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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    One thing I could never figure out is why the union always allowed the contract to expire during the slow season. January has always been one if the slowest in the trucking industry.. Being the slow season is the reason ABF can get away with this. Another case for the union being in the pocket of corporate .
    In the almost 12 years husband has been there, I have seen it slow down severely just once in January. 2006 as the interstates were shut down in our state due to severe snow storms. These guys usually don't have much of a slow season. They can try and blame it on weather elsewhere all they want but not to this extent. I live by I-40 and there are plenty of trucks on the highway. Just not ABF trucks.

    You do have a point but I don't think that is what is going on here.
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    ABF TEAMSTERS GEAR UP TO WIN STRONG CONTRACT

    Teamsters at ABF stand ready to fight for major improvements in the 2018 freight contract.
    “We won’t accept another sh*#y contract,” commented Mike Heath, a road driver out of Salt Lake City. “ABF is making money hand over fist and still crying poverty. Well, we’re not buying it. Even guys who voted YES last time now see through their lies.”

    Negotiations opened in January and more sessions are scheduled for February with the contract expiring March 31. Members have said that the starting point for negotiations has to be restoring all that’s been cut over the life of the 2013 contract. Teamsters want a significant improvement on wage rates, a return of the lost vacation week (and bargain additional time off), maintain and improve pension and health benefits, and a stop to the abuses of purchased transportation that is devastating road boards. Get that done, and we’re on the way to a good contract.

    But winning a strong contract won’t happen if Teamster rely solely on negotiations. ABF and the IBT need to see members are ready to vote NO on any substandard agreement. But as we learned in 2013, a NO vote only goes so far. We need to be organizing contract campaign actions that show visible support for winning a decent contract.
    “We need a national contract campaign network that’s built off the conference calls and other networks we have out there,” said Kevin Koubeck, an Akron road driver. “We need ABF Teamsters to get involved and pay attention to the issues. When it comes time to vote, be prepared to make your decision. We ALL need to vote.”
    ABF Teamsters Gear Up to Win Strong Contract - Teamsters for a Democratic Union

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    Default Re: ABF Freight Announces Negotiations Start Date with Teamsters

    Our manager just got back from a regional meeting and I asked him about contract news or propaganda. He said in the meeting the company thought the contract talk meetings were going really well and smooth. I told him evidently the union was caving in to everything the company wants. I asked him if they covered whst he's supposd to do when we go on strike and he just walked awa . We need to all stand strong and not cave to their demands. Just keep looking back at what the company took and what they gained from the last yes vote.
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    Teamsters, ABF To Hold Second Round Of Negotiations

    They are playing games. Big games. For the last three weeks husband has worked weekends only.
    The Teamsters National Freight Industry (TNFINC) will hold a second round of negotiations with ABF starting on Monday, January 29. This first round of negotiations took place from January 8-11.

    The initial meetings focused primarily on language issues but ABF raised claims that its employee costs and operating costs are too high. TNFINC, however, made it clear that members were not interested in a concessionary contract.

    “Rather than get bogged down right off the bat in what could have easily resulted in a collision, we spent the initial meetings trying to resolve some of the less controversial issues and made progress in those areas,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division and Co-Chairman of TNFINC.

    The current ABF National Master Freight Agreement runs through March 31, 2018 and covers more than 8,000 members.

    To view the PDF file of the update, click here
    https://teamster.org/sites/teamster....an_25_2018.pdf

    https://teamster.org/news/2018/01/te...d-negotiations

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    ABF Bargaining Update: Slow Progress


    This is just strange.

    The second weekly round of bargaining with ABF Freight took place this week for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the ABF NMFA that is set to expire on March 31. Unfortunately not a lot of progress was achieved. The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) has made clear that it wants to reach a new agreement but that any agreement will, among other things, need to address: the restoration of the vacation week that was given up last contract; better protections for road drivers from loss of work due to purchased transportation; protection of health and welfare and pension benefits; and reasonable wage increases.

    The union committee has sought to resolve language issues to the extent possible before diving into the hard economics. The company, however, has claimed that its labor and operating costs are too high and that it is essentially seeking a cost neutral agreement and undefined “flexibilities.” The full union committee made it clear that it is not interested in concessions and is seeking real improvements.

    In terms of language, the company this week proposed some items that seem somewhat off-point. For example, ABF is now proposing to significantly ramp up its drug and alcohol testing regimen by demanding that all employees be subjected to “hair” testing. Drug testing hair samples detects possible drug use (illegal and legal prescription) from weeks and months earlier but does not necessarily test for on-the-job use or impairment. The company also is seeking new “fitness for duty” requirements that would subject employees to discipline. ABF has also rejected the union’s demand to prohibit the use of driverless trucks even though the company states that it has no current plans to purchase driverless trucks. The union, however, has not withdrawn its proposal in this regard.

    While some progress was made on language issues and negotiations are still proceeding, according to Ernie Soehl, co-chair of TNFINC, “it seems a bit strange that the company, after claiming over and over that its labor and operating costs are the problem, is spending time insisting on a new broader drug and alcohol policy, when, according to the company’s own records, over the last five years only one person has tested positive for drugs in a post-accident test.” Also, Soehl added that given the tough work environment and the average age of the ABF workforce, imposing vague “fit for duty” requirements seems to be a “recipe for mischief.”

    Nevertheless, the union committee remains positive.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/02/ab...-slow-progress
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    Just found this on my FB.
    A number of locals are holding strike authorization votes for ABF Teamsters to show support for union demands to reverse concessions and protect jobs.

    Large ABF units, including Chicago Local 710, Dayton Local 957 and Harrisburg Local 776 are holding strike votes. Kansas City Local 41, Louisville Local 89, Columbus Local 413, and several others will take votes in the next few days.

    A strike vote does not mean there will be a strike. The contract does not expire until March 31. A strike vote is a show of unity.

    We urge all ABF Teamsters in participating locals to vote to authorize a strike. The more unity we show, the more leverage we will have at the bargaining table.

    ABF management needs to hear loud and clear that Teamsters are uniting behind common demands. We expect our wages to be restored and our benefits to be protected—and we demand an end to rampant subcontracting that is destroying Teamster jobs.
    Teamsters Hold Strike Votes at ABF - Teamsters United - 2016

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    ABF CONTRACT UPDATE

    Teamsters United has launched the ABF Teamsters United website with news and updates about the ABF contract, including contract proposals and strike authorization votes.

    The International Union and ABF have been in contract negotiations for over a month. ABF Teamsters need to be ready to fight.

    The Union has put forward strong proposals. ABF has responded with concessions. The company knows their givebacks will never be accepted by the members. They are probing the Hoffa administration for weakness and trying to distract the members from our own bargaining demands.

    The IBT needs to stand behind our proposals and mobilize the members, not back down or settle short.

    “The company’s outrageous and insulting demands show they are not getting the message. Members are not taking givebacks again. We are fighting for a good contract, and we're not backing down,” said Fred Zuckerman, the leader of Teamsters United.
    ABF Contract Update - Teamsters for a Democratic Union

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    Default Re: ABF Freight Announces Negotiations Start Date with Teamsters

    Does anyone know anything about the company's red circle proposal? Something about new hires don't have to be worked before using cartage. That is insane. We sold out new hires back years ago with the tiered system. I don't know if this red circle thing is just a rumor or not.

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    Default Re: ABF Freight Announces Negotiations Start Date with Teamsters

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    Does anyone know anything about the company's red circle proposal? Something about new hires don't have to be worked before using cartage. That is insane. We sold out new hires back years ago with the tiered system. I don't know if this red circle thing is just a rumor or not.
    I think that has been the case throughout this whole current contract all along, they have been running around new hires with purchased transportation, when the IBT sold us on the "red circle" protection for road drivers, they didn't bother to mention new hires would be sitting, while purchased transportation would be hauling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    Does anyone know anything about the company's red circle proposal? Something about new hires don't have to be worked before using cartage. That is insane. We sold out new hires back years ago with the tiered system. I don't know if this red circle thing is just a rumor or not.
    It's no rumor 2631... it's a hard cold fact... and you're right... we sold out the new hires again back in 2013. There's nothing in the company's proposal to rectify this absurdity but there is in the unions' proposal...







    https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.ne...pdf?1518068172
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