Machinists Rout Teamster Raid at ATT

Washington, D.C., December 15, 2005 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) routed the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in an election to determine representation rights for nearly 1,800 truck drivers employed at multiple locations by Auto Truck Transport (ATT).

The vote total as reported by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was 946 for the IAM and 338 for the IBT.

“The election victory came after members saw the IAM produce contract after contract that improved their wages, health care and provided a vastly superior and secure pension benefit,” said Boysen Anderson, IAM Automotive Coordinator. “The IBT campaign to raid this firmly established IAM bargaining unit has finally run out of road.

“No union has a monopoly on the nation’s truck drivers,” said Anderson. “The IBT represents workers in industries traditionally represented by the IAM, just as the IAM successfully represents workers in the car haul business.”

The mail ballot election gives the IAM undisputed rights to represent ATT drivers in Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Oregon, Texas, Virginia,  Michigan, Arkansas, Maryland and North Carolina. The IAM has represented drivers at ATT since first organizing them in 1988.

The IAM represents more than 45,000 drivers, mechanics and service personnel among its 720,000 active and retired members across North America.