Teamster Drivers at Golden State Secure Higher Wages
Local 710 negotiates weekends off for members in McCook
Seventy members of Teamsters Local 710 ratified a new contract with Golden State Foods on Oct. 8, ensuring wage increases for the next five years.
The Teamster members, who deliver goods exclusively to Chicago-area McDonald’s restaurants, will receive a $1 raise in the first year of the contract and $0.75 raises each of the next four years.
“We’re proud to present a strong contract to our union members working at Golden State, and we’re happy to see them ratify it,” said John T. Coli, President of Teamsters Joint Council 25 and Trustee of Local 710. “We wanted to bring our members not just raises but better benefits in their pensions and insurance.”
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Teamsters Joint Council 25 has officially endorsed Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 4. All Teamster members and their families are encouraged to vote and support labor-friendly candidates.
(Chicago Sun-Times) — The path to financial security for Teamsters Local 710 member Virginia Clark came from behind the wheel of a semi.
It’s a route the long-haul driver would like to see more women pursue in a field that’s in the grips of a driver shortage, industry representatives say.
Clark is one of the 5.2 percent of women semi-truck drivers in the U.S., a career where pay varies widely and that women say offers opportunity amid roadblocks.
The industry is short 30,000 truckers nationwide, and that’s expected to grow to more than 200,000 in the next decade, Ellen Voie, president and chief executive of the Women in Trucking Association, said. The group was founded to address obstacles and encourage more women to enter the field.
“I was just fascinated with the big trucks and looking for a better way to take care of my family; that’s what got me into it,” said Clark, 53, who earns a six-figure salary.
For the past 20 years, she has worked for YRC Worldwide out of its Chicago Heights terminal.
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