Today’s Pickup: C.R. England’s only union employees vote for decertification

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Good day,

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.

Did you know?

The trucking industry spends about $9.5 billion on safety, according to ATA, with investments in technologies, safety training, driver safety incentive pay, and compliance.

Quotable:

“We believe that extending the waiver is unnecessary to support the humanitarian relief efforts on the island. There is an ample supply of Jones Act-qualified vessels to ensure that cargo is able to reach Puerto Rico.”

- David Lapan, Homeland Security press secretary, on why the U.S. is let expire the Jones Act, which requires U.S. goods shipped to Puerto Rico to do so on U.S. flagged ships.  

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Final Thoughts

ATA is preparing to launch a new cybersecurity service for members in 2018. According to a report, the service is designed to help fleets monitor and report cyberattacks of onboard data systems. The service is expected to be officially unveiled at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando later this month.

Hammer down everyone!

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight has covered the U.S. trucking and transportation community for more than 10 years, winning numerous regional and national editorial awards, including a Jesse. H. Neal Award. Prior to working on FreightWaves, Brian spent 10 years at industry trade magazine Fleet Owner, and prior to that managed daily newspaper editorial operations.