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    Yellow files revised change of operations with Teamsters

    Company seeks implementation no later than April 30


    Less-than-truckload carrier Yellow Corp. filed revised change-of-operations notifications with the Teamsters union on Monday. An original plan to consolidate operations at regional carriers New Penn and Holland with its national YRC Freight network received pushback from the union in December, forcing the carrier to revisit the process.

    A key sticking point in the original notification was the creation of 998 utility positions, requiring drivers to work across the different operating companies and handle freight on the docks. The latest submission shows a provision for only 121 such positions originating from 39 terminals.

    Yellow (NASDAQ: YELL) also wants to refine linehaul movements to include more turns in the system where drivers relay freight to other drivers, or to other terminals, returning home at night. A “designated terminal turn” would have a driver haul freight to a terminal, work on the dock there and return to their origin facility at the end of the shift.

    The documents showed there would be a total of 36 designated terminals.

    “Increasing the number of ‘turns’ is a quality-of-life issue for many of our drivers who will now be able to make it home at night,” a Yellow spokesperson told FreightWaves. “In addition, this change will add consistency to our drivers’ schedules and enable Yellow to provide enhanced on-time service.”

    Union workers, however, don’t want to rebid for jobs or be tasked with dock operations, which they view as outside of their job description as a driver.






    In the notifications, Yellow said it wants to utilize this procedure on 20% to 25% of linehaul operations in the East, Central and South regions and that 395 of its road drivers at Holland are currently performing this type of work.

    “The result of this proposed change will create additional road turns, meet [and] turns and will increase the speed, velocity and consistency of freight moving between our designated terminals as well as our end of line terminals,” a document read.

    Yellow also seeks to realign the ZIP codes covered by 204 terminals to optimize pickup and delivery by creating shorter routes and improving efficiency and capacity.

    “The optimized terminal ZIP code coverage will streamline our city pickup and delivery,” the form stated. “Translating to earlier pickups and deliveries, improved response time and increased capacity to handle our customer’s shipping needs.”

    Yellow requested a hearing date for the week of March 10 with implementation of the plan no later than April 30.

    “YRC Freight, New Penn and Holland must change in order to become competitive in the marketplace,” the document continued. “Significantly improving our transit times is imperative to our success.”





    Yellow has already engaged in the process of merging all of the different operating companies onto the same technology platform in efforts to reduce costs and eliminate redundancy. The company executed the first phase of the overhaul last year, which included the restructuring of 89 YRC Freight and Reddaway facilities in the West.

    Management from Yellow has said in the past that a total of 28 terminals, or 6% of doors, would be closed in the process.

    Yellow is a unionized carrier and party to the National Master Freight Agreement, which governs union-employer relations and requires the filing of changes to operations.

    “As part of this change, we are modernizing the business — integrating our networks, optimizing our footprints, aligning our operations and expanding our regional capabilities (Super Regional) to better serve our customers and redefine our value proposition in the LTL marketplace,” Yellow said.
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    TEAMSTERS DEMAND ANSWERS TO PROPOSED OPERATION CHANGES AT YELLOW




    Press Contact: Daniel Moskowitz Phone: (770) 26-4971 Email: [email protected]

    (WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union is demanding answers to the proposed change of operations at Yellow Corp. after the company sent revised change-of-operations notifications to the union on Feb. 7.

    The massive proposal — following the withdrawal of a previous draft Yellow issued in December — fails to address serious concerns raised by the union. The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) does not endorse or approve any operational changes at Yellow.

    “The Teamsters oppose any change of operations written in vague language or drafted to erode contractual standards and practices. Yellow will not be allowed to disrupt and upend our members’ lives,” said Teamsters National Freight Director John A. Murphy.

    The Teamsters demand that established work standards and contractual protections be maintained, that primary lanes be preserved, and traditional road driver classifications and dock workers be protected.

    Teamster local unions representing members at Yellow will soon demand detailed information from the company on how proposed changes would affect specific locations, as well as freight flows, volumes, zip code alignments, manning, and applicable work rules.

    “The Teamsters are done making concessions and we will not be pushed around,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Our focus rests solely on protecting our members. If Yellow management gets in the way of that, we will go after this company with everything we’ve got.”

    Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters.


    https://teamster.org/2023/02/teamste...8oa5U_5BJjwcBU

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    • #3
      It’s about time

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        teamsters reject proposed operation changes at yellow

        yellow’s proposal would subvert bargaining, violate constitution


        press contact: Daniel moskowitz phone: (770) 262-4971 email: [email protected]

        (washington) – the teamsters forcefully rejected change of operations proposed by yellow corp. During a meeting today with the company at union headquarters.

        Yellow’s proposal seeks to jam through operational changes without a vote of the teamsters’ freight membership, a clear violation of article xii of the union’s constitution as the company’s request would change the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement.

        At the direction of general president sean m. O’brien and general secretary-treasurer fred zuckerman, the teamsters cancelled a change of operations committee meeting with yellow planned for april 5-7.

        “fred zuckerman and i have been all over this country meeting with our freight members, who repeatedly tell us the company’s proposed changes to the contract are unacceptable. We have heard them loud and clear,” o’brien said. “yellow doesn’t want to put this to a vote because they know the teamsters constitution and they know our members will unanimously reject their proposal. This company doesn’t get to run around and ignore workers’ rights. We’re not playing games.”

        yellow, represented at the meeting by vice president of trucker relations bryan reifsnyder and others, admitted that 104 teamster locals would be impacted by proposed changes, but as many as 100 local unions have already objected to it. The 1.2-million-member union is continuing to take a harder look at yellow’s finances and analyze its ability to maintain operations under the existing agreement.

        “our members need to participate in every step of the process regarding their contract. The teamsters will not allow yellow to railroad workers on any issue,” zuckerman said. “if any changes are going to be made to our contracts, they’ll be made on our terms and no one else’s.”

        the company’s massive proposal fails to address serious concerns raised by the union. The teamsters demand that established work standards and contractual protections be maintained, that primary lanes be preserved, and traditional road driver classifications and dock workers be protected.

        The teamsters national freight industry negotiating committee (tnfinc) does not endorse or approve any operational changes at yellow.

        Founded in 1903, the international brotherhood of teamsters represents 1.2 million hardworking people in the u.s., canada, and puerto rico. Visit teamster.org for more information. Follow us on twitter @teamsters and “like” us on facebook at facebook.com/teamsters.


        https://teamster.org/2023/03/teamste...ges-at-yellow/

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              • #8
                I was hoping this TITAN would be on here, the guy right behind me on the board when I worked at Holland sent me that this morning. Good News!

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                • #9
                  There was a lot of talk over the weekend on Facebook stating that YRC now wants to open the contract to renegotiate their change of operations something that YRC in the past was not willing to do.. .. Still waiting for the Teamsters to make some kind of announcement on this but this is what happens when the men stick together.. Wouldn't it be nice to see all the companies back under one NMFA?? wishful hoping..

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                    Yellow, Teamsters to hash out operational changes by reopening NMFA early

                    After standstill on network changes, parties will revisit National Master Freight Agreement ahead of schedule

                    It appears less-than-truckload carrier Yellow Corp. and the Teamsters will renegotiate their labor contract a year early as the two parties have failed to come to terms on proposed network changes, a spokesperson with Yellow confirmed to FreightWaves on Monday.

                    “On Friday, our board of directors voted to open our National Master Freight Agreement contract, something the IBT suggested several weeks ago,” Yellow said. “Completing One Yellow is essential to our company’s modernization efforts and is necessary for us to maintain and strengthen jobs while we compete against non-union carriers. Opening the contract early requires agreement from both parties; we have notified the IBT of that board decision and await a response.”

                    After a change of operations (COO) at Yellow’s (NASDAQ: YELL) YRC Freight and Reddaway terminals in the West was approved and implemented last year, union brass has said it is not on board with similar changes at regional carriers Holland and New Penn.

                    The last phase of Yellow’s multiyear restructuring, which seeks to integrate its brands into a superregional model, increase freight density and lower operating costs, would impact more than 200 terminals in the East, Central and South regions.

                    The carrier started the overhaul by realigning management teams, creating one sales team for its different brands and bringing all of the operating companies onto the same tech platform. The COOs are expected to eliminate redundancy throughout the network, including scenarios where multiple drivers from different carriers call on the same customer locations.

                    The entirety of the process includes the closure of 28 terminals, the proceeds from which are being used to pay down Yellow’s roughly $1.6 billion in debt. Yellow has been unable to achieve consistent profitability and maintains the changes are vital to its survival.

                    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ye...BKGebihiIs-PWw

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                        I hope they stick to their guns. The new leader ship appears to be walking the walk so far.

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                          Returning to making full pension payments arta be the first thing talked about. Thanks for the updates Crazy, on all the freight negotiations.

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                            Originally posted by crazy View Post
                            There was a lot of talk over the weekend on Facebook stating that YRC now wants to open the contract to renegotiate their change of operations something that YRC in the past was not willing to do.. .. Still waiting for the Teamsters to make some kind of announcement on this but this is what happens when the men stick together.. Wouldn't it be nice to see all the companies back under one NMFA?? wishful hoping..

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