Truck drivers from Oak Harbor Freight Lines go on strike

Sep 23, 2008 Full story: North Sound 111

Suddenly out of work, one truck driver for Oak Harbor Freight Lines is bracing for the long haul.

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OAKH Lines Strike

Renton, WA

#1 Sep 23, 2008
Teamster are from evil beginnings. The ones that are on strike will most likely lose their jobs...and will only have their Teamsters to keep them warm play thier bills so dumb!
Seven yr employee

United States

#2 Sep 23, 2008
I know everyones viewpoint is different but from mine this is a great company. GREAT history,great great great oh did I say great owner, very good pay,retirement and benifits.
they do care about their employees and do alot they do not need to. I pray the employees on strike don't lose their jobs but wish they could realize how good they do have it with OHFL.
Jack

United States

#3 Sep 24, 2008
OAKH Lines Strike wrote:
Teamster are from evil beginnings. The ones that are on strike will most likely lose their jobs...and will only have their Teamsters to keep them warm play thier bills so dumb!
To this person that calls Teamsters dumb, check your spelling & grammar, then you will know, whose dumb
Robert

Reno, NV

#4 Sep 24, 2008
I would like to kick them in the teeth.....
Robert

Reno, NV

#5 Sep 24, 2008
not really, but i can't say i agree with the union ways as much anymore
Matthew Sacramento Ca

Oakland, CA

#6 Sep 24, 2008
Good luck teamsters, you're going to need it. No money, no job, no one to lean on when its done. Do you really think the teamsters will be there for you??? Please they're looking for money only.just ask some of the employees at Consolidated Freightways--oh wait, there unemployeed also. Be smart and go back to work before its to late.
anthony

Spokane, WA

#7 Sep 24, 2008
as a 16 yr senior driver of one of your compeditors I want to ask you union guys when is enough, ENOUGH??? Though I totally disagree with the whole Teamster way of operating, I feel for those of you who I may not be seeing out on the road... But with this economy, and business downturn's, not to mension the whole Government Bailout crap... How could you guys be so stupid as to opt to strike now??? Ask who will still be working paying their bills from the money you donated to the union coffers long after you are down the road?(That would be the union wranglers) By the way, I was busier today than I have been in weeks and forsee a better tomorrow... So you stand stronge "Brothers" cause we need your freight... he he he...
hmmmm

Oroville, CA

#8 Sep 24, 2008
good luck teamsters, I am praying for you all, hope you still have a job to go to when this is over.
I work for one of your competitors, and we are seeing a huge increase in frieght already, mostly in portland.
just dont be to greedy right now, the economy is in bad shape.
I hope you reach an agreement or get a contract like real soon, because everyday that goes by your company is losing a percentage of your customer base that you will not get back.
even if you guy's went back to work right now, this very minute, the damae that has already been is done, think about your newly hired employees, they probably will not be needed to work anymore.
just be careful in how you handle this and resolve this as soon as possible.
good luck to all teamsters and god bless.

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#9 Sep 28, 2008
OAKH Lines Strike wrote:
Teamster are from evil beginnings. The ones that are on strike will most likely lose their jobs...and will only have their Teamsters to keep them warm play thier bills so dumb!
If not for people like the Teamsters there would never had been a strong middle class.
You have bought into corporate propaganda. They have had a long term plan to eliminate unions.

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#10 Sep 28, 2008
Robert wrote:
I would like to kick them in the teeth.....
Go back to your .25 pennies per mile and your cobra. The lot lizards are calling.
Lot Lizard - Kidding

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Sep 28, 2008
I know in our area, the Seattle area, we are devastated by the news of Oak Harbor striking. We know and care about the employees as well as some folks who are management. This is a lose-lose situation. I just hope the striking workers realize how much the company cares about them and go back to work soon.
Standing Tall

Portland, OR

#12 Sep 28, 2008
If you were a retired worker would you like to suddenly lose all your benifits?
Would you like your health care cost to suddenly go up by 8 to 14 percent of your gross wages? plus the more you make the more you pay for the exact same coverage.
Would you like to work with no cost of living raise for six years?
Would you like to suddenly recieve no sick leave?
Would you like to be paid only 15 cents for every hour of sick leave you have saved up?
This is just a short list of some of the things Oak Harbor is trying to do to their workers.
And if you non-union workers aren't worried about you jobs with no union to stand up for you and what the company can do to you you might want to think about it again, real hard. All the company has to do is not like you, for any reason, you don't have to do anything wrong, and you're gone, it's just that easy for them.
Wife of Oregon Teamster

Eagle Creek, OR

#13 Sep 28, 2008
You know nothing about which you are speaking. The company wants to take away teamster insurance and pension not only from the current employee but also retiree. YOUR terminal is not union therefore you do not give a rats ass what happens. They are not asking for anything new in the contract just want to keep what they already have in place. Please feel free to share what you think OHF does for the employees that they shouldnt??
Seven yr employee wrote:
I know everyones viewpoint is different but from mine this is a great company. GREAT history,great great great oh did I say great owner, very good pay,retirement and benifits.
they do care about their employees and do alot they do not need to. I pray the employees on strike don't lose their jobs but wish they could realize how good they do have it with OHFL.
thankful

Reno, NV

#14 Sep 29, 2008
Don't you union drivers think it's funny that you're paying money to be part of a union who is suppose to protect you and watch out for you but in reality you are unhappy and not working while the non-union drivers are thankful to have thier jobs and appreciate the wages and benefits they have. It seems to me that the non union drivers are the ones winning here!maybe you should quit paying your dues and put that money towards your healthcare and be happy that you have a job and can provide for your families. I know too many people out of work that would love to be receiving a paycheck and would gladly work for Oak Harbor Freight! Beware you may be out of a job thanks to your Bid Daddy the Union!
Wife of Oregon Teamster wrote:
You know nothing about which you are speaking. The company wants to take away teamster insurance and pension not only from the current employee but also retiree. YOUR terminal is not union therefore you do not give a rats ass what happens. They are not asking for anything new in the contract just want to keep what they already have in place. Please feel free to share what you think OHF does for the employees that they shouldnt??
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Standing Tall

Portland, OR

#15 Sep 30, 2008
thankful wrote:
Don't you union drivers think it's funny that you're paying money to be part of a union who is suppose to protect you and watch out for you but in reality you are unhappy and not working while the non-union drivers are thankful to have thier jobs and appreciate the wages and benefits they have. It seems to me that the non union drivers are the ones winning here!maybe you should quit paying your dues and put that money towards your healthcare and be happy that you have a job and can provide for your families. I know too many people out of work that would love to be receiving a paycheck and would gladly work for Oak Harbor Freight! Beware you may be out of a job thanks to your Bid Daddy the Union! <quoted text>
I want to see your post after Oak Harbor lays you off work because you "don't have have a union to protect and watch out "for you". Just wait, it'll happen because they can let you go any time they want.
thankful

Reno, NV

#16 Sep 30, 2008
Standing Tall wrote:
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I want to see your post after Oak Harbor lays you off work because you "don't have have a union to protect and watch out "for you". Just wait, it'll happen because they can let you go any time they want.
There are state and federal laws to protect people from unlawful termination and if you are a good employee you wouldn't need someone to protect and watch out for you. Like I said at least the non-union drivers are working and getting a paycheck....are you?

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#17 Sep 30, 2008
thankful wrote:
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There are state and federal laws to protect people from unlawful termination and if you are a good employee you wouldn't need someone to protect and watch out for you. Like I said at least the non-union drivers are working and getting a paycheck....are you?
no, there are no protections anymore in most states.It's called the right to work law.
Standing Tall

Portland, OR

#18 Oct 1, 2008
thankful wrote:
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There are state and federal laws to protect people from unlawful termination and if you are a good employee you wouldn't need someone to protect and watch out for you. Like I said at least the non-union drivers are working and getting a paycheck....are you?
You're right there are laws out there to protect workers, but just try using them. If a non union job needs to get rid of you for what ever reason, maybe their brother in-law needs a job or they need a scape coat for something or they need to make an example of someone and guess what, you're it, all they need to do is make up a reason. Like you have a bad attitude, bad work habits, maybe bad driving, unsafe worker, rude to customers, just about any old thing they want. How do you prove them wrong, are you going to hire a high priced lawyer on the chance that you may not win? just how do you prove it, it's your word against theirs?
I've seen too many good workers lose their job just because of a bad boss.
You need to wake up and open your eye's, anyone knows a non-union job is never safe, it's sad, but just a fact of life.
The Voice of Reason

Federal Way, WA

#19 Oct 1, 2008
Standing Tall wrote:
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You're right there are laws out there to protect workers, but just try using them. If a non union job needs to get rid of you for what ever reason, maybe their brother in-law needs a job or they need a scape coat for something or they need to make an example of someone and guess what, you're it, all they need to do is make up a reason. Like you have a bad attitude, bad work habits, maybe bad driving, unsafe worker, rude to customers, just about any old thing they want. How do you prove them wrong, are you going to hire a high priced lawyer on the chance that you may not win? just how do you prove it, it's your word against theirs?
I've seen too many good workers lose their job just because of a bad boss.
You need to wake up and open your eye's, anyone knows a non-union job is never safe, it's sad, but just a fact of life.
Unions have a place and they have certainly helped most American workers in the past. However, their shortsightedness in these situations often makes me wonder what their real motivation is. It never seems to be about the individual worker anymore.

As far as being independent and being fired for no reason, I would have to say that if you are a dependable, hard working, dedicated, professional employee, why would they fire you? It is not like there are millions of "great" employees out there these days. Any even if you do get fired, there is likely another company desperate to add a great addition to their company.

No if you are rude to customers, have a bad attitude, are late for work, wreck trucks, steal gas, etc....and then you run to the union for help so you don't get fired, how is that fair to the employer?

I am sure there are good points to both sides. My only suggestion is that you work without a contract and continue to negotiate while still working. At least then you are getting paid and your "union" is still working hard for you at the negotiation table "earning" their union dues.
Behind the Scenes

Rising Sun, MD

#20 Oct 1, 2008
Just to put this in perspective for everyone, the Teamster Union the the Oak Harbor Freight employees work under has been negotiating this contract since October 2007. The employees have been already worked 12 months with out a contract, without raises, etc. The current labor dispute rises from the Company's unwillingness to come to a compromise with the Teamsters. During the 12 months of negotiation, the two sides have already brougt in a Federal Negotiator, who gave up when both sides refused to go to arbitration after being unable to come to a consensus. The current situation is a tough choice, and one I would not want to have made on behalf of 600-ish employees currently not receiving paychecks and looking at losing their healthcare in 14 more days.

I do know that the Teamsters invited the Company back to the negotiating table on Wendesday, Sept 24th, two days after the walkout and the Company did not show up.

The ball is in their court.

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