Friday, November 04, 2016

Federal Labor Board Rejects XPO's Latest Anti-Union Tactics

NLRB Dismisses Company’s ‘Frivolous’ Labor Objections

The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed six objections filed by XPO Logistics involving the Oct. 12 election in Aurora, Ill., which means the Teamsters are now certified as the workers’ bargaining representative. The union anticipates the company will appeal the decision to further delay the will of the workers.

“We expected and are pleased that the NLRB definitively rejected these frivolous charges as simply a desperate attempt by the company to delay the certification of the election,” said Tom Flynn, President of Teamsters Local 179 in Joliet, Ill. “We look forward to negotiating a strong first contract for the 74 drivers in Aurora.”

“This is good news, but the company continues to hire professional, high-priced union busters and attorneys to try to stop workers from forming their union,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Freight Division. “The hundreds of thousands of dollars the company spends should go to workers’ wages and benefits instead. This company needs to start honoring the will of its employees who choose to form their union as Teamsters, and it also needs to stop attempting to intimidate its workers who are exercising their federally protected rights to organize.”

Local 179 has filed 10 labor charges against XPO for its actions in Aurora.

The Aurora drivers at XPO voted for Teamster representation on Oct. 12, the same day that 127 warehouse workers in North Haven, Conn., voted to form their union as Teamsters. They join XPO workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and Vernon, Calif. who have already formed their union as Teamsters. On Nov. 10, XPO freight workers in the Philadelphia area will vote in their Teamsters election.

On Oct. 21, the NLRB certified the Teamsters as the bargaining representative for the workers in North Haven.


YRC Freight announced that professional drivers Bill Krouse, Thomas McIntosh and Jimmy Wisley have been selected as finalists to serve as America’s Road Team Captains by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Krouse, McIntosh and Wisely join an elite group of 33 professional drivers who will take part in the final selection process to be held in Washington DC early next year.  The America’s Road Team is a group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway. Those selected to the join the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team spend the next two years traveling the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry to the community, news media and public officials.

“Bill, Thomas and Jimmy are true champions of safety and are among the best drivers in the business. We are honored that they are representing YRC Freight with this nomination,” said Darren Hawkins, president of YRC Freight. “Their commitment to quality, unparalleled customer service and unmatched enthusiasm for the trucking profession make them remarkable ambassadors to the industry. We salute Bill, Thomas and Jimmy and thank them for their continued dedication to keeping our highways safe.”

Bill Krouse, based in Shakopee, Minnesota, has been a professional truck driver since he turned 18 years old. In 2015, he received the Minnesota Driver of the year award and is active with the Minnesota State Truck Driving Championships, having won a total of four times. In addition to ranking 12th in Nationals, he also won Rookie of the Year in 2004.

Thomas McIntosh, based in Aurora, Colorado, has been in the industry for over 40 years and with YRC Freight for 24 years. Over the years, Tom has received numerous safety awards and he recently served as a peer trainer at YRC Freight. In 2015, he was awarded the Leo Wozniak Award at the Colorado State Truck Driving Championships.

Jimmy Wisely, based in Wichita, Kanas, has driven for YRC Freight for 20 years. He’s placed thirteen times in state championships and in 2016 had his highest finish at National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis beating out 46 other competitors for 2nd place in the 3 axle division.

ArcBest Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results

·         Third quarter 2016 revenue of $713.9 million and net income of $12.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share.

·         Third quarter ABF Freight® operating results were impacted by reduced freight levels. 

·         ArcBest’s asset-light revenue equaled 31 percent of total consolidated revenue in September 2016 following a recent acquisition.

ArcBest Corporation reported third quarter 2016 net income of $12.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2015 net income of $19.2 million, or $0.72 per diluted share.  The continued softness in the U.S. industrial economy impacted freight tonnage levels and profit margins at ABF Freight.  ArcBest’s asset-light logistics companies were highlighted by improved revenue and operating profit at Panther.

Excluding certain items in both periods, ArcBest’s non-GAAP net income was $12.7 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in third quarter 2016 compared to third quarter earnings of $20.2 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, last year.

“As we have seen throughout the year, pricing in the less-than-truckload sector remained rational despite a soft economic environment and we continued to experience benefits from investments in new equipment,” said ArcBest Chairman, President and CEO Judy R. McReynolds. “In addition, we continued to expand our asset-light logistics service offerings with the acquisition of Logistics & Distribution Services, as we add further scale to the full supply chain solutions our customers are seeking.”

Full report here.....