Wednesday, November 09, 2011


Say Ohioans Won’t Get Fooled Again

Ohio Teamsters’ leadership tonight said the defeat of Senate Bill 5 showed that Ohio voters support collective bargaining. SB5 would have stripped more than 350,000 public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

“On behalf of all Ohio Teamsters and organized labor, the citizens of Ohio sent a message to Gov. Kasich and the Koch brothers, ‘Keep your hands off our rights to collectively bargain’,” said William Lichtenwald, President of Teamsters Local 20 in Cincinnati and the Ohio Conference of Teamsters.

“I hope the politicians in Columbus wake up and start listening to the middle class and looking out for our interests as opposed to corporate interests,” said Randy Verst, president of Teamsters Joint Council 26 in Cincinnati.

“Extreme politicians tried to shift the burden of the economic crisis to the middle class,” said Al Mixon, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 507 in Cleveland and a Teamsters International Vice President. “They tried to destroy our basic right to freedom of speech, the freedom to negotiate, the freedom to have a voice in the workplace. SB5 doesn’t just affect labor, it affects everybody. If they take away our basic rights, then they’ll take away everybody’s. Fortunately, Ohioans have come together to defeat this bad legislation. We won’t get fooled again.”

“This isn’t just a big victory for the Teamster snowplow drivers, corrections officers and nurses who work for the State of Ohio. It’s a big victory for Ohio’s middle-class workers,” said Gary Tiboni, President of Teamsters Local 436 in Valley View; Mr. Tiboni is also, President of Joint Council 41.

Teamsters represent 55,000 workers in Ohio, including about 7,000 police officers, snowplow drivers, nurses and corrections officers.

ABF Launches Global Expedited LCL/LTL Featuring Service up to 40% Faster than Traditional Models

ABF has expanded its portfolio of global solutions to include Ocean LTL: a single-contact, expedited less-than-container-load/less-than-truckload (LCL/LTL) supply chain solution for customers who import from manufacturing centers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“By combining ABF’s innovative Dual-System® Network with top-tier NVOCC shipping, ABF is able to provide reliable global shipping solutions that offer importers unparalleled control and visibility,” said Roy Slagle, ABF senior vice president of sales and marketing, referring to ABF’s status as a non vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC). “Our new Ocean LTL service is a great compliment to our already successful FCL (full-container-load) business, which has been around since 2006.”

A service offered through ABF Global Supply Chain Services division, Ocean LTL features guaranteed weekly departures on a fixed day and schedule, which enables ABF to expedite shipments up to 40% faster than traditional LCL sources. Long-term planning is enhanced by advanced scheduling for consolidation and departures. In transit, virtual warehousing and dynamic rerouting enable on-the-water inventory allocation and order fulfillment directly from the container to the end-user or multiple delivery locations.

Customers experience truly seamless service from end-to-end. While Ocean LTL shipments may originate as LCL shipments overseas and deliver as LTL shipments in the US, customers benefit from one customer service contact trained to assist with end-to-end documentation services, seamless visibility via, and single-source pricing and invoicing.

“ABF handles everything,” Slagle continued. “We’re a synchronized local, regional and transcontinental motor carrier, a non-vessel operating common carrier, and a global logistics service provider—linked together by a state-of-the-art technology platform that is the envy of the industry.”