(STATE COLLEGE, PA) – Members of Teamsters Local 8 who work at Penn State University have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that will continue to give the 2,500 workers job stability.
“This contract provides our members with guaranteed wage increases while keeping their health care coverage affordable by capping costs,” said Jon Light, President of Teamsters Local 8 in State College, Pa., which represents the Penn State workers. “The contract also improves the procedures to address issues involving worker misclassification, which will help more workers at Penn State improve their lives.”
“We are very pleased with the contract because it recognizes the hard work we do every day throughout the Penn State system,” said Dave Summers, an employee at the Penn State—State College campus. “We are proud to be employees of Penn State and we are proud Teamsters.”
“The outstanding participation by Teamster Penn State members in approving this contract clearly indicates they understand the value of a solid collective bargaining agreement—one that guarantees good pay and benefits, along with specific procedures to ensure fairness throughout the workplace,” said Michael Filler, Director of the Teamsters Public Services Division. “Without question, Local 8 is making a difference in the lives of many across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Workers ratified the contract by a 90 percent margin. It is retroactive to July 1, 2014 and runs for three years through June 30, 2017. Ballots were counted Monday, August 18 following a mail-in election.
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