After Eight Year Legal Fight, Teamsters Finally Agree to Pay $51,500 Judgment to Victim of Illegal Union Discrimination
Teamster union bosses sought to punish worker for refraining from union membership
Tulsa, OK (July 8, 2014) – After years of stonewalling and legal wrangling, a local Teamster union has finally agreed to pay a former Interstate Bakeries Wonder Bread/Hostess delivery driver $51,500 in damages and interest for discriminating against the worker.
Oklahoma worker Kirk Rammage has received free assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys during his eight year legal battle challenging the local Teamster union's discriminatory policy.
Rammage was the single nonunion sales representative with a Dolly Madison facility in Ponca City for over 15 years before his division was merged in 2005 with Wonder Bread/Hostess. Although the company initially wanted to protect Rammage's seniority during the merger, Teamster Local 523 union officials insisted that Rammage be put at the bottom of the seniority roster despite his longer workplace tenure. The company later complied with the union bosses' demand.