Workers at Ryder Truck Rental’s Bluegrass Park Location voted unanimously (8-0) Feb. 2, 2013 to accept their first agreement since voting to join Local 89 in August 2012. The three-year agreement includes (among other gains) significant wage increases, premium pay language, shift differentials, sick-days, and tool insurance, along with bereavement, jury duty and “on call” pay. A non-discrimination clause, seniority rights, and a grievance procedure are also contained in the contract.
Prior to acceptance, Ryder employees were “at-will” having very little defense in the case of unjust or arbitrary discharge. These Teamsters now have “just cause” language along with grievance and arbitration procedures as a recourse to unjust termination. This provides, along with other language, the stability of a good and fair union contract and the job security workers need to maintain a quality livelihood for themselves and their families.
In standing in solidarity with sisters and brothers in our organization and those throughout the labor movement, a “picket” provision is also included prohibiting the employer from discharging Ryder Teamsters who refuse to cross any lawful picket line of a union.
Chair Rick Curtis would like to thank Eugene Braden for all his hard-work and dedication in helping reach this historic agreement. Thank you to all our Ryder Bluegrass brothers who participated in this crucial vote. We want to send you all a warm welcome to the Local 89 family!
Please remember these Teamsters when selecting or suggesting a truck rental company. We should always support union shops and our fellow union members!