Truckers and Teamsters in Legal Battle

December 02, 2015 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Drivers are suing the Teamsters union for alleged matters regarding wage payment and violation of the state’s right-to-work law.

Earlier this year, seven vehicle operators decided to leave Speedway Redi Mix and the Teamsters to work for a sister company, known as Speedway Construction Products, due to better pay and benefits. However, the move appeared to anger the Teamsters, who reportedly caused a few issues for the truckers — sending them back to their previous job and union.

The workers responded to these actions by suing the Teamsters for having “effectively violated their state right-to-work rights.” Furthermore, they filed a lawsuit against Speedway Construction Products and the International Association of Machinists (the company with which it had a labor contract) believed their positions were terminated without cause, due to pressure from the Teamsters. However, the question of whether the Machinists union treated the drivers arbitrarily or with discrimination is still up for debate.


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