Saturday, March 16, 2013

Teamsters, ABF Continue 'Difficult and Complex' Negotiations

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) concluded another week of negotiations with ABF Freight Systems, Inc.

Negotiations continue to be difficult and the company continues to seek significant concessions in both economic and non-economic matters. TNFINC is continuing to try to seek ways to address the company's legitimate competitive and operational needs while at the same time protecting good middle class jobs and standards.

"These negotiations are difficult and complex," said Gordon Sweeton, Co-Chairman of the National ABF Negotiating Committee for TMFINC.  "We understand the company needs some relief. However, we are not willing to let the company destroy the standards we have fought for and established. While we have made some progress this week, much remains to be done. Fortunately, we have a skilled and talented bargaining team that understands the freight industry so we remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached sometime this month.

Negotiations will continue the week of March 25. Some progress was also made in negotiating local and area supplements.

Local union leaders should pay close attention to updates and be prepared to participate in conference calls as developments occur

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