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
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
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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