Teamsters walk off job at Mich. car
June 9, 2008
Source: Canadian Press
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DETROIT — About 1,250 employees of Michigan-based car hauler Performance
Transportation Services Inc. have walked off their jobs at 24 facilities
in the United States.
The walkout at plant sites, ports and rail heads in more than a dozen
states began Monday morning and may have an indirect impact on the
company's transborder operations to Canada, although the union hasn't
struck the Canadian locations.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters says it's protesting an
emergency 15-per cent pay cut granted by a U.S. bankruptcy court judge
and what the union calls unfair labour practices.
PTS chief executive Jeff Cornish says the cuts are necessary to compete
as the company reorganizes in Chapter 11 protection under the U.S.
He says the company is seeking a court injunction to bring the workers
Don Bell, vice-president of operations at the company's location in
Oshawa., Ont., - where General Motors has its Canadian headquarters as
well as car and truck assembly plants, said the Canadian Teamster
drivers weren't on strike, only the U.S. ones.
"It is adversely affecting us in the sense that we have lot of
cross-border operation to our own company yards. Those drivers are being
laid off because we can't cross the picket line," Bell said.
"Inside the Canadian border it's business as usual."
Bell said he didn't know how long the strike would last, but was
Allen Park-based Performance Transportation Services delivers more than
four million new and used cars annually.