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    Default ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    March 19, 2010: The International Union held a conference call on March 18 to inform ABF members that a vote on concessions is likely coming down the pike.

    Freight Director Tyson Johnson said he has held some 25 conversations with ABF in the past year about their situation, and that concessions are needed to help the company stay healthy.

    Surveys of members are out to ABF Teamsters, and by March 22 the International will start compiling the results. One local officer called the whole thing a dog and pony show because the survey does not provide information on what the company is asking for, or real specifics on proposals.

    Concession bargaining is to follow.

    A hand-shake deal may already be in place for a 15% wage cut. It is doubtful that the deal will include a temporary termination of ABF’s pension payments, as the YRCW deal does. YRCW’s pension withdrawal is supposed to end on December 31, but it is unlikely that the International Union intends to enforce that pension snap-back.

    ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters? | Teamsters for a Democratic Union

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    I sure hope all the ABF workers were watching the YRC Crap. I sure hope you guys weren't laughing because now its your turn in the barrel..

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtball View Post
    I sure hope all the ABF workers were watching the YRC Crap. I sure hope you guys weren't laughing because now its your turn in the barrel..
    I doubt that any ABF Teamster was laughing at what the Teamsters at the YRC companies have been going through. I doubt that any ABF Teamster was dumb enough to think that it wouldn't happen to them next. After all ABF is the only major carrier left paying NMFA wages & benefits.

    Thanks brother Hoffa for turning your back on the NMFA and giving UPSF a new model freight agreement.

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    I also would agree that I have witnessed no ABF teamster ever laughung at the YRC mess. But who is saying we will except anything. We have not voted for any give back. If anybody thinks at this point and time ABF is in trouble they are mistaken. All you have to do is take the time go into the SEC filings and you willl see they are still giving lots of money to themselves, MILLIONS! They have a special little deal going (AND I'M SURE THE YRC top brass DO TO) and it is called DSA this stands for Defered Salary Agreement. That means they can defer as much of their salary as they want to a later date and avoid any type of equal sacrifice. Just don't be fooled and stay informed. It's all in their 2009 proxy at- http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/da...155ddef14a.htm
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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    I think it would be great if y'all voted NO.
    The clear message would be; times are tight and we've all cut to the cord, but we're making money, even after ALL the bills and payroll have cleared.
    I'm so tired of the countrywide attitude of masterfreight did it, so we need it too.
    At Reddaway, we've had to get a double hit of propaganda. It's that plus "we're YRC now and it is what it is." "It is what it is" is a line for somebody that doesn't have and answer or won't stand up to stupid, moneylosing management ideas. Just close already and put us out of our misery.
    They even had compassion for Old Yeller, didn't they.
    If you think I'm just kidding and holding out for more money, I say SHUT UP AND CLOSE IT!.........They need way more dock workers and drivers than they do dispatchers, supervisors, TM's, mid-level managers, Division VP's and VP's.
    ABF tighten your belts and vote NO....................that's merely a suggestion.

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    I have several friends at ABF, some I worked with 33 years ago at Aurora Fast Freight and others I've met over the years. They are all proud ABF men and proud Teamsters who showed genuine concern when we were going through our crap at Holland. I wish you all the best as you face your upcoming challenges and make some of the toughest decisions you'll ever be faced with.

    Hey now!
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    Wango Obof!

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    Unfortunately unionized trucking will soon be a thing of the past. All the trucking companies in finacial trouble are the union ones. Yes management will take the fall too, but the decent ones will get scooped up by other companies, the stiffs will be out in the streets. The big difference is seniority means nothing in management. It is everything to a union worker. A non-union company does not want disgruntled ex-union workers made available because their company went belly up. In management they don't care were they get them from.

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    BS You have not been following the plight of Conway have you. They are 1.7 billion in debt the last time I looked. Saia just had to convert all of it's preferred stock to common stock to keep it afloat. they were in jeopardy of not meeting their loan agreements. Almost all of the non union companies are bleeding. Some of us read the annual reports and the proxy statement from our companies such as ABF Teamsters do. We are determined to make a stand for the union trucking in America. ABF is not broke. In the last filing with the SEC they are only .08 of 1% debt to equity. That my Brother is debt free. And on the matter of no where for union drivers to go. Again you need to check your facts before posting such a statement. There are many ex union drivers at FedEx, Conway, any many more nonunion trucking companies. ABF is not in the same position as YRC. And we will not be Steamrolled.

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    All I can say is check out the last 10 trucking companies to go belly up. See who they were. The trend will continue.

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    Default Re: ABF Concessions: What Protections for Teamsters?

    Quote Originally Posted by buxtrux View Post
    Unfortunately unionized trucking will soon be a thing of the past. All the trucking companies in finacial trouble are the union ones. Yes management will take the fall too, but the decent ones will get scooped up by other companies, the stiffs will be out in the streets. The big difference is seniority means nothing in management. It is everything to a union worker. A non-union company does not want disgruntled ex-union workers made available because their company went belly up. In management they don't care were they get them from.
    Spoken like a true YRC employee who has had all the wind taken out of his sails. We are not in the same boat and we do not have to roll over and sink with their ship.

 

 
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