The Teamsters Screech To A Halt

A Teamsters strike ain't what it used to be. Today, union truckers drive just 15% of the nation's rigs. But Teamsters President Ron Carey threw down the gauntlet anyway on Apr. 6, calling the first national strike since 1979. Carey rejected an offer by 23 freight haulers that included a 13.3% pay hike over four years. No surprise there: Under that plan, 30,000 union jobs would have become part-time positions with 35% less pay. The employers also want to ship as much as 35% of their freight by rail, which would eliminate up to 15,000 Teamsters slots by 1998. But the union will probably lose jobs even if it stands firm. The two largest haulers, Roadway Services and Consolidated Freightways, are likely to shift many jobs to nonunion subsidiaries.

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