Wednesday, October 30, 2013
CENTRAL REGION LOCAL CARTAGE TEAMSTERS OVERWHELMINGLY DECLINE TO AUTHORIZE A STRIKE AT ABF
Based upon this outcome, there will be no strike by employees in the affected region or anywhere else in the ABF nationwide system.
Consequently, in accordance with the IBT Constitution, TNFINC is going to poll the ABF Master Negotiating Committee within the next 24 hours to determine whether to accept ABF’s final offer on the last remaining open supplement.
The five-year ABF NMFA is the first such agreement that the company has negotiated on its own behalf. A majority of Teamster employees ratified the national agreement in June, and 26 of 27 supplements were ratified by mid-October.
After receiving the company’s last, best and final offer on their supplement, Central Region Local Cartage employees received strike authorization ballots in early October. Turnout was strong, with 77 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.