Car-hauling Teamsters approved a National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement that will raise their wages $1.35 per hour over four years.
The new NMATA is the first national car-haul contract since the mid-1990s that provides wage increases in each year of the contract, the Teamsters union said.
The Teamsters said the contract protects health and pension benefits — two top priorities, said Fred Zuckerman, director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division.
The new pact, passed by a 72 to 28 percent margin, also includes a cost-of-living adjustment of up to 10 cents per hour annually if inflation exceeds 3 percent.
The NMATA ratified Friday covers 4,500 union truckers in the U.S. who work for companies such as Jack Cooper Transport, Cassen and Allied Automotive Group.
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