Wednesday, February 02, 2011

YRC Worldwide, ABF Freight System appeal gets expedited review

A federal appeals court has agreed to speed up its review of a lawsuit against YRC Worldwide Inc. and its union after the company warned that drawing out the process could harm its effort to restructure its finances.

On Tuesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis granted YRC’s motion for expedited review. It said it will hear arguments in the case during its April 11-15 session.

ABF Freight System Inc. sued YRC and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in November in federal court in Fort Smith, Ark., claiming that three rounds of work concessions negotiated between the two and approved by union members violated a national labor agreement that was supposed to apply to all unionized trucking firms.

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