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    ABF Deal: Send it Back for Improvement - Teamsters for a Democratic Union

    Lowlights…
    No Catch-Up on Wages: There is no catch-up raise to make up for the $1.70 per hour concession we took in 2013. The wage increases are 30¢-35¢-40¢-45¢-50¢ in an agreement which is 63 months long – more than five years. Thirty cents is just 1.2 percent. That’s well below the rate of inflation.
    Pension Freeze: The pension payments from ABF are frozen for 63 months. At the meeting for officials today, local leaders from Philadelphia, Upstate New York and New England spoke out against this giveback because it threatens their pension funds. We’re supposed to defending our pensions, not undermining them.
    Subcontracting of road work continues. The 6% limit on Purchased Transportation is reduced to 5%, but this cap is no more enforceable than it was before. There is still a two-tier clause, where drivers hired after July 1, 2018, do not have their work protected. Our union should not be selling out the unborn.

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    ABF Local Union Leaders Approve Tentative Contract Agreement

    Leaders of local unions that represent ABF Teamsters met today and overwhelmingly approved the tentative ABF National Master Freight Agreement and supplements, paving the way for a member ratification vote to begin later this month.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/04/ab...ract-agreement

    https://teamster.org/abf-contract-up...l-supplemental

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Overwhelmingly approved? Just got off the phone with my BA who was at the meeting and said New England, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Upstate NY, all voted it down, but because they didn't have the majority, Ernie gets to say it was unanimously approved. What a joke, VOTE NO!

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    Wall Street Says ABF Got Best of Teamster Negotiators

    No doubt there are big problems!!

    Wall Street analysts report that ABF deal would be a win for management if it’s approved because of “low annual wage increases and a freeze in pension contributions.”
    ARCB Reveals Details on Tentative Labor Deal. Yesterday, union leadership at the Teamsters presented the details of the proposed 63-month labor agreement with ARCB. The details include low annual wage increases and a freeze in pension contributions. If the Teamsters vote to approve the tentative deal, we'd view it as positive for ARCB.

    Low Wage Inflation. The proposed deal includes a 1.2% wage increase in 2018 and average annual increases of 1.6% the next 5 years, below the 2.0% to 2.5% annual increases the past 4 years. Recall that the Teamsters approved a 7% wage concession in 2013 and had hoped for a catch-up increase in this contract, but that's not included in the deal (Exhibit 1 below).

    Other Details. ARCB's pension contributions have increased 3.9% on avg. since 2013 but ARCB will freeze (i.e. keep flat) pension contributions this contract (Exhibit 2 below). ARCB will continue to increase its annual healthcare contributions, similar with the last contract for its largest funds, although its increases will be no more than $0.50/hour each year, improved from $1.00/ hour last contract. As a give-back to labor, ARCB will re-institute a week of paid vacation and will pay each member a $1000 signing bonus. Also, the profit sharing program from last contract will remain in place if ABF's full year operating ratio improves below 96%.

    Next Steps. Teamster members will vote to approve the tentative deal over the next couple of weeks. Recall that the Teamsters initially voted against the 2013 labor deal, so it's no slam dunk that they'll vote in favor of this deal.
    https://www.abfteamstersunited.org/w...er_negotiators

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    WHAT IT MEANS TO VOTE NO

    The company’s first offer falls short of what can be won at the bargaining table. If a majority of ABF Teamsters Vote No, it will send our union negotiators back to the table with a mandate to get a better offer.

    ABF Teamsters have sacrificed. We took concessions. We worked hard and smart—and we want some of our sacrifice back. Voting No will be a way to get it.

    A contract rejection will send our Teamster negotiators back to the table backed by a message from the membership that that the company’s first offer needs to be improved.

    The proposed deal gets back our lost vacation week, and that’s a good start. But on other issues, including wages, it falls short.
    We are also concerned about the pension freeze, which leaves some ABF Teamsters in danger of getting kicked out of their pension fund.

    IBT Freight Director Ernie Soehl said on his conference call to sell the deal that “only” 10% of members are in danger of losing their pension, and if that happens they will be given a 401(k).

    Our leadership should be defending Teamster pensions, not throwing members under the bus.
    What It Means to Vote No - Teamsters for a Democratic Union
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    In Divided Vote, IBT Moves Ahead with Pension Threat at ABF

    A divided IBT General Executive Board voted 13-9 to move ahead with the ABF ratification vote and rejected a motion to fix the pension freeze that threatens the retirement benefits of hundreds of ABF Teamsters.

    Nine members of the General Executive Board voted to stand with ABF Teamsters who may be kicked out of their pension plans if the company’s first offer is ratified. They called for the offer not to be voted on until the pension threat is addressed.

    All six GEB members elected on the Fred Zuckerman Teamsters United slated voted to defend members’ pensions.

    The motion was made by International VP Sean O’Brien on behalf of New England locals. The New England Fund is one of the pension funds where members stand to be harmed by this deal.

    Other affected funds include Western Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Upstate New York and West Virginia.

    William Hamilton of Philadelphia and Ken Hall of West Virginia joined those who voted to hold up the ABF contract vote until the pension threat is fixed.
    https://www.abfteamstersunited.org/i..._threat_at_abf
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    Well our meeting was last Monday and of course the union encouraged us to vote yes for the contract as it stands. Kept reminding us that we didn't lose anything but but are gaining. I asked what he thought of a 2 dollar raise over 10 years was a great deal and he thought no one was taking into consideration the other the fact that we were getting other perks in the health and welfare and pension. I just don't understand the unions thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiredseat View Post
    Well our meeting was last Monday and of course the union encouraged us to vote yes for the contract as it stands. Kept reminding us that we didn't lose anything but but are gaining. I asked what he thought of a 2 dollar raise over 10 years was a great deal and he thought no one was taking into consideration the other the fact that we were getting other perks in the health and welfare and pension. I just don't understand the unions thinking.
    I don't see how they can say nobody is losing anything when they want to freeze pensions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    I don't see how they can say nobody is losing anything when they want to freeze pensions.
    There isn't anything good about this deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    There isn't anything good about this deal.

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    Surprised Hoffa isn't running around that it the "best deal ever" or maybe he just played those words out a few years back with the YRC "best deal ever" contract..

 

 
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