(MOKENA, ILL.) – Teamsters Local 710 Trustee John T. Coli has signed an agreement making Local 710 freight members at ABF whole in their pensions. The Teamsters secured an important grievance win settled in favor of the union on February 23.

ABF had continually refused to meet its pension contribution obligations as stated in the Local 710 supplement agreement for dock and yard workers. Per that contract, ABF is mandated to make contributions based on a “one punch rule,” which states that any member who punches in once in a given week is eligible to receive their pension contributions for that week.

ABF instead made payments on a day-to-day basis, which is a substantial violation of what was successfully bargained for and agreed to in the contract. This illegal misconduct was practiced for nearly four years.

“The language in our agreement regarding the ‘one punch rule’ is abundantly clear,” said Local 710 Business Agent Mike Cales. “There was no way we were going to allow ABF to continue to short-change our members in such a blatant fashion. Our team was successful in making sure our members’ pensions remain protected and receive any and all credits owed moving forward.”