The teamsters sucessfully topple Performance Transportation services

The question is why? Well as I see it if they gave them concessions on wage to help them stay viable(profitable) they fear that others(including automakers would make the same moves next. They appear to be willing to sacrifice a company with 2000 union jobs to keep from setting a precedent. Their risk is that so many jobs may be replaced by non-union carriers that this could be the beginning of the end for the unions. If they can’t get a significant percentage of the workers employed soon then how do you think the next strike vote will go! I don’t think they should have played hard-ball in this economy. It probably would have worked 3 years ago.

Here is a Teamsters opinion

Copied here from a comment on thecarhauler he is responding to a comment from ford focus buyer that blamed the union for loss of the PTS jobs.

  1. Homer50 says:
    Dear Ford Focus buyer, I have to disagree. Every one of us knew what we were doing right from the start. In papers that the Teamsters filed in court the day of the 15% paycut we stated we were, “Striking to put the company permanently out of business.” This company was rotten from the inside out and we weren’t gonna have another Enron type of closing here. If we were going down, and for most us employees we could see the writing on the wall, THEY WERE COMING WITH US!!! In the last few months they did everything they could to keep away anyone from getting a look at what they were doing. In court the day that they got the 15%, the second-lein holders were trying to get the court to appoint an examiner and PTS was FIGHTING IT!!!
    The ONLY purpose for the 15% paycut was to line their pockets with a little more cash before they finally closed the doors. If Jeff Cornish was talking he was probably lying!

letter from jeff cornish to performance transportation services PTS employees

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4 Responses to The teamsters sucessfully topple Performance Transportation services

  1. lee says:

    what a bunch of idiots

    I’m glad I got out when it was still anchor motor freight.

    I’m looking to buy a house now, I’m near a pts terminal, maybe I’ll get on e cheap

    pretty soon the American union worker will be the thing of the past. Hey membership, I bet the BA’s still got a good check coming in. Ever see how there pay is based, by what gets contributed to certain funds…like a annuity or severance

  2. TAMMY says:

    I AGREE 100% WITH HOMER50….MY HUSBAND WAS A PART OF THIS STRIKE AND RIGHTFULLY SO. I COULDN’T BLAME THOSE GUYS ONE FOR SHUTTING THEM DOWN AND TAKING THEM WITH’UM…..HE SAID IT LIKE MANY OF THE OTHER GUYS. WHY PUT MORE MONEY IN THOSE BASTARDS POCKETS BY TAKING A PAY-CUT WHEN YOU KNOW YOUR GONNA BE WITHOUT A JOB ANYWAY.

  3. Depressed from Detroit says:

    I spent twenty years in the carhaul industry. I enjoyed my working days both in the bargaining unit and in management. Some of the finest, hardest working people I have ever met were part of this industry. I left the industry over ten years ago and obviously it was the right decision.

    Tammy’s concern for someone else lining their pocket at the expense of the union employee is/was a very common feeling among many union employees. Unfortunately, that opinion always mystified me throughout my career. Why would you sacrifice your own job, by refusing to make concessions during tough times, to hurt someone else? Why would spend so many hours in a field working for a company that made you so unhappy that all you wanted to do was put them out of business. Life is far too short to do something that makes you so miserable. It’s the union mentality of always thinking you are getting screwed that is killing our county’s work ethic. No question there was a time when unions had a place in our work force. Those times are over. Most employers have finally figured out that its the people that make their products that are the most important company asset.

    A little life advice for you to contemplate. When was the last time a poor person gave you a job. Wake up… If we don’t all work together everyone looses. If you are a good employee and do a good job, you will need a union. Unions will cease to exist without you as their monthly bankroll! I remember having this very conversation with a Uniroyal employee over thirty years ago. A few months after our conversation the plant closed and the union left her hanging just like they will you and your family. After all those years paying dues your husband is out of a job. WOW what an accomplishment to proud of. NEWSFLASH…UNIONS DO NOT CREATE JOBS, EMPLOYERS DO! UNIONS ONLY COLLECT DUES FROM HARD WORKING PEOPLE LIKE YOU! Now, who’s lining their pockets?

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