First Transit Chicago Presents Substandard Wage Proposal and Engages in Regressive Bargaining on Day Two of Negotiations

| December 7, 2022

Representatives of Local 727 and First Transit Chicago met today for the second day of bargaining over a successor collective bargaining agreement. Although Local 727’s bargaining committee had high hopes of the paratransit company coming through with a fair and appropriate economic proposal, they were sadly disappointed. First Transit’s opening offer included a substandard hourly wage rate $3 below what fellow paratransit employees currently make working for First Transit competitors MV Transportation and CDT. Additionally, First Transit engaged in regressive bargaining when they took back a proposal which would allow First Transit members to use medical services provided by Local 727’s Wellness Center, which was recently opened in Berwyn.

“The proposals First Transit presented today are entirely unacceptable,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727. “When I asked the company why they thought it was ok to treat their employees less than others doing the same work, they had no answer. It goes without saying that the Union bargaining committee will not stand for this.”

Members with questions should reach out to Business Agent David Glass at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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