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ABF Teamsters Reject Wage Cut
May 29, 2010
 
Workers turn down 15 percent pay cut, gain-sharing plan urged by union

Teamsters at ABF Freight System rejected a 15 percent wage cut by a solid majority, sending the less-than-truckload carrier and union back to the negotiating table.

The ABF employees rejected the proposed wage cut 56 percent to 44 percent, with about 80 percent of the company's 7,400 union workers participating in the vote.

The rejection of a wage cut and gain-sharing plan negotiated by the international union will make it tougher for ABF to return to profitability, transportation analysts said.

ABF, the country's fourth-largest LTL carrier, lost $99 million in 2009, compared with a $45 million profit in 2008. It had an operating loss of $35.7 million in the first quarter.

Read more: ABF Teamsters Reject Wage Cut / Journal of Commerce

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YRC Worldwide will talk with Teamsters union about pension payments

Monday, May 24, 2010

YRC Worldwide Inc. plans to talk with its union about its pension payments, which are supposed to restart early next year but may need to be delayed.

The Overland Park-based trucking giant (Nasdaq: YRCW) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, which has worked with YRC on roughly $2 billion worth of concessions to help keep the company in business and thousands of its members employed, have formed joint committees to “address the company’s competitiveness and re-entry into union pension plans,” according to a Monday release.

Read more: YRC Worldwide will talk with Teamsters union about pension payments - Kansas City Business Journal
 

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Freight Leaders Overwhelmingly Endorse Economic Relief Plan

On Monday, April 19, leaders of freight local unions from across the country overwhelmingly endorsed an economic relief plan for ABF Freight System, Inc. that will protect thousands of Teamster members? jobs and their health, welfare and pension benefits... Read More

POWERPOINT: ABF Freight System: Company Overview

HANDOUTS: ABF Freight System: Company Overview

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Teamsters, ABF Reach Tentative Agreement

On Friday, April 16, the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF management reached a tentative agreement today on a plan to provide economic relief to ABF that will protect thousands of Teamster jobs and protect workers' health, welfare and pension benefits... Read More

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OHFL Members: Update On Upcoming NLRB Trial And New Contract Proposal Submitted By Your Union
This memorandum is intended to give you an update on the upcoming National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) trial, and to present to you a summary of a contract proposal that will be submitted to your employer in advance of contract negotiations scheduled on April 15, 2010. All Local Unions representing Oak Harbor members are presenting this memorandum at all facilities and are available to review it with you and answer any questions. The Unfair Labor Practice Complaint issued by the NLRB against Oak Harbor, which describes the charges that are the subject of the trial, and a complete copy of the union’s contract proposal to the employer will be available at www.oakharborteamsters.com April 12, 2010.

A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is scheduled to begin on June 29, 2010. Given the number of unfair labor practice charges and the complexity of the case, a decision from the ALJ could take as long as a year to issue. In the meantime, negotiations have been scheduled April 15 at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and a mediator will be present with the parties. It is possible that these negotiations could resolve some or all of the charges that are scheduled for hearing.

The Union’s contract proposals include the following important features:

      • Retains key provisions of the current no subcontracting provisions with some modifications;
      • Modifies several bidding procedure rules, but keeps the most important bidding rights intact;
      • Protects regular workweek guarantees and also provides the employer greater workday and workweek flexibility;
      • Modifies the probationary period and its application;
      • Retains accrued time loss disability but eliminates future accrual of time loss disability;
      • Retains key provisions of the discipline and grievance procedures with some modifications;
      • Continues the company health & welfare plan, with progressive funding caps for active employees;
      • Provides for retiree health & welfare coverage under the Washington State Retiree Welfare Trust for all employees (except those Oregon members who are already retired under the Local 206 plan) subject to Trust approval;
      • Continues participation in the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust at the current contribution rates; and,
      • Protects current wage scales, but no wage increases for the remainder of the contract duration (expires 10/31/13).

This union proposal was developed as a counter to the employer’s most recent offer. It is your Union Bargaining Committee’s judgment that this proposal has the best chance of providing a structure for a settlement to be achieved prior to the ALJ hearing. If this round of bargaining leads to a proposal that can be recommended by your Union Committee, there will be a ratification vote scheduled. The ratification process will include a complete discussion of all terms of the offer, implications of ratification or rejection, and other matters the membership will need to make an informed vote.

In summary, your Union Bargaining Committee recognizes that the opportunity to settle your Labor Agreement prior to the ALJ hearing warrants the steps taken to present this proposal in the upcoming negotiation meeting. Although our attorneys are confident that we have a good chance to prevail in that hearing, there is always a chance that we could have an adverse decision that could undermine our future bargaining position. There are other factors including the state of the economy, other union and non-union trucking labor rates, and the health of your employer that are being considered in the current negotiating opportunity. How such factors may change, or not change if we do not settle a labor agreement at this time have also been weighed by your Union Committee.

Obviously, it will depend on whether the company recognizes the value of settling the Labor Agreement at this time. Given the fact that the Union workforce will ultimately require that a Collective Bargaining Agreement be resolved, that the business is slowly improving, and the good working relationships that are returning throughout the union terminals, it would be reasonable for the employer to seek a settlement at this time. The proposal being submitted by your Union constitutes a fair basis for both sides to go forward.

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Teamsters Local 81 Is On Facebook!

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Freight Update: Recession taking Toll On ABF

March 12, 2010

Click on the link to read the update straight from the Teamster's Freight Division concerning ABF and it's ongoing financial struggles during the current recession.

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