The longest labor case in history has finally wrapped up. What started in 1989 when David and Shirley Pirlott filed a federal case against the Teamsters for not allowing them to opt out of membership, ended this month – nearly 30 years later. The verdict? IBT owes David and Shirley $3000 each.
A recent ruling by the NLRB might lead us to believe that not much has changed in the Teamster handbook since 1989. The Board ruled this month that Local 385 violated federal when it “failed to respond to members who were trying to resign from the union.”
In another recent decision by the NLRB, the Teamsters have been ordered to pay three years worth of back pay to an individual whom they unlawfully refused to refer for work opportunities. The union has been resisting and arguing against repayment since the incident ended in 2011.