Teamsters Local 301 has successfully negotiated strong new wage increases and other protections for 40 paratransit drivers in north suburban McHenry, Ill.

The new Teamsters, employees of First Transit, organized to join Local 301 earlier this year with the assistance of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 Organizing Department. The drivers overwhelmingly approved the five-year agreement in October, ratifying their first Teamster contract.

“The hardworking McHenry drivers at First Transit are a phenomenal group of individuals who put in an honest day’s work, stick together and deserve respect.”  -Michael T. Haffner, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 301

“The hardworking McHenry drivers at First Transit are a phenomenal group of individuals who put in an honest day’s work, stick together and deserve respect,” said Michael T. Haffner, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 301. “Our newest members have ratified a strong first contract, and Local 301 couldn’t be happier to include these upstanding workers in our Teamster family.”

In addition to other benefits, the Local 301 drivers will receive between 4 and 16 percent wage increases in the initial year of the contract, based on years of service, and between 3 and 4 percent raises each subsequent year of the five-year agreement. Local 301 also negotiated the Teamsters’ powerful and unparalleled grievance procedure into the agreement to protect members at work.

Teamsters Local 301 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.