Sunday, November 20, 2016

James P Hoffa Statement on Reelection

It is a great honor to be reelected as General President of the Teamsters Union.

I want to thank my fellow candidates and supporters who spent countless hours campaigning for our slate.

I also want to congratulate our opposition for a hard fought campaign. There is more that unites us than divides us. Members may have their disagreements, but at the end of the day we are all Teamster brothers and sisters.

In the coming months and years, we will need to stand together to fight our real enemies: ruthless employers, unfair trade deals, attacks on our pensions and a hostile political climate. We will need to work together, regardless of which slate we supported, to win these battles.

Although this is a time of great division in our country, it is my hope that we can unite as brothers and sisters following our election and work to make a more perfect union.

- James P. Hoffa

TPP Opponents Talk Next Steps on Trade

Teamsters joined with hundreds of other union members and activists at a Capitol Hill rally yesterday afternoon to laud the defeat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to talk about how trade policy must be reshaped in the future to benefit everyday Americans.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) headlined a slate of lawmakers and labor leaders who hailed the halting of the 12-nation TPP deal, saying the victory belonged to union members, fair trade advocates, environmentalists and other advocates who spent years protesting the agreement. Together, they raised public awareness that ultimately led to the TPP’s demise.

“We have taken on corporate America, we have taken on the National Association of Manufacturers, we have taken on the pharmaceutical industry, and we have defeated the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate, told attendees. “Those are no small things.”
But he and others warned there is much more to be done to ensure that policies that are best for workers are instituted. They noted that while TPP failed because it “stacked the deck” against hard-working Americans, future trade efforts must be examined closely.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a long-time TPP opponent who helped lead the fight against the deal in Congress, said it is time to rewrite the rules on trade so that any future agreements won’t be another boondoggle on behalf of big business.

“We will remain united in our fight to deliver that change. We face a new chapter in U.S. trade, and our negotiations should reflect increased transparency, input from civil society and policymakers, and elimination of fast track,” she said. “I promise you that we will keep up the pressure and ensure that the people who have fought for years to defeat this agreement did not fight in vain.”

The TPP result is a win for working families. But fair trade supporters must remain vigilant to ensure future victories over Washington lobbyists and corporate fat cats.

XPO Logistics Workers Near Philadelphia Choose Teamster Representation

Workers Want Decent, Affordable Health Care and Retirement Security

Drivers at XPO Logistics in suburban Philadelphia voted for Teamster representation today, propelling a nationwide campaign where XPO workers are standing together and forming their union to win fairness and respect on the job. The vote was 37 to 13.

The 52 drivers at the former Con-way Freight join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Ill.; and in North Haven, Conn. who have already voted for Teamster representation. In addition, 777 workers at Parsec, Inc., in California, who handle XPO freight, voted to join Teamsters Local 986 this week. Hundreds of XPO trucks come in and out of the Parsec yard each week.

"Three victories at XPO in less than a month (Aurora, North Haven and King of Prussia) show that the workers are building momentum in their quest for fairness, strength and a real voice at one of the world's largest transportation companies," said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Freight Division. "We will continue to stand with XPO workers across the country who demand positive change."

"Despite the company sending in its high-priced union busters, the workers stood strong, boldly and united in their fight for a better future," said Michael Bonaduce, President of Teamsters Local 384 in Norristown, Pa. "Now, the fight for a strong contract begins."

"This is a great day for us and we urge our co-workers across the country to stand bravely to win dignity, respect and fairness by banding together," said Bill Strouse, a road driver and 23-year employee. "We need to have a voice on the job so that management will listen to our concerns."

The workers are also seeking affordable and decent health care, retirement security and better working conditions. XPO is the second-largest freight brokerage provider and second-largest less-than-truckload carrier in North America.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

YRC Freight opens new terminal near Atlanta

YRC  Freight has opened a new freight terminal south of Atlanta, with 60 new employees.

The Overland Park, Kansas-based company announced the 75-door facility in in Conley, Georgia, in an Oct. 27 earnings call, according to Transport Topics.

The Conley, Georgia, freight terminal is the company’s 259th in the United States, which YRC said will benefit customers and the freight division. “This facility should allow us to strengthen our customer service in and around the congested Atlanta area in a cost-effective manner and as a good example of our ability to strategically grow and invest in our company when we identify the right opportunity,” said Darren Hawkins, YRC Freight president.

Hawkins also told analysts on the call that YRC began using new software to better handle loading freight based on the delivery route.

ArcBest Announces Restructuring, Income Drop, Job Eliminations

ArcBest Corp. announced a 32 percent decline in third-quarter net income as revenue rose and executives announced a plan to restructure the company.

The company reported income of $12.9 million, down from $19.1 million in the same quarter of 2015. Earnings per share was 49 cents, down from 72 cents in the same quarter a year ago.

Quarterly revenue was $713.9 million, up 0.6 percent from the $709.4 million it reported in the third quarter of 2015.

ABF Freight, the company’s trucking division, reported a revenue drop to $509.4 million in the third quarter of 2016 from $511.3 million in the same quarter a year ago. The company said a continuing soft market caused a drop in rates and freight tonnage, which dropped from 855.9 tons to 831.8 tons.

The company's asset-light divisions saw a rise in revenue from $211.1 million a year ago to $217.9 million this year.

ArcBest CEO and Chairman Judy McReynolds also announced an organization change in which the asset-light divisions Panther Premium Logistics, ABF Logistics and ABF Moving will be combined under the ArcBest name, beginning in 2017.

McReynolds said about 130 employees' positions would be eliminated.  "I recognize this is difficult but necessary," McReynolds said.

ArcBest said the restructuring aims to "differentiate" the company's asset-light divisions from a crowded logistics market — "more loudly trumpet the ArcBest brand," McReynolds said. The company said it will save about $15 million annually because of the restructuring to combine sales, marketing, customer serve and other functions.

FleetNet, ArcBest’s maintenance division, is not affected by the restructuring.

ArcBest has focused on expanding its asset-light logistic services since acquiring Panther Expedited Services in 2012. ArcBest said its non-asset divisions represented 31 percent of its third-quarter revenue.

In 2015, McReynolds said the company goal was to have its asset-light revenue account for 50 percent of its overall revenue.

ArcBest has made several asset-light acquisitions since Panther, including Bear Transportation in 2015 and Logistics & Distribution Services LLC in September.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Federal Labor Board Rejects XPO's Latest Anti-Union Tactics

NLRB Dismisses Company’s ‘Frivolous’ Labor Objections

The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed six objections filed by XPO Logistics involving the Oct. 12 election in Aurora, Ill., which means the Teamsters are now certified as the workers’ bargaining representative. The union anticipates the company will appeal the decision to further delay the will of the workers.

“We expected and are pleased that the NLRB definitively rejected these frivolous charges as simply a desperate attempt by the company to delay the certification of the election,” said Tom Flynn, President of Teamsters Local 179 in Joliet, Ill. “We look forward to negotiating a strong first contract for the 74 drivers in Aurora.”

“This is good news, but the company continues to hire professional, high-priced union busters and attorneys to try to stop workers from forming their union,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Freight Division. “The hundreds of thousands of dollars the company spends should go to workers’ wages and benefits instead. This company needs to start honoring the will of its employees who choose to form their union as Teamsters, and it also needs to stop attempting to intimidate its workers who are exercising their federally protected rights to organize.”

Local 179 has filed 10 labor charges against XPO for its actions in Aurora.

The Aurora drivers at XPO voted for Teamster representation on Oct. 12, the same day that 127 warehouse workers in North Haven, Conn., voted to form their union as Teamsters. They join XPO workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and Vernon, Calif. who have already formed their union as Teamsters. On Nov. 10, XPO freight workers in the Philadelphia area will vote in their Teamsters election.

On Oct. 21, the NLRB certified the Teamsters as the bargaining representative for the workers in North Haven.

YRC FREIGHT DRIVERS CHOSEN AS FINALISTS FOR THE NEXT AMERICA’S ROAD TEAM

YRC Freight announced that professional drivers Bill Krouse, Thomas McIntosh and Jimmy Wisley have been selected as finalists to serve as America’s Road Team Captains by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Krouse, McIntosh and Wisely join an elite group of 33 professional drivers who will take part in the final selection process to be held in Washington DC early next year.  The America’s Road Team is a group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway. Those selected to the join the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team spend the next two years traveling the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry to the community, news media and public officials.

“Bill, Thomas and Jimmy are true champions of safety and are among the best drivers in the business. We are honored that they are representing YRC Freight with this nomination,” said Darren Hawkins, president of YRC Freight. “Their commitment to quality, unparalleled customer service and unmatched enthusiasm for the trucking profession make them remarkable ambassadors to the industry. We salute Bill, Thomas and Jimmy and thank them for their continued dedication to keeping our highways safe.”

Bill Krouse, based in Shakopee, Minnesota, has been a professional truck driver since he turned 18 years old. In 2015, he received the Minnesota Driver of the year award and is active with the Minnesota State Truck Driving Championships, having won a total of four times. In addition to ranking 12th in Nationals, he also won Rookie of the Year in 2004.

Thomas McIntosh, based in Aurora, Colorado, has been in the industry for over 40 years and with YRC Freight for 24 years. Over the years, Tom has received numerous safety awards and he recently served as a peer trainer at YRC Freight. In 2015, he was awarded the Leo Wozniak Award at the Colorado State Truck Driving Championships.

Jimmy Wisely, based in Wichita, Kanas, has driven for YRC Freight for 20 years. He’s placed thirteen times in state championships and in 2016 had his highest finish at National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis beating out 46 other competitors for 2nd place in the 3 axle division.