The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said today that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has revealed conclusive documentation that Overnite Transportation Co., the trucking subsidiary of Union Pacific Corp., is America's worst labor law violator.
"If there were a Ten Most Wanted list for labor scofflaws," said James P. Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union, "Overnite would be at the top."
The Teamsters said Overnite is one of the “worst labor law violators of our generation.” They said information received from the NLRB reveals that Overnite has compiled a record of labor law violations worse than even the Teamsters had anticipated.
The Teamsters have publicized, and Overnite has acknowledged, that more than 1,000 charges against the company have been filed at the National Labor Relations Board. Most of those charges contain allegations of multiple individual violations by the company. What the Teamsters say they did not know until the NLRB responded to its FOIA request is that number of charges and complaints filed against the company make Overnite America's top labor law violator, per employee, in the nation for the past seven years, form January 1994 to December 2000.
The Teamsters have been on strike against Overnite since October 1999. They claim to represent approximately 3,500 Overnite workers at 36 U.S. terminals.