ABF Freight System and the Teamsters Union have agreed to another contract extension, taking it through Aug. 31.

The extension allows for the conclusion of the voting process for the remaining six supplemental agreements to the ABF National Master Freight Agreement that were turned back in an earlier vote.

Ballots were scheduled to be mailed to employees covered by those supplements at the beginning of August and will be counted several weeks later, similar to the recent process that resulted in the ratification of the ABF NMFA in June by a majority of ABF Teamster employees across the country. 

In recent weeks, ABF management and Teamster leaders have visited areas covered by the supplements, clarified various issues and addressed concerns.

The increases in contributions to health, welfare and pension plans that were supposed to begin August 1 for all ABF Teamster employees will not take effect as scheduled until all remaining supplemental agreements are ratified.