LABOR: Hitching the Teamsters

When Dave Beck and his A.F.L. Teamsters Union set out last February to renew contracts with truckers in eleven Western states, they were after many new benefits. Specifically, they demanded a three-year contract providing a pay increase of 10¢ an hour this year, 8¢ more in 1956, 8¢ more in 1957, plus a pension plan that truckers would finance at 10¢ an hour. Unexpressed was the union's plan to negotiate a master agreement to cover all trucking in the West. After three months of fruitless negotiations, the teamsters struck three big truckers (Pacific Intermountain Express, Consolidated Freightways, Pacific Motor Trucking).


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