First Transit Pays Thousands of Dollars in Lost Wages to University of Chicago Drivers

| October 8, 2020
When Drivers at First Transit’s University of Chicago location informed the Union that they had not received the correct annual raise guaranteed by their CBA, representatives of the Union quickly filed a grievance.  In the course of investigating this issue, the Union discovered that not only were the reports from Drivers true, but a few of the Drivers had their raises delayed up to one year. The Company attempted to downplay the severity of its violation claiming “company error” but the Union told management that this kind of “error” is unacceptable and egregious during these unprecedented times when many workers are struggling with the financial uncertainty that has been caused by COVID-19. Knowing that the Union was right, the Company agreed to resolve the grievance ensuring that all Drivers’ wages were corrected and guaranteeing retro-pay for any affected Driver. The affected members were paid out as much as $1000 each in retro pay in order to make them whole for lost wages.

“It goes without saying that these Drivers have continued to perform this valuable service while seamlessly navigating the challenges of the pandemic. There is no excuse for the Company to put any additional strain on our hardworking members.  This is also a great example of why it’s important for members to know their contract and to alert the Union of any violations immediately. The Union will never hesitate when it comes to protecting our members and is always ready to fight for what is right,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Business Agent David Glass at (847) 696-7500.
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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