Independence Day Brings a New Contract to Hyatt Place Shuttle Drivers

| July 9, 2021

After nearly a year of negotiations, Hyatt Place Chicago O’Hare shuttle drivers have something to celebrate. As a reminder, this employer heartlessly furloughed all drivers shortly after they were informed of their employee’s democratic and free choice to be represented by the Union. Hyatt Place was ordered to backpay drivers and reinstate them. A copy of that story can be found here. In addition to the Union’s victories at the NLRB, the drivers now have a brand new collective bargaining agreement to go along with their brand new shuttle bus. The contract was ratified on Saturday, July 3rd and goes into effect immediately. Throughout negotiations the Union was able to get:

  • A pay increase of more than 14%
  • Holiday Pay
  • Mandated Break Periods
  • Just Cause for all discipline and a roll off for existing discipline
  • Hour guarantees
  • Baggage and Delivery Premiums
  • Seniority Protection
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days

“These drivers remained committed to getting a fair first contract throughout a year unlike any other. They weathered COVID-related furloughs, an attempt by the Company to replace them with non-union staff, and reduced hours, along with the expected risks of the job,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727. “The Union made it clear during bargaining that the Employer must fix its costly healthcare in the future or it can expect more problems and low morale. This contract is a good start, and one that we will continue to build on as the years progress. I want to welcome these drivers, again, into the 727 family and thank them for being ‘Teamster Strong’ right out of the gate.”
QUESTIONS? Contact your Local 727 business representative, Tommy Wilcox, 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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