A group of Teamsters was seen picketing outside of the XPO Logistics trucking company on Hill Avenue near Montgomery Thursday morning, Nov. 30.
Greg Elsbree, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 179 out of Joliet, said the company, which purchased Con-Way Freight in 2015, has refused to negotiate a union contract despite the workers voting to unionize in 2016.
According to National Labor Relations Board documents, the union filed a complaint to the board in April that the company violated the federal Labor Relations Act by refusing to negotiate the contract.
The company, according to the NLRB, said in documents that union "supporters and/or agents threatened, intimidated, and/or coerced employees and created a general atmosphere of fear and coercion" when workers were deciding to unionize, and therefore the union representatives weren't properly certified.
However, the NLRB ruled on July 6 that CPO Logistics "cease and desist from failing and refusing to recognize and bargain with" the Teamsters local. The board ruled that the company needed to bargain with the union for a contract for its full-time and part-time city drivers, road drivers, and hostlers or spotters.
But the case is still ongoing in the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, according to the NLRB.