Toll, Teamsters to begin negotiations next month

Toll and the Teamsters will sit down next month to begin "lengthy negotiation process" after drivers voted for union representation

April 13, 2012

Toll and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union will sit down next month to begin a "lengthy negotiation process" on employment conditions after a majority of truck drivers voted for union representation.

Toll has released a statement following yesterday’s vote where 46 of the 61 drivers at the company’s Los Angeles facility voted for the Teamsters to bargain on their behalf.

Toll says it welcomes the conclusion of the Teamsters’ nine-month campaign to unionise the company’s driving operation and that the company will recognise the decision of its employees.

"Toll and the Teamsters union will begin what is expected to be lengthy negotiation process following an expected hiatus of 30 to 45 days, as required by US law," the statement reads.

"Toll will negotiate with the union in good faith, will continue to act in its employees interests and expects all union representatives to do the same."

The firm has defended the remuneration offered to drivers, saying wages are competitive and that Toll has made improvements to pay and working conditions.

It claims drivers earn on average close to $20 per hour, but this includes overtime and incentive pay. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last month listed the the pay packets of Toll workers. It says drivers are paid $12.72 to $13.24 per hour, plus incentive pay.

Toll says it increased salaries for all US employees in July last year and that its health plans and retirement plans are among the best in the industry.

"In July 2011 we implemented health plan improvements at a cost of more than US$300,000 to Toll, and in January 2012 the company started a co-contribution retirement benefits plan," it says.

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