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    Payback is Overdue at YRC
    Bargaining began in late December at YRC, Holland, and New Penn. Members know the goal: a fair contract after years of sacrifice to save the company.

    Does the Hoffa administration get the message?

    Ernie Soehl, the freight director under Hoffa, put out a statement prior to the holidays. Soehl stated, “We want to get these companies back to a normal NMFA-style contract and we made clear to the companies that we are not interested in concessions in these negotiations.” He reported that economic proposals have not yet been exchanged or discussed.

    We want to make sure that the bargaining committee stands by Soehl’s no concessions stance.

    Restoring the lost 15% wage cut and negotiating raises along the lines of ABF is job number one. We also need to protect health and welfare benefits, and start to restore our pensions.

    The problem is that the company's debt, which led to our union’s cave-in on concessions, has not dramatically improved.

    “Members say it’s been nearly ten years and the company’s still in debt,” said Jerry Yarbrough, a Holland steward in Memphis, “and what’s to say, even with all we’ve done, that they’ll ever get out of debt? Why should we continue to bear the burden? Are the banks just going to bleed us dry and then walk away?”
    Payback is Overdue at YRC - Teamsters for a Democratic Union
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    YRC Negotiations Resume, Continued Progress Reported

    The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) met this week to continue negotiations for a new National Master Freight Agreement covering YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn.

    The parties met for full days over the course of the week and discussed a wide variety of issues. TNFINC secured a tentative agreement with improvements on a number of items such as equipment, safety, stewards and work opportunities.

    TNFINC Co-Chair Ernie Soehl stated: “We continued making progress for the members and resolved a number of national non-economic items. Obviously we will still need to tackle the difficult economic issues, but at least so far I am encouraged by the progress.”

    Negotiations are scheduled to resume later in the month.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/01/yr...gress-reported

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    Another sell-out contract is in the works. Ernie Soehl and the Teamsters know no better and it is a damn shame for the workers. I'll bet you'll see multiple pages of 'Memorandum of Understanding' attached to the back of this contract just like we did before.

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    You know it .Sad .

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    YRC Bargaining Update: Continued Progress

    The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and YRC Freight, New Penn and Holland met this week for another round of bargaining for a new national agreement to succeed the agreement that is set to expire on March 31, and more progress was made.

    Although the parties resolved most of the easy issues in the early weeks, they are now starting to address the more difficult ones. National Freight Director Ernie Soehl said, “This week we took up a number of challenging language issues with regard to video cameras, driverless trucks, discipline, family and medical leave, moving expenses and sick leave. We had spirited discussions with the company but eventually succeeded in resolving most national language issues. A lot of work still remains to be done, however, including the difficult issues of economics and operations.”

    The industry-wide driver shortage also remains a central topic of discussion.

    “We pointed out to the company that when we start getting into economics, one obvious way to help with driver recruitment and retention is to raise wage rates,” Soehl said.

    The parties have multiple weeks scheduled to continue negotiations.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/02/yr...inued-progress

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    Being a unionized carrier, YRC is not in position of needing to raise wages at this point to attract new drivers. The Teamsters did make concessions during YRC's most difficult days, and Mehrotra said there was has been "bluster" from the Teamsters getting prepared for negotiations on a contract that ends in March 2019.

    Fisher would not discuss wage numbers, but said YRC is going to need "flexibility in the work force to actually run the business the way it needs to be run." She discussed a scenario in which a worker would be more of a utility worker, allowed to perform more functions than at present. Mehrotra asked whether it was "realistic" to think the Teamsters would move toward that model. "The good news is we have outstanding (union) leadership," she said. "They have been very helpful in the last 18 months. I think in the next nine months we can spend time talking to them, and letting them know the issues so that this is not a surprise."
    Thought I had seen a link to this here,but couldn't find it. Not sure if the raising wages comment is from Fisher or not,but,really?!
    And "We" have outstanding union leadership?? Hmmm.

    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/yr...tation-outlook
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    Quote Originally Posted by B'oink View Post
    Thought I had seen a link to this here,but couldn't find it. Not sure if the raising wages comment is from Fisher or not,but,really?!
    And "We" have outstanding union leadership?? Hmmm.

    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/yr...tation-outlook
    Personally I think the wage issue is a big issue. Even ABF is having a hard time attracting drivers from what I hear and they are paid higher as we all know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Personally I think the wage issue is a big issue. Even ABF is having a hard time attracting drivers from what I hear and they are paid higher as we all know.
    You're absolutely correct ABFwife. We struggled to attract drivers and still do to this day. We have a training program for anyone that wishes to obtain a CDL. I don't see many busting down the door for that offer.

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    YRC Negotiations Continue on National Items
    The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) met this week with YRC Freight, New Penn, and Holland to continue negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the agreement set to expire on March 31.

    The last traditional collective bargaining agreement applicable to these companies is the 2008-13 National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA). That agreement was modified and extended through various restructuring MOUs and agreements. The parties are returning to the traditional structural format as the 2008-13 NMFA.

    After this week, the parties will have resolved most of the non-economic provisions in Articles 1-39. The parties also began discussing supplemental agreements for some regions of the country. Subcommittees were also established to focus on various issues related to the shortage of CDL drivers, purchased transportation, how to grow full-time jobs, job security for the bargaining unit and the unique nature of operations at Holland.

    “We are now exchanging proposals that address some of the core operational practices in the modern LTL environment,” Teamsters National Freight Division Director Ernie Soehl said. “The issues are getting clarified and we had productive dialogue with the company.

    “But what also became clear is that a lot of very complex and difficult work lies ahead as we attempt to craft a comprehensive Master Freight Agreement,” Soehl said. “Ultimately, the resolution of many of these issues is intertwined with the satisfactory conclusion of economic discussions and we simply are not there yet.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/02/yr...national-items

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    YRC, Teamsters float trial work rule balloons in advance of NMFA contract talks

    YRC Worldwide, which controls the fourth- and eighth-largest LTL companies with its long-haul YRC Freight and YRC Regional units, is embarking on what could be a make-or-break contract with its 24,000 Teamsters union.

    Because YRC has struggled to regain profitability following its decision to buy rival Roadway Express in a debt-laden $1.1 billion transaction in 2003, any significant change in either units’ wage structure or fringe benefits could trigger another downturn for the Overland Park, Kan.-based company.

    Significantly, this year’s negotiations will mark the first for YRC under its new chairman, James Hoffman, as well as for Darren Hawkins, its CEO. YRC’s contract with the Teamsters expires March 31 but so far there is no whisper of a strike threat—nor should there be, many analysts are saying.

    “To even suggest there’s a potential for a strike will be damaging to YRC,” Satish Jindel, principal of Pittsburgh-based SJ Consulting, which closely tracks the LTL industry, told LM. “They (YRC workers) might as well find other jobs. They might as well get in line at McDonald’s.”

    In a sign of cooperation between union and management, the Teamsters and YRC recently agreed to a pair of 60-day driver pilot programs. One gives YRC the flexibility to use pickup and delivery drivers to work 70 hours over an 8-day period, and makes a 34-hour driver restart available for drivers at the units. YRC had capped pickup and delivery driver hours at 60 hours over a 7-day period.
    https://www.logisticsmgmt.com/articl...eR1NwK5O7dUERk

 

 
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