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    Default Why does Cooper have a reduced wage

    I am new to this site but was told about it by another teamster. Some interesting stuff and a lot of junk. I have a question that maybe somebody can answer. My local union will not answer me.
    I worked at Allied in Dearborn in the shop and Allied paid us full contract when we worked on Jack Cooper equipment. We were doing their work for awhile and it resulted in me getting recalled. Good deal for me and others. Cooper opened their own shop and hired mechanics and negotiated a reduced wage with Local 299. How come Cooper gets to pay a reduced rate of pay when Allied had to pay full rate for the same work. One of the drivers told me that this should not have happened because of contract language but that the BA ignored it. Another thing. we filed a grievance to follow the maintenance work from Allied to Cooper but Cooper fought the grievance and kept us from following the work. I hope somebody can explain.

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    ENOUGH I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

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    Default Re: Why does Cooper have a reduced wage

    Welcome to the site haulincars4u.

    That is an interesting question, haven't heard that one yet. Don't have an answer other than to assume that since Jack Cooper was able to negotiate a paycut, thats why you are working at reduced rate.

    As far as getting full rate at Allied while working on Cooper equipment would only be more speculation on my part.

    As far as a straight answer you can only get that from your local.

    Not answering or returning calls is known to happen. Try a visit to the Local Union Hall see what you can find out in person, try a local meeting and ask the question.

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    Default Re: Why does Cooper have a reduced wage

    The reason you were paid full rate for cooper's repairs is that cooper hadn't taken the pay cut allied did, and cooper was paying for your wages at that time, now that cooper has gone in with allied every body gets paid the reduced rate.I think the reason you lost the greivance is cooper opened their own shop,which they didn't have before,so you don't have the right to follow that work,it was probably made in a panel decision which i know we have gotten sc*****d on a few times when we thought we had a good case. I know anybody that trasferred to allied lost wages from what they were making at cassens

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    Default Re: Why does Cooper have a reduced wage

    I got a call last night after my posting here from another mechanic. he told me that the reason that we got paid the full wage rate and not the Allied rate was because a panel ruled that Allied could not pay the lower hourly rate because Cooper mechanics had been paid the full rate to do the work before they subcontracted the work to Allied. He said that when Cooper opened their own shop that they negotiated a lower wage rate with Local 299 but did not tell anyone about the lower wage rate until after they started working at the Cooper shop. Cooper fought against the Allied mechanics following the work because they knew that the allied mechanics would fight getting paid a lower wage rate. He said that the business agent said that cooper hired new mechanics and we have recall rights so why should we worry. i just do not understand why someone was able to take the work i was doing, pay a lower wage, and i don't have a chance to have one of the jobs. Guess i never will understand. Everyone cries about the allied reduced wage but i see no one talking about the lower wages paid at cooper and cassens. Guess i will see how soon i mught get recalled or i will transfer to keep working.

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    Default Re: Why does Cooper have a reduced wage

    For some of the newer members who may have not seen other post here regarding Active, Jack Cooper owner, T. Michael Riggs.

    T. Michael Riggs
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    Innovative Equity Partners, LLC (“IEP”)

    As a trucking industry veteran for the last seventeen years, and prior to that as an executive in manufacturing companies for almost twenty years, Mike is uniquely qualified to evaluate equity investments. Mike has worked with a variety of corporate strategic investors such as Caterpillar, and has also partnered with several private equity firms including Goldman Sachs. Mike fully understands how financings and equity investments can work most effectively. He brings a unique management perspective to view all investments and transactions as a partner and as an operating executive. He is responsible for the strategic planning and capital structures for all investments and acquisitions made by IEP.

    Mike’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in business (MBA) from Harvard University in 1979, and an undergraduate degree in business from Kettering University. His work experience includes ten years employment with General Motors in the United States and Europe in various manufacturing, labor relations, and marketing positions. From 1985 until 1991, Mike served as President of Able Body, a manufacturer of heavy truck sleeper cabs. That company grew from $5 million in revenue to over $60 million in less than six years under Mike’s leadership. From 1992 until 2002 Mike became a true entrepeneur, when he became President and CEO of a vehicle transport company called Hook Up, which grew from $1 million in annual revenue in 1992 to over $70 million in 2002. From 2003 through 2004 Mike was given the chance to run a company with over 1,000 employees and became President of Automotive Carrier Services, the parent of Auto Truck Transport and a member of the JHT family of companies. In January of 2005 Mike became the CEO of the parent company, JHT Holdings, and was responsible for over 4,000 employees and almost $500 million in annual revenues. Under Mike’s leadership JHT Holdings achieved record earnings in 2006.

    In 2007 he founded Innovative Equity Partners, where Mike serves as Chairman & C.E.O. Mike saw the opportunity to assist the auto carrier industry that he had grown to love. In 2008 Mike acquired majority ownership in the Teamster based car haul carrier Active Transportation. In the summer 2009, Mike next acquired and became the Chairman/CEO/majority owner of Jack Cooper Transport Co., Inc., one of the largest privately owned auto transport carriers in the nation. Jack Cooper Transport and Active Transportation have now merged, and their combined annualized revenues should exceed $300 million in 2010. Founded in 1928, Jack Cooper has grown through acquisitions to its current position with contracts from almost every major OEM in servicing the United States. Mike hopes to continue the growth in the newly formed parent company (“IEP Carhaul”) through future joint ventures and additional acquisitions.
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    Default Re: Why does Cooper have a reduced wage

    Is the new cooper shop under the national agreement? and what wages are they paying?I know we (cassens) took a cut to keep freight since gm at that time and chysler were putting freight on scabs and cutting our rates. We didn't take as big as cut as others because 1/2 of our freith was ford traffic not all chysler. this was all done thru panel hearings.I would like to know what 299 agreed to if they are under the national agreement

 

 

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