Teamsters Local 700 Prevails in Fight to Represent CTA Project Managers

After a yearlong battle, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) has awarded Teamsters Local 700 the rights to represent project managers employed by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

On March 8, 2018, Local 700 filed a petition with the ILRB to be the exclusive bargaining representative for the CTA project managers. A few weeks later, CTA objected to the union’s petition, claiming that the project managers are managerial employees and should not be able to be represented by any union.

Local 700 argued that the project managers are not managerial employees because they are not engaged in executive and management functions and do not direct the implementation of management policies and procedures.

The ALJ agreed with the union and found that the project managers could not be defined as managerial employees, and are accordingly considered public employees. Therefore, by law of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, they are entitled to union representation and collective bargaining rights.

In the final decision issued in favor of the union by the ALJ on May 14, six project managers are now on their way to becoming certified Teamsters Local 700 members. Local 700 currently represents nearly 85 drivers at CTA.

“This is a huge win for both Local 700 and these project managers,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Michael G. Melone. “We always look forward to adding strong members to our union and these CTA employees did not give up on this fight and therefore proved that they should be Teamsters. This decision also has the potential to overturn previous ILRB decisions involving other workers who were previously exempt from unionizing because they were defined as managerial employees.”

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