenn


Download: 2019 Teamster Local 71 Scholarship Application.pdf

Company plans to fill 200 positions; Benefits include union contract pay rates and full paid health care

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), has announced immediate plans to hire 200 qualified over-the-road drivers in cities across the U.S., primarily in Maybrook, NY; Buffalo, NY; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, Il; Salt Lake City, UT; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Cin





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Company plans to fill 200 positions; Benefits include union contract pay rates and full paid health care

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), has announced immediate plans to hire 200 qualified over-the-road drivers in cities across the U.S., primarily in Maybrook, NY; Buffalo, NY; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, Il; Salt Lake City, UT; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; North Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; Jackson, MS: Albuquerque, NM; and Kansas City, MO.

"YRC Freight is growing and our volumes are building," said Jeff Rogers, president of YRC Freight. "A huge key to our ability to prosper is engaged employees who are focused on working together with the common objective of on-time pickups and deliveries, claims free service, emphasis on safety, and the long-term commitment of delivering confidence to our customers every day."

A unionized company, YRC Freight makes available to its road drivers full paid health care benefits and vacation time. Drivers are paid union contract pay rates. All equipment is provided and maintained by the company and all fuel cost is paid for by the company. Many daily dispatches involve minimum time away from home. With the exception of team drivers, overnight stays for drivers are provided and paid for in hotel rooms.

YRC Freight recruits from approximately 100 truck-driving schools across the nation and is dedicated to investing in new hires. The company offers training for new drivers and helps them fine-tune their freight driving skills – including how to maneuver in city traffic and how to complete hazmat required paperwork.

"YRC Freight is a great place for drivers. We work as a team to get the job done and everyone treats each other with respect," said Wilson Meier, 11-year veteran driver with YRC Freight who was just named as the New York State Motor Truck Association Driver of the Year. "We have excellent health care benefits and our equipment is well maintained too," added Meier.

"We are the original LTL experts and while our name has recently changed, the caliber of our workforce and our commitment to our customers remains the same as it has been for the past 85 years," added Rogers. "Our strength is built on the talents and dedication of each and every employee. We invite safety-minded professional drivers with a strong work ethic and the desire to succeed to join our winning team."

Drivers interested in positions with YRC Freight can apply online by visiting or

About YRC Freight
YRC Freight, a leading trucker of industrial, commercial and retail goods, specializes in less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping solutions for businesses. Based in Overland Park, Kan., YRC Freight provides comprehensive North American coverage and offers a broad portfolio of LTL services to bring flexibility and reliability to customers' supply chains. For more information, visit

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