Friday, January 26, 2007

Teamsters to Continue Representing Newly Organized USF Bestway Workers

Contract Negotiations Begin February 1

YRC Regional Transportation has announced that it is combining its USF Bestway and USF Reddaway units, but the Teamsters will continue representing the nearly 400 newly organized freight members who worked at USF Bestway.

Contract negotiations, meanwhile, will begin February 1.

“The consolidation will not affect the Teamsters’ representation of the new members,” said Tyson Johnson, Teamsters National Freight Division Director. “The company has announced that it will provide pay raises to its nonunion employees at Reddaway, and we will fight to get the same pay raise and other improvements for our members who will come over from USF Bestway.”

In recent months, Bestway workers in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Modesto and San Leandro, all in California, and workers in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona, voted to join the Teamsters through a card-check agreement won by the union.

With USF Bestway merging with USF Reddaway, USF Reddaway will be about 70 percent union.

“The goal now is to organize the rest of the USF Reddaway workers so that they too have a strong voice on the job,” said Chuck Mack, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 70 in Oakland, California, who is taking part in the upcoming negotiations with USF Reddaway.

In addition to combining USF Bestway and USF Reddaway, the company announced that USF Holland will expand its service coverage in Arkansas, Kansas and Mississippi, and will acquire USF Bestway terminals in Little Rock, Arkansas; Wichita, Kansas; and Jackson, Mississippi.

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