Monday, November 07, 2005

Yellow Roadway Corp. to Expand Facility in Buffalo, New York

Yellow Roadway Corp. plans to invest over $1.5 million to lease, build out and equip an approximately 18,000 square foot, 83 person credit collection facility in Cheektowaga, NY. The project is expected to retain 264 existing jobs and create 83 new jobs.
Yellow Roadway Corp., founded in 1924, has grown to annual sales of over $8 billion with locations throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. The company employs over 2,000 in 29 locations across New York State.
"Yellow Roadway's decision to expand in Cheektowaga re-confirms the strength of one of Buffalo Niagara's greatest assets, its highly qualified and available work force," said Thomas A. Kucharski, President and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise. "Our work force, training incentives and strong transportation and logistics infrastructure combine to make the region a natural location for the company's long term growth."
In consideration of its commitment to New York State, Yellow Roadway Corporation is eligible to apply to Empire State Development for a Capital Grant of up to $150,000 to assist with lease costs, build out, furniture fixtures and equipment associated with set up of the facility.

Teamsters Host International Summit of Unions in Package Delivery Industry

The Teamsters Union this week will host union leaders from around the world who represent workers at the Big Four global package delivery and logistics companies, called integrators -- UPS, DHL, FedEx and TNT.
Officials attending the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) meeting are discussing ways their unions can work together to convert common interests into power in organizing and at the bargaining table of the Big Four global integrators.
"In this global economy, labor unions must see, think and plan beyond borders if we are to help gain strength and power for workers," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "The Teamsters are dedicated to this mission."
The Teamsters Union has created a new Office of Global Strategies to focus resources on building alliances with workers around the world as its dominance grows in the integrator industry.
The integrators' meeting includes union leaders from Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Canada, Belgium and Spain. The ITF represents 624 transport unions with 4.5 million transport workers from 142 countries. The Teamsters Union is the largest ITF affiliate in North America.
"Our members from these international unions are linked by the actions of corporations whose global executives make decisions that affect workers around the world," said C. Thomas Keegel, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer. "These multinational corporations have a global strategy. We must build a global strategy as well."