This topic has been repeatedly discussed here, sorry but here we go again. A driver in my center was awarded his 25 year safe driving “Circle of Honor” jacket last week. In addition to 25 years safe driving, he’s never had an injury or missed time from work. This past Wednesday he failed to give word for word answers to an auditor when asked about the 5 seeing habits. The driver was given a warning letter along with 4 other drivers. The Teamster BA shows up on Thursday and yet again says we must know the “safety stuff” even though it isn’t in the contract. He goes on to say the same thing at the PCM while standing arm and arm with management. Management told us we could be terminated for failing to correctly answer safety questions and here is a Teamster BA agreeing with them. I pulled the BA off to the side with a couple other drivers. I told him he was facing a mass exodus from Local 822 (we’re a right to work state) if he didn’t get his a s s in gear and start representing the members. I reminded him I had personally taken on the local in 96 and won a huge decision against the local in a case heard by the NLRB. I told him I would not hesitate to take them on again. I told him to get on the phone and call Local 804 in NY and ask how they handle such issues. I also suggested he take a day off from stuffing my mailbox with Obama crap and read the contract. Friday Morning. I was so mad I woke up at 400 AM fuming over this mess. What the heck, I went into work at 630 (2 hours early) knowing the division manager would be there. Sure enough he was and we had a long conversation. He’s a good man that listens and he listened to what I had to say. The DM had the warning letters yanked and thrown away. The BA shows up at 730 and tells me he did call 804 and I was correct, they don’t face disciplinary action for not being tape recorders. He later puffed his chest out and said he had made the company pull all the warning letters. Whatever. So I would like to thank Local 804 for standing up, it does trickle down.