Local 727 and CDT Reach Tentative Agreement on One-Year Contract

| November 15, 2018

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After a full day of tough negotiations on Tuesday, November 13th, the Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee and Cook DuPage Transportation, a subsidiary of National Express, have reached a tentative agreement on a new one-year collective bargaining agreement.

“While this negotiation process was long, the Union bargaining committee ultimately succeeded in negotiating a one-year deal that encompasses nearly all of our CDT members’ demands,” stated John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727.

Some of the top highlights of the tentative agreement include:


  • Drivers not required to transport abusive passengers or customers who refuse to wear proper safety restraints.
  • Vehicles will be clean and free of infestations.
  • Guaranteed rebid of all schedules by seniority following the Company’s facility change.  8-hour opportunities must be included for D-Van drivers, unless the Company can demonstrate that 8-hour shifts are not operationally possible.
  • Modified attendance policy which includes a two-minute grace period and allows for a more frequent roll-off of attendance points and discipline.
  • Before the new attendance policy is implemented, all current employees will have their attendance points reset to zero.
  • CDT shall supply employees with no fewer than 5 uniform shirts.  Drivers may choose a short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt, or combination of both, when they are issued a new shirt.  CDT will also provide employees with a cap and safety vest.  If an employee forgets their safety vest, the employee shall have the ability to borrow a vest for the day.  Inside employees shall be allowed to wear work appropriate personal caps and jackets.
  • Enhanced Job Protections & Grievance Procedure
  • An improved light duty program.


  • Wage increases at or above industry standards. (WAGE TABLES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE RATIFICATION VOTE MEETING.)
  • Elimination of 4 and Go’s.  Employees who arrive to work within two minutes of their scheduled start-time will receive a guaranteed 8 hours of pay (or a guaranteed 10 hours of pay if the employee is scheduled to work a 10 hour shift).
  • All employees shall receive 5 combined sick/personal days.  Eligible employees may receive up to an additional 2 sick/personal days.
  • All drivers will be entitled to a 30-minute paid lunch break.
  • $10,000 life insurance and long-term disability paid for by the Company.
  • Freeze on the current healthcare premiums for all employees who complete a biometric screening.
  • Enhanced dental and vision insurance.
  • 100% match on the first 3% of employee contributions and 50% of the next 2% of employee contributions to the Company’s 401(k).
  • Employees shall vest immediately in the Company’s 401(k).

A comprehensive list of all tentatively agreed contract proposals will be available to members at the contract ratification vote.

The Union will conduct a contract ratification vote at the time and location specified below.  Local 727 representatives will present the Tentative Agreements, answer questions, and all members will receive a copy of the Tentative Agreements prior to voting.  It is imperative that all CDT members attend the contract ratification vote.

          Contract Ratification Vote

              Date:   Monday, November 19th

              Time:   10:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.

               Location:   Teamsters Local 743 Meeting Hall

                                   4620 S. Tripp Ave.

                                   Chicago, IL 60632

If you cannot attend either meeting, Business Representative Donnie Von Moore will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the above location to speak with members.

Members with questions should contact Business Representative Donnie Von Moore at (773) 403-1032 or Donnie@TeamstersLocal 727.org.

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or additional grievance. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.


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