Union Can Be Liable: Failure to Reopen Contract
A Chicago-based local of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters can be held liable for wages lost by union members after the local failed to properly request negotiations with the employer under the wage-reopener clause of the bargaining unit's contract with the employer, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled (Begeske v. Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters Local 673, N.D. Ill., No. 09 CV 4009, 1/31/12).
Union Reminded About Wage-Reopener Clause

According to court documents, the collective bargaining agreement between the drivers and Argonne contained a wage reopener clause for the two-year period following March 9, 2009. Both parties had the right to request negotiations through written notice prior to the deadline of Jan. 6, 2009.