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Dealers, Teamsters Local 731 agree to new 4-year labor pact

August 29, 2014
About 75 area dealers reached agreement on a new labor contract with Teamsters Local 731 on Aug. 17, when union members ratified the deal.
The union represents parts countermen, stockroom attendants, garage attendants, drivers, and utility employees.
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, 2014 to July 31, 2018;
• Annual wage increases varying by job classification and seniority; 
• One-time increase to new-hire wage progressions except as necessary to comply with minimum wage laws:
• Increased employee contributions to the Health & Welfare Fund;
• No increase to dealer contributions to the Health & Welfare Fund;
• Minimal increase to dealer contributions to the Pension Fund;
• Combined birthday, holiday, and personal days;
• New language to comply with the Affordable Care Act, the new Illinois concealed carry law, and potential increase to the minimum wage;
• Designated holidays to align with the 701 contract;
• Recognition of parts warehouse as a separate department;
• Added "threatening" conduct as grounds for immediate discharge;
• Expanded circumstances allowing testing under the Substance Abuse policy to align with the 701 contract;
• Expanded Garage Attendant duties to include the application of door edge guards and side moldings; and
• Expanded Stockroom Attendant duties to include driving courtesy vehicles/shuttles, and occasional parts pick-up/delivery when a driver is not available.
Further details about the new agreement can be obtained by contacting Dave 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 Dave Radelet or Dave’s partner, Chris Johlie. 
The union will produce and disseminate copies of the agreement in the near future.