4
| Media |

UPDATE: Veolia Transportation Agrees to Open Doors to Locked Out Union Workers

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

A show of good faith?

That's what Veolia is calling the company's latest offer -- this one to allow members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters back to work after 2:59 a.m.on October 15.

Coincidentally, October 15 is the deadline set by the National Labor Relations Board for Veolia Transportation to answer charges filed against the company by the Teamsters.

Veolia locked out the Teamsters on October 3 because, according to a company spokeswoman, the company went as far as it could go in negotiations with the union and reached an impasse.

Even still, she said, the company wanted to keep negotiating. So why lock them out?

Veolia said that they concerned that the Teamster would strike and disrupt bus service.

Odd reasoning, especially since Veolia has replacement workers waiting to fill any empty jobs. Veolia managed to fill more than 50 jobs in just a few hours after notifying the union reps that they were locking out the Teamsters.

More later.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.