Teamsters Refuse to Deliver GM Vehicles
Hoffa announces Teamsters support for strike and promises to honor the picket line
Following the announcement that 49,000 United Autoworkers (UAW) members would be going on strike, the Teamsters have released a statement of support.
“Teamsters and the UAW have a decades-long relationship of having each other’s back. And that continues with the UAW’s notification that it will go out on strike against General Motors at midnight. Our 1.4 million members stand in solidarity with the UAW and will honor their picket lines,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “We laud the UAW for its work to ensure that its GM employees are treated with respect and dignity on the job. At a time when more and more companies are downsizing and shipping jobs out of the U.S., it is imperative that unions fight for their members. Workers should be rewarded for good work with fair wages and benefits. That’s what the UAW is demanding.”
A key point in that statement is that the Teamsters are pledging to respect the UAW’s picket lines. When asked for further clarification, Teamsters spokesman Bret Caldwell said that the 1,000 Teamsters who work delivering GM vehicles will not deliver to dealerships until the strike is over.
This isn’t the first time that the Teamsters have used their membership to help aid a strike. In 2016, during the Verizon Strike, UCOMM reported on UPS drivers refusing to cross Communications Workers of America picket lines.