The only group of employees in C.R. England’s 8,000-plus workforce that is part of a union has voted to decertify Teamsters Local 705.
Drivers in C.R. England’s Chicago Intermodal division, which represented less than 1% of the company’s employees, voted on Sept. 20 to leave the union.
“We are pleased by this decision by our drivers to decertify,” said Zach England, COO. “This vote allows the company to work directly with drivers regarding their individual needs as opposed to working through a third party that often doesn’t concern itself with individual drivers or their circumstances. C.R. England drivers are critical to our company success and we appreciate their endorsement of an ongoing relationship fostered through mutual respect.”
According to a history of the union’s involvement with C.R. England posted on its website, drivers first reached out to Local 705 in 2012, citing high health insurance premiums and low pay due to long waits at pick-up locations. The approximately 70 drivers voted in the union in February 2013.
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