Monday, May 20, 2013


Two Representatives from Each Local Review, Endorse Contract

Leaders from about 160 Teamster local unions that represent ABF members unanimously endorsed a tentative master agreement and supplements today that covers 7,500 workers. The vote to support the tentative agreement and supplements paves the way for a vote by the members.

“Our members’ number one goal was to protect their health, welfare and pension benefits and we achieved this despite all the financial challenges the company is facing,” said Gordon Sweeton, Co-Chairman of the National ABF Negotiating Committee for the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC). “We also protected good Teamster freight jobs.”

The union negotiating committee has unanimously endorsed the tentative agreement.

The Teamsters were able to defeat numerous attempted takeaways sought by the company, including major cuts to health, welfare and pension benefits.

The tentative agreement does call for a 7 percent wage reduction, but that will be entirely recouped by the fifth year of the contract.

“Nobody ever wants to see a pay cut, but in light of the company’s struggles and our desire to see the company survive, something needed to be done,” Sweeton said. “It is in our best interests, as well as ABF’s, that this company be given a chance to climb out of this deep recession so that our members’ futures are protected.”

Ballots will be mailed out on or about June 3 and are due back on or about June 27 and will then be counted.


Anonymous said...

How in the world you can be proud of this contract I do not know. So while even general companies give 2 weeks vacation, some of us will be sent back to just one week because we only have 2. And cutting the 15 minute break to 10 minutes?? Really??? Your nests are already feathered so I guess it doesn't bother any of you that we will not have a middle class anymore. The Unions apparently think more of Big Buisness than their members. James hoffa Jr you should be ashamed to bear the name of your father.

Anonymous said...

You are so right ashamed.Hes not worried about us hes hanging with millionaires.

The same people he dogs out in front of everybody.

shebastar7 said...

anybody know what terminals will close after??

shebastar7 said...

what terminals will close?? they are saying 40 and 2 dc,s

Anonymous said...

Winston Salem and Little Rock