Local 700 Wins Arbitration Resulting in Back Pay for City of Chicago Garage Attendants

Teamsters Local 700 recently won an arbitration award to ensure 26 City of Chicago garage attendants would receive back pay for traditional work that was taken away from them between 2012 and 2013.

After learning that city mechanics were removing and installing tires on large city trucks, Local 700 filed a grievance on Feb. 18, 2014 against the Department of Fleet and Facilities Management for failure to assign that work to garage attendants.

The arbitrator concluded the most fair and equitable way to distribute the back pay was evenly between all garage attendants who were actually paid the acting-up rate for tire removal or replacement work in 2012 and 2013. Please see the attached decision here for more details on how the arbitrator calculated the back pay award.

Garage attendants that were adversely affected will now be made whole as back pay checks from the city are currently being distributed. Each eligible garage attendant will receive a check for the same amount of $1,521.40 gross pay before taxes.

“This award should send a message to the city that the Teamsters Local 700 staff will always make sure our members receive the work and pay that is contractually owed to them,” said Becky Strzechowski, Local 700 President.

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