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  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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ABF Lawsuit
Updated On: Jan 24, 2011

Judge dismisses ABF lawsuit challenging Teamsters’ concessions to YRC Worldwide

 

YRC Worldwide and ABF Freight System trucks
 

A federal judge in Arkansas will dismiss an ABF Freight System Inc. lawsuit that sought to overturn a series of worker concessions negotiated between YRC Worldwide Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union.

Following a Thursday hearing, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted motions by Overland Park-based YRC (Nasdaq: YRCW) and the Teamsters to dismiss the suit due to lack of standing. An order was expected to be entered later.

On its website about the legal actions, ABF said it is disappointed by the judge’s decision and still thinks the Nov. 1 lawsuit is strong.

“We are reviewing the court’s ruling and considering next steps, including possibly an appeal of the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit,” ABF’s statement said.

Meanwhile, YRC officials said they were “gratified” with the decision, which eases their efforts to negotiate new financing terms with lenders.

“From the moment the suit was filed we were extremely confident it had no merit,” according to a released statement from Mike Smid, president of subsidiary YRC Inc. and chief operations officer for YRC Worldwide.

The company’s investors also were happy, pushing YRC’s stock up 49 cents — nearly 15 percent — to $3.83 in Friday trading.

ABF, based in Fort Smith, Ark., claimed that the three rounds of concessions negotiated between certain YRC subsidiaries and the union, and approved by Teamsters members, violated the National Master Freight Agreement, a contract covering truckers and dockworkers across the country.

YRC and the Teamsters argued that ABF removed itself from the national contract in 2008 to negotiate its own contract and couldn’t file suit.

“We negotiated with ABF in good faith earlier this year, reaching an agreement that was overwhelmingly rejected by its employees,” said Tyson Johnson, director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “ABF should concentrate on freight pick-up and delivery operations of its company rather than trying to put YRCW out of business through litigation and other means.”

The lawsuit had been a potential stumbling block to YRC’s efforts to restructure the company. YRC, facing mounting operational costs and slowing freight volume, last year persuaded Teamster members in two votes to approve 15 percent pay cuts and to waive the company’s obligation to contribute to employee pensions for 18 months.

In late October, the union said a majority of its 25,000 YRC workers approved a third round of concessions, extending the pay cuts from 2013 to 2015, extending the pension contribution waiver from January to June and lowering the amount of those pension contributions to 25 percent of what the company paid last year. The concessions are estimated to save the company $350 million a year.

ABF, with more than 8,000 Teamsters-represented employees, was unsuccessful at getting concessions adopted in the spring. The company was asking for a 15 percent pay cut.

ABF is Arkansas Best Corp.’s (Nasdaq: ABFS) biggest subsidiary.



Read more: Judge dismisses ABF lawsuit challenging Teamsters’ concessions to YRC Worldwide | Kansas City Business Journal

 
 
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