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WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2023 ~ Teamsters Local 100, representing 1,100 ramp and tug workers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike should DHL fail to remedy its behavior and come to terms on a fair contract.

Bill Hamilton, Director of the Teamsters Express Division, stated that "DHL Teamsters deserve a strong contract now. Our hardworking members know the value of their labor and they are ready to withhold it if DHL doesn't get serious about remedying its bad behavior and bargaining a fair contract."

The Teamsters Negotiating Committee has been bargaining with DHL since July, seeking a first contract that includes improved pay and working conditions. However, negotiators for the global shipping giant have continued to push insulting demands that disrespect workers and fail to address the unfair labor practices that include retaliating against pro-union workers. The company has told the Teamsters it will not schedule negotiations with the union this year after December 7.

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Bill Davis, President of Local 100, expressed his members' frustration with DHL's stall tactics: "Our members are fed up with the company's stall tactics. The members have voted and are prepared to walk. DHL will not get away with denying working people good wages and safe conditions on the job."

The General Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters recently authorized an increase in strike benefits for DHL-CVG workers should strike action become necessary. The Teamsters Union represents more than 6,000 members at DHL across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

It remains to be seen whether or not DHL will come to terms on a fair contract or if they will be forced into a work stoppage due to their refusal to negotiate in good faith with their employees.
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