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YRC Contract Proposal to be Reviewed by Teamster Locals

November 26, 2013

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The parent of trucking companies, YRC Freight and others, YRC Worldwide, announced Tuesday that the Teamsters Union has set a two man committee meeting date of Dec. 6 for local labor leaders to review and to decide to submit the company's proposal to the membership for a ratification vote.

Photo: Evan Lockridge
Photo: Evan Lockridge

"This meeting and the subsequent vote, which we believe will be ratified, is another important and positive development in our long-planned refinancing process and the continued implementation of our turnaround plan,” said James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide. “We are grateful to our union and non-union employees who have made significant sacrifices to keep our company moving forward and our customers who have shown solid support in this process."

Earlier this month YRC management met with officials of Teamster locals, who have indicated support for the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee to begin discussions about the company's financial future.

YRC is looking to extend the current contract for five-years from ratification and to “achieve cost savings for YRC Freight, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn.” 

The current contract, coving more than 25, 000 YRC employees, is set to expire on March 31, 2015.

According to the website of the dissident group, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, YRC is not proposing any wage cuts, but they are asking for other concessions, including:

  • Continued annual wage increases in 2015 and beyond, but with no increase in 2014.
  • Overtime pay after 40 hours per week, instead of after 8 hours.
  • Change health and welfare language so that a partial week of work will not pay for a full week of health and welfare coverage.
  • Work rule changes, including outsourcing some maintenance and use of outside contractors for certain road work.

Reportedly the IBT Freight Division has not agreed to anything yet, and talks will continue.

Comments

  1. 1. mark [ November 27, 2013 @ 08:12AM ]

    We have already given plenty...We would be cutting our own throats by agreeing to outside contract labor, also working full week for health and welfare they are looking for excuses not to pay on insurance...They are wanting more and more and give nothing they have ruined our pension, they have taken enough and if our union entertains this proposal and brings it to us SHAME ON THEM...they said they were opening the MOU to see what they would offer to give back, this isn't giving back it is steadily taking away..Anyone on the bottom of a road board may as well look for a job anyway - if you vote for this your job will be contracted away...

  2. 2. Bret [ November 27, 2013 @ 09:26AM ]

    Enough is enough, We ALL have been working are backsides off, they can't hire anybody because we make less than the non union guys, maybe Welch and the other people at the top can halt there PAY for a year, I"M SURE THEY CAN AFFORD IT! After 25 years with this place I would have to say GO BANKRUPT!!! Let us move on with our lives!!

  3. 3. KC [ November 28, 2013 @ 08:52AM ]

    If it passes without a true vote, like the last time. The union should take a 15% cut in dues. After all they work for us, not we work for them. They need a pay cut as well. They show up at cl Holland in their in Cadys, we have people here that are hurting, with this pay cut. Over $20,000 in the last 2yrs. alone.
    Look to your union for answer not they just care that they get your dues every month.

  4. 4. Jim [ November 28, 2013 @ 05:21PM ]

    If the union brings this for a vote they need to be removed. YRC has screwed its employees for 10,000 per year per employee for the life of this crappy contract. These people couldn't run a trucking company under any circumstances if they tried. We gave them Billions with B over the past five years and they want more? I've busted my ass for 23 years to make CEO's and investment bankers rich. NO MORE! Time to end it.

  5. 5. paul [ December 11, 2013 @ 08:21AM ]

    PLEASE WAKE UP BROTHERS!!!! THIS COMPANY IS LEADING US TO SLAUGHTER... CLOSE THE DOORS ALREADY OR START PAYING BACK.. THE FRIEGHT HAS TO GO SOME PLACE.. THINK OF WHAT WE ALREADY GAVE BACK.. THEY DONT PAY OUR PENSION, THEY WONT PAY FOR NEW HIRES. THEY ARE GOING TO CLOSE THE DOORS EITHER WAY,, THEY ARE JUST PUTTING MORE IN THEIR POCKETS BEFORE THEY DO IT!!!!

 

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