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Union, dealer negotiators agree on new Local 731 contract

November 24, 2010
Negotiators for Teamsters Local No. 731 and most local dealers who employ workers represented by that union tentatively agreed to a new four-year pact July 29, two days before the existing contract expired. The new collective bargaining agreement covers four years, until July 31, 2006. The 731 union represents stockroom attendants, garage attendants, drivers and utility employees such as porters. One hundred thirty-four area dealerships reportedly employee Local 731 workers. David Radelet, a partner with Franczek Sullivan, represented 120 of those dealers in the negotiations. "I think he (Radelet) did a great job of negotiating with the union and handling the dealers," said Lee Drabek, a CATA board member and chairman of the board's employee relations committee. Franczek Sullivan will provide a detailed summary of the new contract to the dealers affected by the pact. The firm also secured four-year contracts recently with two other unions that represent employees at area dealers: I.A.M. District Lodge Nos. 377 and 1749. The 377 contract (Chicago Heights area) is effective until June 14, 2006, and the 1749 contract (Joliet area) expires July 14, 2006.