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Dealers, Teamsters Local 731 agree on 4-year labor contract

November 12, 2010

About 75 area dealers reached agreement on a new labor contract with Teamsters Local 731 on Aug. 15, when union members ratified the deal. 

The union represents stockroom attendants, garage attendants, drivers and utility employees such as porters.

The dealers were represented in negotiations by the CATA’s employee relations counsel, Dave Radelet of Franczek Radelet P.C.

Highlights of the new collective bargaining agreement include the following:

• Four-year agreement effective Aug. 1, 2010, to July 31, 2014;

• Wage increases in years two through four of the agreement, varying by job classification and seniority;

• Freeze on new-hire wage progressions except as necessary to comply with minimum wage laws;

• Elimination of mid-term increase in progression rates for less senior employees in certain classifications;

• Established employee contributions to the Health & Welfare Fund;

• Revised vacation scheduling provisions and replaced New Year’s Eve holiday with a personal day to align with the Automobile Mechanics Local 701 union contract;

• Revised sale of dealership and department closure notice language to align with the 701 contract;

• Added accidents which cause bodily injury to the Substance Abuse policy as additional basis for testing employees, also to align with the 701 contract; and

• Expanded Garage Attendant duties to include wax, shine, buff, polish and new-car check-in.

Further details about the new agreement can be obtained by contacting Radelet’s assistant, Mary Casto, at (312) 786-6151 or

The CATA congratulates the dealers involved in the negotiations. Any dealer with additional questions about the agreement should contact Franczek Radelet at (312) 986-0300 and ask for either Radelet or Tom Posey, an associate with the firm. The union will disseminate copies of the agreement this fall.