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For Immediate Release Contact: David O. Cameron
August 22, 2001 202-251-0008

NLRB ORDERS OVERNITE TO BARGAIN WITH TEAMSTERS AT 7 MORE TERMINALS

Dayton & Richfield, OH, Nitro & Parkersburg, WV, Nashville, TN, Rockford, IL, and Bensalem, PA

Teamsters Now Represent 36 Overnite Terminals Nationwide

(Washington, DC) In another stinging decision against the nation's worst labor law violator, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision ordering Overnite Transportation Company, the trucking subsidiary of Union Pacific Corporation, to begin contract negotiations immediately with Teamsters at seven more of the company's terminals. The Labor Board's order brings Teamster representation to thirty-six of Overnite terminals covering approximately 45 percent of the company's drivers and dockworkers.

"Overnite can run but it can't hide," said John Murphy, International Teamster Vice President. "The wheels of justice move slowly but Overnite's unlawful misconduct gets caught everytime."

An Administrative Law Judge issued a decision in 1999 ordering Overnite to begin bargaining with the seven terminals. Overnite appealed to the NLRB. The NLRB affirmed the Judge's decision and expanded it to include a broad cease and desist order because Overnite's "conduct demonstrates a general disregard for [its] employees fundamental rights."

The NLRB found that Overnite committed "nationwide, publicized, and repeated violations" which affect all employees. In particular, the NLRB found that Overnite "implemented discriminatory wage increases" in violation of federal law. "This unlawful conduct constituted the core of [Overnite's] highly coercive 'carrot and stick' campaign through which the [company] granted selective wage increases to its unrepresented employees, while at the same time communicating the futility of union negotiations and threats of plant closures."

The NLRB found that Overnite unlawful conduct is "precisely the types of unfair labor practices that endure in the memories of those employed at the time and are most likely to be described as cautionary tales to later hires." The NLRB ordered that Overnite has an obligation to bargain with the Teamsters at each of the seven terminals effective December 11, 1995. The seven terminals are: Dayton, OH Richfield, OH, Nitro, WV, Parkersburg, WV, Nashville, TN, Rockford, IL, and Bensalem, PA. Further, the NLRB ordered a new election at Overnite Chattanooga, TN, terminal because the company's pervasive and egregious violations there corrupted the election process.

The Teamsters now represent workers at Overnite terminals in Chicago and Rockford, IL; Kansas City, KS; Indianapolis, IN; Sacramento, CA; Blaine/Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Milwaukee, WI; Grand Rapids, Romulus/Detroit and Saginaw MI; Miami, FL; Atlanta, Macon, Marietta and N. Atlanta/Lawrenceville, GA; Bay Shore and Buffalo, NY; Bowling Green, Louisville and Lexington KY; Memphis and Nashville, TN; Decatur, AL; Little Rock, AR; Tupelo, MS; New Orleans, LA; Laredo TX; Bensalem/Philadelphia, PA; Charleston/Nitro and Parkersburg, WV; Norfolk, VA; Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton and Richfield, OH.

The Teamster also won election at Parsippany, NJ, Canton, OH Tucson, AZ Jonesboro, AR and Bridgeton, MO, but Overnite closed those terminals shortly after the union victories.

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