Teamsters Local 700 recently won a grievance against the Department of Streets and Sanitation after nine Pool Motor Truck Drivers (PMTD) were sent home without pay for having expired medical Department of Transportation (DOT) cards. Each affected two-hour driver will receive backpay and be made whole for the time they were not allowed to work.
Teamsters Local 700 filed a grievance on behalf of the nine drivers after they reported being sent home without pay during the month of January. Representatives from Local 700 met with the city and both parties agreed that the drivers should not have been sent home, but instead, should have been given more time to renew their medical DOT cards.
All City of Chicago MTDs are required to have a current medical DOT card when they are working. The DOT card is issued upon a physical examination by a doctor and provides proof that the driver meets the medical requirements to hold a CDL.
“Teamsters Local 700 demanded that the city not only give our members adequate time to renew their medical cards to uphold their driving eligibility, but to also grant those members backpay for the hours they weren’t permitted to work due to this avoidable situation,” said Becky Strzechowski, Local 700 President.
The affected drivers can expect the backpay in the upcoming weeks.