Jumat, 23 Desember 2011


A Message from Jim Hoffa, General President

General Secretary-Treasurer Tom Keegel and I would like to wish a happy holiday season to our Teamster brothers and sisters throughout North America.

During these difficult economic times, Teamsters continued to work hard, negotiate great contracts and organize thousands of new Teamsters. I’m confident 2012 has great things in store for us, but it’s

New Rule Bans Use Of Hand-Held Mobile Phones While Driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that essentially bans the use of hand-held mobile telephones while operating a commercial motor vehicle beginning December 23.

Read the fact sheet here.


Official Statement From General President James Hoffa

The following is the official statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final hours of service rule for commercial motor vehicle drivers:

“We said all along that an hours of service rule has to protect highway safety and our truck drivers’ health. We are reviewing the

Kamis, 22 Desember 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation Takes Action to Ensure Truck Driver Rest Time and Improve Safety Behind the Wheel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a final rule that employs the latest research in driver fatigue to make sure truck drivers can get the rest they need to operate safely when on the road. The new rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revises the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck

Rabu, 21 Desember 2011

U.S. trucking recovery slows to a crawl in November, index shows

U.S. freight levels continued to climb in November but at an ever-slowing pace, according to the latest data from the American Trucking Associations
The trade group’s truck tonnage index increased 0.3 percentage points last month after increasing a revised 0.4 percentage points in October. ATA’s advance, seasonally adjusted index of for-hire truck tonnage initially showed a 0.5 percentage point

Sabtu, 17 Desember 2011

YRC CEO: Glen Moore may not be last of property sales

The property sale at YRC Worldwide Inc. may not be over

A day after the Overland Park-based trucking company announced it was unloading subsidiary Glen Moore, CEO James Welch said in an interview that company officials still are looking for ways to shrink their portfolio.

“There are other things that don’t necessarily complement what we do that we’ll be looking at,” he said. “There’s still

Kamis, 15 Desember 2011

YRC Worldwide Sells Assets of Its Glen Moore Truckload Subsidiary

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced it sold a significant portion of the assets of its Glen Moore truckload operating subsidiary to Celadon Trucking Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Celadon Group Inc., one of North America's largest truckload carriers. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed."Less-than-truckload shipping is what we do best. Our efforts are precisely focused on regaining

FMCSA to release new HOS rule December 22

The Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have set Thursday, Dec. 22 as the date the FMCSA will release the final rule on Hours of Service, a source has told The Trucker.The agency had promised to release the rule no later than Dec. 28 as part of the court settlement between the FMCSA and safety advocacy groups who have successfully challenged HOS rules

YRC hauling more loads as businesses stock up

The national trucking industry, like a lot of businesses, got beaten up by the recession.On the positive side, trucking companies are among the businesses that tend to be on the leading edge of recoveries as well as downturns, and there are some encouraging signs.Rick Hoogendoorn, director of the YRC customer support center , sees an uptick in companies stocking up on inventory. Full Story.......

Kamis, 08 Desember 2011


Thanks to Teamsters, Vice President Joe Biden’s residence in Washington, D.C. is decorated nicely for the holidays.Teamsters delivered one big Fraser fir tree and two smaller (just over 11 feet) trees from western Michigan to Washington, D.C. on trucks with Teamsters at the helm. The trees are from Wahmhoff Farms Nursery in Gobles, Mich., and they also supply Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Christmas

New Rule Bans Use of Hand-Held Mobile Phones While Driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that essentially bans the use of hand-held mobile telephones while operating a commercial motor vehicle beginning December 23, 2011. Fact Sheet.......

Rabu, 30 November 2011

YRC Worldwide Announces Preliminary Voting Results from Annual Stockholder Meeting; Board of Directors Approves Reverse Stock Split

YRC Worldwide Inc. announced the preliminary results of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders held today, November 30, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan. During the meeting, security holders authorized the company's board of directors to effect a reverse stock split of YRC Worldwide's common stock and to proportionately reduce the number of authorized shares of common stock with the ratio and timing of


Hoffa: Federal Regulators Must Protect Workers' Health And SafetyTeamsters General President Jim Hoffa today said federal regulators should put the health and welfare of American truck drivers above the greed of the trucking industry.Hoffa’s comment came before a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and

Jumat, 25 November 2011

Strengthening Trucking Sector Begins to Shine Its Light on YRC Worldwide

While headlines keep pushing the panic button regarding the US economic recovery, the trucking industry continues to paint a far brighter picture. The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Chief Economist Bob Costello recently reported that "tonnage readings continue to show that the economy is growing and not sliding back into recession." The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in

Rabu, 23 November 2011

Teamsters Sue To Close Border To Unsafe, Polluting Mexican Trucks

Hoffa: Pilot Program Is An Attack on American Truckers and Warehouse WorkersThe Teamsters on Wednesday sued to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from opening the U.S. border to dangerous Mexican trucks through an illegal pilot program."Opening the border to these dangerous, dirty trucks is an attack on highway safety, an attack on American truckers and warehouse workers, an attack on

Selasa, 22 November 2011

UPS Sets 2012 Rates

New Pricing Takes Effect Jan. 2, 2012UPS released new published rates for 2012, including a net increase of 4.9 percent for UPS Ground packages and a net increase of 4.9 percent on all UPS Air services and U.S.-origin international shipments.The rate increase for UPS Ground shipments is based on a 5.9 percent increase in the base rate, less a 1 percentage point reduction to the index-based ground

Jumat, 18 November 2011

YRC is Recognized by Security Magazine in its Annual List of the Security 500

YRC security ranks in the elite Top 5 for the comprehensive transportation industryYRC, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. ranks among the elite Top 5 in the comprehensive transportation category in Security magazine's 2011 "Security 500" list.The transportation rankings, released in the November 2011 edition of the magazine, cover transportation, logistics, supply chain, distribution, and


Teamsters General Executive Board Passes Resolution Following Eviction In New YorkThe General Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters unanimously passed a resolution today supporting the right of protesters at Occupy Wall Street to assemble at Liberty Park. The Teamsters further commended New York Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings for issuing a restraining order this morning

Rabu, 09 November 2011


Say Ohioans Won’t Get Fooled AgainOhio 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

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

Sabtu, 05 November 2011

YRC on the road back to basics

With its finances under control again, YRC Worldwide Inc. has returned to “Freight 101” to win back customers, CEO James Welch said Friday.Welch, who this week completed 100 days on the job, outlined several changes the Overland Park-based trucking company embraced to repair the poor service and inefficient operations he found upon returning to the company. Welch had been head of the company’s

YRC Worldwide Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

- YRC National tons per day up 4.2%, revenue per hundredweight up 7.5%, operating revenue up 11.5%- Regional tons per day up 5.6%, revenue per hundredweight up 8.2%, operating revenue up 14.3%- New leadership at YRC National; organization changes at parent company and shared servicesYRC Worldwide Inc. today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2011.Consolidated operating revenue

Jumat, 04 November 2011

YRC Worldwide Appoints Jamie G. Pierson as Chief Financial Officer

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced that Jamie G. Pierson, 42, has been appointed the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer effective immediately. Pierson recently served as the company's interim chief financial officer since August 2011."We are extremely pleased and very fortunate that Jamie has agreed to come on board," said James Welch, chief executive officer - YRC

Selasa, 01 November 2011

ABF No. 30 Chevrolet Ready For Texas

Home sweet home in the Lone Star state… James Buescher won’t have to travel far to race this weekend; the Plano, Texas-native currently resides in Katy, Texas, just outside Houston. The 21-year-old has a long and storied history at Texas Motor Speedway, winning his first championship in a Bandolero car at the track when he was 14-years-old. In 2010, he claimed Turner Motorsports first NASCAR pole

UPS Freight Takes the Guesswork Out of LTL Pickups

Company Is First To Provide Full Visibility For Freight PickupsUPS today announced the launch of UPS Freight Pickup Notifications for LTL, providing an unprecedented level of pickup control for the less-than-truckload industry.The new feature for LTL shipments provides customers visibility of the pickup process by confirming when a pickup is scheduled, informing them when the UPS Freight driver

Arkansas Best Corporation Names James A. Ingram Senior Vice President - Strategic Development

Arkansas Best Corporation announces the appointment of James A. Ingram to the position of Senior Vice President – Strategic Development, effective today. Mr. Ingram, who is 44 years old, has been with the corporation for 21 years and currently serves as Arkansas Best's Vice President – Strategic Development. In this role, Mr. Ingram has responsibility for the strategic growth initiatives of

Jumat, 28 Oktober 2011

ABF Announces Third Quarter 2011 Results

Arkansas Best Corporation today announced third quarter 2011 net income of $12.3 million, or $0.46 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per share in the third quarter of 2010. Arkansas Best’s third quarter 2011 performance reflects strong improvement from its largest subsidiary, ABF Freight System, Inc. ABF produced healthy revenue and profit growth that resulted from

NASDAQ Panel Grants YRC Worldwide's Request for Continued Listing

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced that the company received a positive determination from the NASDAQ Hearings Panel (the "Panel") indicating that the Panel had granted the company's request to remain listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market. In its decision, the Panel indicated that it had determined to exercise its discretionary authority to apply NASDAQ's financial viability exception retroactively

Teamsters Call on Obama To Move Forward on HOS

The Teamsters union and highway safety advocates have asked President Obama to "expeditiously more forward" on the new hours of service rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.Citing statistics on truck crashes that they said cost the nation $20 billion in 2009, the labor and safety advocates said in an Oct. 7 letter to Obama that the proposed reduction in driver hours "

Rabu, 26 Oktober 2011

YRC revamps sales, operations structure

Move marks first major organizational change under new presidentLess-than-truckload carrier YRC Worldwide Inc. has reorganized its top sales, marketing, and operational workforces in the first major realignment under new president Jeff Rogers.Under the reorganization, YRC is consolidating its divisions from four regions to two, according to an internal memo issued Monday by Rogers. The West

Selasa, 25 Oktober 2011

UPS Earnings Per Share Rise 14 Percent on 8 Percent Revenue Growth in 3Q

U.S. Domestic and Supply Chain & Freight Lead the Way; Free Cash Flow Exceeds $3.7 BillionUPS today announced diluted earnings per share of $1.06 for the third quarter of 2011, a 14% improvement over the adjusted $0.93 for the prior-year period. Total revenue increased 8% to $13.2 billion.The results were driven by the U.S. Domestic and Supply Chain & Freight segments. U.S. Domestic operating

Nearly 20 Years After NAFTA, First Mexican Truck Arrives In U.S. Interior

Nearly two decades after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the first Mexican truck ventured into the U.S. under provisions of the controversial treaty.With little fanfare, a white tractor-trailer with Mexican license plates entered the courtyard of the Atlas Copco facility in Garland, Texas on Saturday afternoon to unload a Mexico-manufactured metal structure for drilling

Rabu, 19 Oktober 2011

Hoffa: Mexican Truck Pilot Program Will Be a Repeat Fiasco

Press Conference with U.S. Reps Hunter (R-CA), Filner (D-CA) Shines Light on Safety IssuesTeamsters General President Jim Hoffa said today that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) cross-border truck pilot program will fail. His remarks came at a news conference at California's busiest border crossing, with U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Todd Spencer,

House Leaders Want to Halt HOS Changes

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have asked President Obama to withdraw the administration’s proposed changes to the hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers.House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in an Oct. 5 letter to Obama that withdrawing the proposed changes is an “opportunity to avoid adding another $1 billion in

Kamis, 13 Oktober 2011


Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Transportation Department’s delay of the first permit for a Mexican trucking company to start traveling freely throughout the United States. The delay was based on safety concerns raised by the Teamsters Union and its allies.“The U.S. Transportation Department was right in heeding our safety concerns and

OOIDA comments prompt second look at cross-border applicant

In spite of having passed a Pre-Authority Safety Audit by the Federal Motor Carrier SafetyAdministration, the agency has decided to deny Grupo Behr access to the long-haul program in response to issues raised by OOIDA and two other groups.FMCSA announced on Aug. 25 in the Federal Register that Mexico-domiciled motor carrier Grupo Behr had passed its Pre-Authority Safety Audit, or PASA, and

The No. 6 UPS Freight Ford Takes On A New Look

The last time this season the UPS Freight Ford hit the track David Ragan earned his first Sprint Cup pole starting position and went on to earn a seventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. The UPS Freight Ford will take to the track for the second time this season this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but will take on a whole new design that was chosen by UPS employees. The No. 6 might

Selasa, 11 Oktober 2011

YRC Worldwide Schedules Third Quarter 2011 Conference Call

YRC Worldwide Inc. will hold a conference call with the investment community on Friday, November 4, 2011, beginning at 9:30am ET, 8:30am CT. Chief Executive Officer James Welch and Interim Chief Financial Officer Jamie Pierson will host the call. Third quarter earnings will be released the same day, Friday, November 4, 2011, prior to the opening of the market.The call will be webcast and can be

Minggu, 09 Oktober 2011

David McAllister Earns Platinum Driving Award for Accident-Free Driving

David McAllister, an ABF city driver domiciled in Salisbury, Mass., has earned an ABF Platinum Safe Driving Award, becoming just the sixth driver to earn this distinction. The Platinum Award recognizes city drivers who have driven accident-free for more than 60,000 consecutive hours."David McAllister has earned the highest safety award available to an ABF city driver, previously attained by just

Jumat, 07 Oktober 2011

ABF Earns American Trucking Associations Excellence in Security Award

ABF has been recognized by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) for exceptional security practices—earning the 2011 Excellence in Security Award from the ATA Supply Chain Security and Loss Prevention Council. The award was presented at the Supply Chain Security and Law Enforcement Conference at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., October 4-5, 2011. Including the inaugural award in

Senin, 03 Oktober 2011

Matthew Letter Promoted to ABF Vice President of Sales

Matthew Letter will assume the role of vice president of sales at ABF effective January 1, 2012.A 23-year veteran of the company, Letter has served the past 12 years as ABF regional vice president of sales in Chicago. “In his new position, Matt will be responsible for the sales management of ABF’s 10 field regions throughout North America, as well as our Inside Sales Center in Fort Smith,” said

Rabu, 28 September 2011

Nine ABF Freight-Handling Professionals Selected for the 2012 Load Team

ABF has selected nine freight-handling professionals for the 2012 Load Team, an elite group of freight-handling professionals from across ABF’s North American network. The Load Team members and their customer service centers are: Dwayne Cannon – Atlanta, Ga.Detric Cathey – Little Rock, Ark.Jon Donahey – Dayton, Ohio Kim Hodgin – Winston-Salem, N.C.Tony Olson – Kansas City, Mo.

Selasa, 27 September 2011

YRC Worldwide Announces Changes to Its Corporate Organizational Structure

Jeff Rogers Named YRC President; Mike Naatz Named Holland PresidentYRC Worldwide Inc. today announced the appointments of Jeff Rogers as YRC president and Mike Naatz as Holland president. Both will report directly to James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide. The company also announced additional changes to its corporate organizational structure with the elimination of the following positions: Chief

Jumat, 23 September 2011

The demonstrated danger of cross-border trucking

New evidence suggests that the U.S. Department of Transportation is fully aware of the dangers inherent in opening our border to unsafe Mexican trucks.The Teamsters union has long warned that opening the border to Mexican trucks endangers America’s highway safety and threatens U.S. warehouse and trucking jobs. We’ve been making that argument during the 17 years since the North American Free Trade

Rabu, 21 September 2011

ABF President and CEO Wesley B. Kemp to Retire; Roy M. Slagle Named His Successor

Arkansas Best Corporation today announced that Wesley B. Kemp, current President and Chief Executive Officer of its largest subsidiary, ABF Freight System, Inc., will retire on December 31, 2011. Roy M. Slagle, ABF's current Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will become ABF's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2012.Mr. Kemp, who is 65 years old, has served as

Selasa, 20 September 2011

YRC Worldwide Announces Results of Special Stockholder Meeting

YRC Worldwide Inc. announced today that a Special Meeting of Stockholders of YRC Worldwide was held on September 16th, 2011. At the meeting, stockholders of YRC Worldwide approved the merger agreement between YRC Worldwide and a recently formed wholly-owned subsidiary, YRC Merger Sub, Inc., whereby YRC Worldwide is the surviving corporation of the merger. In connection with the merger, the

Minggu, 18 September 2011


Today, YRCW held a special meeting of its shareholders to approve the final step in its restructuring. When the restructuring transaction closed on July 22, 2011, it required a merger of corporate entities in the fall to complete the restructuring. In the shareholder vote, 99 percent of all shares voted to approve the merger. In concert with this approval, all preferred shares issued in

YRC says its directors actually are taking pay cuts

YRC Worldwide Inc. wants to set the record straight about the compensation it’s providing to its board of directors.A couple weeks ago, I reported about a securities filing from the Overland Park-based trucking company detailing pay for its new board, which took over in the summer after YRC completed its financial restructuring.The story noted that YRC planned to pay its directors a cash retainer

Rabu, 14 September 2011


U.S. DOT Plans To Start Pilot Program Within Next Few MonthsThe Teamsters have filed suit to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from opening the U.S. border to Mexican trucks through an illegal pilot program.The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Public Citizen challenged the program in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The suit, filed last week, claims the

YRC Worldwide Recognized on 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Leading Technology Innovators

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced that it has been named to the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. The 2011 list was revealed last night at the awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference held in Dana Point, CA.As part of the survey for the ranking, InformationWeek evaluated the YRC Remodeling the

Senin, 12 September 2011

ABF Celebrates Excellence During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

ABF is celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17, 2011, with a system-wide campaign commemorating excellence in transportation. Called, "Setting the Bar," the campaign underscores the fundamental role of transportation industry employees in building and sustaining economic growth."There is something to be said for setting the bar high," said ABF President and Chief

Kamis, 25 Agustus 2011

Carrying on the trucking tradition

James Welch, the transportation industry veteran recently named CEO of YRC Worldwide, is serious when he says "trucking is in my blood."

My dad was a trucker for 41 years," says Welch. "He started working on the dock, then became a road driver. He spent the last 27 years of his career in linehaul as a dispatcher."

While much has changed since Welch visited his dad at work, the essence of the


Majorities of clerical workers at five UPS Freight terminals across the country have signed authorization cards to join the Teamsters, International Vice President and Package Division Director Ken Hall announced today.

The majorities in these terminals were certified by an independent arbitrator less than two months after Hall’s announcement at the 28th International Convention that the

YRC Worldwide Companies Are Presented With Six Quest for Quality Awards By Logistics Management Magazine

YRC Worldwide Inc. is pleased to announce its companies are the recipients of six awards across five categories in the 2011 Quest for Quality readership survey by Logistics Management magazine.

"It is an honor for our companies to be recognized again this year by Logistics Management," said James Welch, chief executive officer - YRC Worldwide. "The survey results demonstrate that our customers

Rabu, 24 Agustus 2011

Trucking Weakens in July, American Trucking Associations Says

Trucking joined several other sectors in a July slowdown that was the third pullback in the past four months, according to the latest data from the American Trucking Associations.

The trade group’s truck tonnage index fell 1.3 percent last month after accelerating a revised 2.6 percent in June.

Even the June figure was lower. ATA’s advance seasonally adjusted index of for-hire truck tonnage

Kamis, 18 Agustus 2011


Call On FMSCA To Conduct Full Environmental Review Of Proposed Pilot Program

In comments submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Sierra Club raised serious concerns with the failure of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to adequately assess the environmental impacts associated with the proposed U.S.-Mexico

Reddaway professional drivers capture top awards at the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships

Reddaway is proud to announce that two professional drivers captured top awards at the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) on Aug. 9–13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Jeff Payne, a Utah driver, placed first in the Twin Trailers Class competition. Payne has been in the transportation industry for 25 years and with Reddaway for the past 18 years. Payne was

New Penn Motor Express, Inc. Celebrates 80th Anniversary

New Penn Motor Express, Inc., a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. celebrates its 80th anniversary serving the next-day LTL transportation needs of customers in the Northeast.

Founded in 1931 by Cloyd F. Erdley and Henry R. Arnold, the partners started the company with $300 in capital and an innovative idea: Provide next-day transportation for shipments moving between Eastern Pennsylvania and New

Selasa, 16 Agustus 2011

YRC Worldwide Professional Drivers Capture Top Awards at the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships

YRC Worldwide Inc. is proud to announce that four of its professional drivers captured top awards at this year's National Truck Driving Championships, held Aug. 9-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. YRC Worldwide sent a team of 42 outstanding professional drivers from its Holland, Reddaway and YRC subsidiaries to the annual competition.

Jeff Payne, a Reddaway driver from

Senin, 15 Agustus 2011

2011 Bendix National Truck Driving Champions Crowned

Paul Phillips, a Con-way Freight professional truck driver from Coarsegold, Calif. was named the 2011 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. Paul's driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 428 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Orlando, Fla. The

Rabu, 10 Agustus 2011

Fix the economy with more stimulus spending

James P. Hoffa

The debt deal passed by Congress last week looks like a tragic failure to learn the lessons of history.

I'm afraid that too little federal spending will strangle our economy as it did in the early 1930s. Back then, the country was in dire straits after the stock market crashed and banks collapsed. One-quarter of the work force was unemployed, manufacturing fell by half and banks


Official Statement Of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

“As our 45,000 brothers and sisters walk the picket lines today, I want to let them know there are 1.4 million Teamsters supporting their fight for respect and justice in the workplace.

“We cannot allow Verizon to strip away benefits and protections on the job for no other reason then to further enhance their profits. Verizon’s

YRC Worldwide restructuring delivers credit upgrade from Standard & Poor’s

Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC has upgraded its corporate credit rating of YRC Worldwide Inc. not long after a downgrade tied to the trucking giant’s financial restructuring.

Standard & Poor’s ratings agency on Tuesday changed its opinion of Overland Park-based YRC to “CCC” from “SD,” or selective default, and said the outlook was “stable.”

Full Story.....

Kamis, 04 Agustus 2011

National Truck Driving Championship Competition to Include 18 ABF Drivers

Championship drivers from 10 states will represent ABF at the 74th National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Fla., August 9-13, 2011. Professional drivers earn the right to compete in the National Championships by winning state driving championships and by maintaining accident-free driving records for the preceding year.Among the competitors representing ABF are three-time National

Rabu, 03 Agustus 2011

ABF Announces Second Quarter 2011 Results

Arkansas Best Corporation announced second quarter 2011 net income of $5.3 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to a net loss of $7.4 million, or $0.30 per share, in the second quarter of 2010.Arkansas Best’s second quarter 2011 return to profitability was primarily a result of ABF’s healthy tonnage levels combined with an emphasis on increased account pricing. ABF improved its operating ratio

Mike Smid Departs YRC Worldwide

Mike Smid, president of YRC Inc. and YRC Worldwide’s chief operations officer, has retired, the company said.Smid’s retirement was effective Friday, the less-than-truckload carrier said in a statement. He had been with the company in a variety of positions since 2000. Full Story....

Teamsters Join in American Crystal Contract Dispute

One of the nation's biggest unions is showing its support for American Crystal Sugar Union workers.The Teamsters Union issued a statement Monday saying they will not be making deliveries to plants for the duration of the lockout.There's a possibility that it could have a major affect on American Crystal Sugar plants due in part that some of their biggest deliveries are made by Teamsters

Selasa, 26 Juli 2011


The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on YRCW’s new CEO and board of directors:“The Teamsters Union is pleased to welcome James L. Welch to the position of CEO of YRC Worldwide Inc. and new board members Harry J. Wilson and Doug Carty. On behalf of our members, we insisted on playing a key role in the decisions regarding the selection of new management and the

Minggu, 24 Juli 2011

Welch confirmed as YRC's next CEO

LTL trucker completes restructuring, posts Q2 results as Zollars retiresIn one of the most significant days in its history, less-than-truckload carrier YRC Worldwide Inc. today named a new CEO and eight-member board of directors, formally announced the retirement of the executive who has run the company since 1999, completed a financial restructuring critical to its ongoing success, and released


Transaction Boosts Company's Liquidity, Provides Path To RecoveryThe plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs has been successfully completed, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced today.“The completion of the restructuring is a significant accomplishment in our efforts to preserve good jobs,” Hoffa said. “Make no mistake, this

YRC to wrap up $500 million restructuring, name new CEO

Trucking giant YRC Worldwide Inc. is set for an extreme corporate makeover today.The Overland Park-based company will report its second-quarter results this morning, is to complete a $500 million restructuring later in the day and is expected to cap off its news by naming a new chief executive officer.The leading candidate is James L. Welch, according to sources with knowledge of the company’s

Rabu, 20 Juli 2011

YRC Worldwide Schedules Second Quarter Conference Call

YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) will hold a conference call for the investment community on Friday, July 22, 2011, beginning at 9:30am ET, 8:30am CT. Second quarter earnings will be released the same day, Friday, July 22, 2011, prior to the opening of the market. The call will be available to listeners live and by recorded playback via the YRC Worldwide Internet site yrcw.com.

YRCW is latest carrier to roll out a 2011 rate increase

Less-than-truckload transportation services provider YRC Worldwide is the most recent market player to announce a 2011 general rate increase.The company yesterday rolled out an average GRI of 6.9 percent which will cover non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with increases varying by lane and shipment type, according to company officials.And YRCW added that these

Senin, 18 Juli 2011


Statement from Tyson Johnson, Co-Chairman, TINFINCOn July 6, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis, MO issued its decision on the appeal filed by ABF in its lawsuit against the union and the YRCW companies, regarding the financial relief that was given to the YRCW companies to help them survive the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. As you may recall,

Minggu, 17 Juli 2011

CIO Magazine Lists ABF Among Its 2011 Information Technology Innovators

ABF has been named a recipient of a 2011 CIO 100 award. In announcing the winners in its 24th annual program, CIO magazine said the organizations chosen "exemplify the highest level of operation and strategic excellence in information technology (IT) and use IT in innovative ways to create business value."ABF earned a spot on the distinguished listing for its use of IT in leveraging supply chain

YRC Worldwide Projects Second Half Operating Profit

Troubled trucking giant forecasts operating profit forsecond half, post restructuringYRC Worldwide expects its revenue to rise about $600 million this year to $4.9 billion and to report an operating profit of $4.2 million in the second half.The company didn’t say how it would turn a projected $69.1 million operating loss in the first half into an operating profit, but it has high hopes for the

Kamis, 14 Juli 2011

YRC Worldwide Sends 41 Drivers to the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships

YRC Worldwide Inc. announced today that 41 of its professional drivers will compete at the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) to be held Aug. 9 – 13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The YRC Worldwide team includes 33 drivers from YRC, five from Holland and three from Reddaway."Reaching the NTDC is like making it to the Super Bowl," says Mike Smid,

Senin, 11 Juli 2011

Teamsters, YRCW Approve Key Component in Restructuring Plan

Asset-Based Lending Facility Important Element in Maintaining Operational LiquidityTeamsters General President Hoffa and The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee are pleased to announce further positive momentum in the restructuring plan to protect 25,000 Teamster freight jobs at YRC Worldwide, Inc.TNFINC, along with lenders and YRCW, has approved final terms for an

YRC Worldwide Obtains Commitments for $400 Million Asset-Based Loan Facility

Significant milestone reached as company moves toward closing its financial restructuring planYRC Worldwide Inc. announced today it has obtained commitments for a three-year, $400 million asset-based loan (ABL) facility that will replace the company's existing asset-backed securitization (ABS) facility. Commitments for the ABL facility comply with the agreements reached April 29, 2011, with key

Sabtu, 09 Juli 2011

Christopher C. Wren Named Senior Vice President and Treasurer of YRC Worldwide

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced that Christopher C. Wren has been named senior vice president and treasurer for the corporation. Most recently, Wren served as president of the consulting firm Power I.T., LLC. Previously, he was vice president of corporate development for H&R Block; vice president of product development for Positive Networks, Inc.; and served in a variety of roles with

Freight firms in price hike

Two US freight firms have said they will increase prices over the next month and analysts expect others to follow. In two very similarly worded announcements, UPS Freight, the fourth largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in the US, and ABF Freight announced they planned to hike rates by 6.9%. UPS said its rate adjustment for non-contractual shipments would take place on 1 August and would

Rabu, 06 Juli 2011


Teamsters General President Vows To Fight Plan That Threatens Jobs, Highway Safety And Border SecurityTeamsters General President Jim Hoffa today castigated the U.S. Department of Transportation for agreeing to open the border to long-haul Mexican trucks. Opening the border endangers America’s highway safety, border security and warehouse and trucking jobs.Hoffa said the program is probably

ABF Wins Appeal Against Teamsters, YRC and TMI

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (St. Louis) reversed and remanded a lower court's previous dismissal of ABF's lawsuit against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, YRC, Inc., Trucking Management, Inc. and other related entities. ABF is very pleased with this decision and looks forward to further proceedings on its lawsuit seeking to level the playing field

ABF wins appeal; case returns to federal court

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday (July 6) in favor of Arkansas Best Corp., which returns the company’s lawsuit against YRC and the Teamsters back to a federal district court in Little Rock.On Nov. 1, Arkansas Best Corp. — the parent company of ABF Freight System — filed a lawsuit seeking the $750 million in financial damages from alleged violations of a National Master Freight

Court overturns decision denying ABF’s challenge to YRC concessions

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling that ABF Freight System Inc. lacked the ability to challenge a series of wage and benefit concessions reached in 2009 and 2010 between YRC Worldwide Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled on Wednesday that the case be returned to the Arkansas court for further

Jumat, 10 Juni 2011


The Teamsters Union has filed a grievance to put a halt to YRC Worldwide, Inc.’s outsourcing of clerical work that should be done by Teamster members.The grievance was filed on Tuesday, June 7. In addition, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa sent a letter protesting YRCW’s actions to the company’s chief operating officer, Michael J. Smid.It is the Teamsters’ contention that YRCW has outsourced

Kamis, 02 Juni 2011

YRC Worldwide resumes Teamsters plan contributions

YRC Worldwide Inc., Overland Park, Kan., on Wednesday resumed making contributions to its union pension plans after a 23-month hiatus, but the contributions are 75% less than they had been.On Feb. 28, YRC Worldwide and the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee approved a restructuring plan to help the company avoid bankruptcy and improve liquidity. Under the agreement, YRC was

Jumat, 27 Mei 2011

ABF Driver Tom Martin Named Wyoming Trucking Association Driver of the Year

ABF driver Tom Martin has been awarded the Wyoming Trucking Association Driver of the Year Award. The Award recognizes superior driving skills and excellent safety records. Martin received the award during the WTA Luncheon of Champions, conducted in Casper, Wyo., on May 13."It is due to the dedication and leadership of outstanding employees like Tom Martin that ABF enjoys a great reputation as a

Senin, 23 Mei 2011

America's Road Team Captains Remind Motorists to Be Safe During Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day serves as the start for the busy summer driving season and AAA estimates that nearly 35 million motorists will travel this holiday weekend. So as motorists prepare for the Memorial Day vacations, a team of professional truck drivers are helping to make our roads safer.America's Road Team Captains, elite professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles, are offering

U.S. freight economy will grow significantly, American Trucking Associations says

The U.S. freight economy is on track to “grow significantly” during the next decade, led by acceleration in the trucking industry, according to a forecast by American Trucking Associations.The trade association’s U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2022 predicts that freight tonnage will grow 24 percent by 2022, with revenue ticking up even more — 66 percent.“The trucking industry continues

Truck safety push unites police, labor and crash survivors

The pictures were lovely: portraits of parents, a couple on their wedding day, children, entire families. The stories were gut-wrenching. All those in the photos were dead, killed in crashes with large trucks.As family members stood behind a lectern in a Senate hearing room earlier this month, holding their memories, they were united by their losses and their resolve to improve truck safety,

Rabu, 18 Mei 2011

Road Team Captain Touts Trucking, Transportation Careers in White House Visit

Ralph Garcia, a professional truck driver with ABF Freight System Inc. and a member of America's Road Team, told Obama administration officials about the rewards, and challenges, of a career in trucking during a White House forum as part of National Transportation Week."It was an honor to be invited to the White House to promote something I believe in so strongly – the importance of the trucking

Holland named 2010 Regional Carrier of the Year by Echo Global Logistics, Inc.

Holland, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., was honored with the 2010 Regional Carrier of the Year award from Echo Global Logistics, a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. This is the second consecutive year Echo has presented Holland with this award.In making their selection, Echo rated its transportation providers on ten criteria they deem

Walmart Awards YRC Its National LTL Carrier of the Year Award

Walmart is honoring 10 of its transportation suppliers for their performance in delivering to Walmart distribution centers.Each year, Walmart recognizes transportation suppliers that have demonstrated excellence or exhibited significant improvement in meeting core business objectives, including small parcel, less-than-truckload and intermodal."This year’s winners have shown a commitment to supply

Selasa, 17 Mei 2011

Hoffa: The Public Opposes Illegal, Unsafe Mexican Truck Program

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today said the U.S. Department of Transportation should listen to the American public and not open the border to dangerous Mexican trucks because of concerns about job loss, border security, highway safety and the legality of the program itself.Teamsters and other Americans submitted more than a thousand comments opposing the DOT plan to open the border

Senin, 16 Mei 2011

TCA Names Lonnie Willis a Highway Angel

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Lonnie Willis, a professional truck driver for ABF Freight System, Inc., of Amarillo, Texas, as its latest Highway Angel.On March 24, 2011, Willis was approaching a busy intersection in downtown Amarillo when an ambulance suddenly approached from behind with its lights flashing and sirens wailing. Willis began to slow down, but apparently the car in


ABF service centers in Vancouver, British Columbia; Altoona, Penn.; Laredo, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah, are scheduled to receive the prestigious President's Quality Award from ABF President and CEO Wes Kemp. The award recognizes service centers most exemplifying the ABF Quality Process, which are considered the "Best of the Best.""The employees at these four service centers have shown what

Selasa, 10 Mei 2011

YRC Worldwide Launches Initiatives to Further Reduce Emissions Footprint

YRC Worldwide Inc. continues its emphasis on environmental sustainability with investments in fleet enhancements and network optimization.This month, YRC Worldwide begins its shift to 5W full-synthetic motor oil, which will improve the miles-per-gallon efficiencies of the company's fleet and reduce waste motor oil. "When fully implemented in 2012, this change will translate to an annual savings

Senin, 09 Mei 2011

YRC CEO,Interim CFO Likely To Step Down In July

YRC Worldwide Inc. Chief Executive William Zollars and interim Chief Financial Officer William Trubeck plan to step down around late July, when the struggling trucking company aims to complete a critical financial restructuring.YRC didn't provide details Friday of its efforts to find successors for them, although Trubeck said in an interview that "there are wheels in motion" to do so.Trubeck, a

Teamsters, safety groups open campaign against extra-large trucks

Calling them a safety hazard to drivers on the nation’s roads, the Teamsters and several safety groups and advocates opened a campaign against the truck lobby’s plans to put extra-large rigs on U.S. roads.Teamsters President James Hoffa, longtime safety advocate Joan Claybrook, former House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar of Minnesota and their allies aim to stop the 97,000-pound

YRC Worldwide Achieves Continued Year-over-Year First Quarter Operating Improvement

- YRC National shipments per day up 6.3% and revenue per shipment up 3.3%- YRC Regional shipments per day up 9.8% and revenue per shipment up 7.7%- YRC Worldwide has engaged Morgan Stanley to arrange a $400 million Asset-Based LoanFacility as part of its overall restructuringYRC Worldwide Inc. reported a net loss of $102 million and $2.14 loss per share for the first quarter of 2011, which

Selasa, 03 Mei 2011

YRC restructuring infuses company with millions in capital

Deal will drive down value of company's existing shares.YRC Worldwide Inc.'s long-awaited next step in its restructuring plan, announced late Friday, infuses the troubled less-than-truckload carrier with more than $100 million in needed liquidity. The deal, however, will dilute the value of the company's existing stock to just pennies per share.The agreement, approved virtually unanimously by the

Jumat, 29 April 2011


Hoffa Hails Today’s News, Vows Continued Effort To Keep Members WorkingThe restructuring plan to protect 25,000 Teamster freight jobs at YRC Worldwide, Inc. has cleared an important hurdle and remains on track to be completed in July, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced today.The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee, along with lenders and the Teamster

Senin, 25 April 2011

Arkansas Best Corporation Announces First Quarter 2011 Results

Arkansas Best Corporation today announced a first quarter 2011 net loss of $12.8 million, or $0.51 per share, compared to a net loss of $21.4 million, or $0.85 per share in the first quarter of 2010.Arkansas Best's first quarter 2011 results reflect continued improvements in broader economic and LTL market conditions that provided ABF the opportunity for growth in its daily tonnage levels. While

Minggu, 24 April 2011

YRC Worldwide says it has made progress on restructuring plan

Trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. said Friday that it has made "significant progress" in negotiating agreements with lenders, its pension fund and the Teamsters union that are necessary to restructure its balance sheet by the end of July."We have been working closely with JP Morgan, agent for the senior secured lender group, the steering committee, the company's pension funds and the Teamsters

ABF Earns Second Consecutive National LTL Carrier of the Year Award

For the second consecutive year, ABF has been named National LTL Carrier of the Year by the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC). The company was recognized during the NASSTRAC Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida, April 17-20.“ABF is proud to again earn this prestigious award, which recognizes all ABF employees whose dedication to safety, cargo handling and customer

Selasa, 19 April 2011

ABF decision may not be out until July

Fort Smith-based Arkansas Best Corp. may not learn if it was successful in its appeal in a case against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters until July.Arkansas Best — the parent company of less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System — filed suit in federal court last year against the Teamsters. Arkansas Best alleged the Teamsters worked out concessions with a competitor, YRC Worldwide

Senin, 11 April 2011

Arkansas Best Corporation Announces Its First Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call

Arkansas Best Corporation will announce its first quarter 2011 results, prior to the opening of the market, on Monday, April 25, 2011. A conference call with company executives will be held that day at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss these results. Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 772-0358. Following the call, a recorded playback will be available through the end of the day on

TCA Honors Vandenput, Boyd and Howland

Three ABF Freight System drivers have recently been named Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angels.TSA has named Serge Vandenput, a professional truck driver for ABF Freight System, Inc. as its latest Highway Angel. ABF driver sprang to action knowing that oncoming traffic could not see trapped woman.TCA Honors John Boyd as a Highway Angel – Again.ABF driver responds to an accident for the

Selasa, 05 April 2011

Ten YRC Worldwide Drivers Reach Safety Milestone of Four-Million Accident-Free Miles

YRC Worldwide Inc. is proud to announce that 10 of its active professional drivers have surpassed four million miles of accident-free driving. All 10 drivers are with YRC, the largest subsidiary of YRC Worldwide. The drivers are:Danny Ambrose, Tuttle, Okla.Joe Brown, Memphis, Tenn.Dennis Caldwell, Altoona, IowaHorace Crouch, Newark, TexasBobby Elrod, Chickamauga, Ga.Royal Lincoln, Montgomery,

Minggu, 03 April 2011

Phil Gaines Named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of YRC

YRC Worldwide today announced that Phil J. Gaines has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of YRC Inc., the largest operating division of YRC Worldwide. Most recently, Mr. Gaines held the position of Senior Vice President-Finance for YRC Worldwide. In his new role, Mr. Gaines will report directly to Mike Smid, President-YRC Inc. and Chief Operations Officer YRC Worldwide,

Sabtu, 02 April 2011


Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today condemned Ohio’s Legislature for passing a bill that silences the voices of the state’s 350,000 government workers.Last night, Gov. John Kasich signed SB 5 into law after it passed both chambers. The new law eliminates nearly all collective bargaining rights for public sector employees and gives broad powers to the executive branch to terminate

Jumat, 01 April 2011

Teamsters Take Part in National Day of Action on April 4

Teamsters Union Continues King's Legacy of Standing Up for WorkersOn April 4, Teamsters will take part in a nationwide day of action to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., while taking a stand in the ongoing struggle for workers' rights. More than 400 public events are planned, with a focus on education, outreach and solidarity with workers under attack by corporate-backed

Senin, 28 Maret 2011


Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa joined tens of thousands of workers in a massive march and rally in downtown Los Angeles today to lend his voice and support to middle class, working Americans who are fighting to protect their rights on the job. View more photos from the rally.In Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and California, public employees and their right to collective

In spite of lawsuit, ABF says relationship with Teamsters largely beneficial

It’s old news by now — Fort Smith-based Arkansas Best Corp. filed suit against the Teamsters union in November.What might surprise some is that Arkansas Best still regards its relationship with the Teamsters are largely beneficial. Arkansas Best is the parent company of ABF Freight System, a less-than-truckload carrier employing about 7,000 union drivers.ABF took issue with certain concessions

Jumat, 25 Maret 2011

YRC Announces Nationwide Hiring Initiative for Sales Professionals

YRC, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., announced today that it will expand the size of its sales force with a nationwide hiring initiative in response to increased business levels and customer needs."The rising demand for our award winning services has created the opportunity for us to expand our sales team from coast to coast," said Mike Naatz, President, Customer Care Division & Chief

Selasa, 22 Maret 2011

Holland Announces Driver Hiring Initiative

Holland, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., today announced plans to hire nearly 1,000 drivers this year. Building on strong 4th quarter performance, the company is preparing for further increases in shipments."We're excited at Holland to see that our volumes are building as customers experience the quality service that our team delivers every day," said Holland President Jeff Rogers. "We have

Jumat, 18 Maret 2011

YRC Worldwide union workers get higher retirement age recommendation

The uncertainty surrounding YRC Worldwide Inc.’s financial future is claiming retirees, too.Central States Funds, which oversees pension plans for thousands of YRC employees, is telling workers younger than 57 not to retire right now because the benefits they receive could change drastically during the next three months.Tom Nyhan, executive director for Central States, said the organization is


Update for Teamster YRCW Members Following Company’s Annual ReportYRCW released its annual report on March 14. Follow up news reports have focused on the news that the company missed a key “milestone” deadline. In the Teamsters’ opinion, the headlines exaggerate the significance of one small aspect of the restructuring process. To put it simply, this missed deadline has been greatly overstated

YRC Worldwide restructuring officer Lamar gets $80,000 a month

The leader of YRC Worldwide Inc.’s efforts to rebuild its finances is receiving $80,000 a month and will get a $500,000 payday if he brings the company in for a successful landing, as defined by the company’s board.Chief Restructuring Officer John Lamar, whom the board assigned to the position in November and who has been lead director since May, also will continue to receive his regular

Selasa, 15 Maret 2011

YRC Worldwide Misses Restructuring Milestone

YRC Worldwide Inc. has missed a key deadline in its restructuring process and again is in danger of having to file for bankruptcy protection.In its annual report, filed late Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Overland Park-based company said a “milestone failure” had occurred last week and that its lenders could declare the company to be in default on its credit agreements.

Rabu, 09 Maret 2011

Organic Expansion Gives ABF Dual-System Network Coast-to-Coast Reach

ABF is expanding its RPM service to the western one-third of the U.S., providing increased shipment velocity to 95% of the lanes between major markets in the West. “ABF’s latest service improvements are monumental because they give coast-to-coast reach of ABF’s innovative Dual-Systemsm Network, which provides regional service in tandem with our best-in-class long-haul service,” said ABF President

Citizens United decision at root of war on public union workers

JAMES P. HOFFAThe spark that has fired protests in communities across our great country was actually struck more than a year ago. It wasn't in Wisconsin on Feb. 11, when Gov. Scott Walker filed a bill to strip government workers of their collective bargaining rights, setting off weeks of massive protests in Madison.Shameful rulingThe real spark was struck in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2010,

Senin, 07 Maret 2011

Harry Wilson Tapped By Teamsters To Rescue Ailing Trucking Company And Union Jobs

Harry Wilson, last year’s Republican candidate for state comptroller, made a name for himself by helping rescue General Motors from bankruptcy. Now, months after an election he narrowly lost, he has turned his attention from the vehicles to the drivers. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters recently invited Wilson to help restructure the ailing trucking and freight company, YRC Worldwide, in

YRC Worldwide Transitions CFO Responsibilities

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced that Sheila Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the company effective March 31 to pursue opportunities outside of the less-than-truckload industry. Ms. Taylor has been CFO since October 2009 and prior to that was Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasurer."Sheila has been instrumental in the company's

Jumat, 04 Maret 2011

Local truckers react to proposed U.S.-Mexico rules

Thoughts are mixed at the local level about the effect of Thursday’s (Mar. 3) announcement that the U.S. and Mexico would implement long-delayed cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.According to a statement from the American Trucking Associations, the agreement upholds previous requirements for Mexican trucks operating on U.S. highways. The most talked about

Mexican Truck Deal Fails To Protect U.S. Highways, Communities

Plan Threatens Jobs, Highway Safety and Border SecurityToday's announcement by the White House to move forward with opening the U.S. border to long-haul Mexican trucks drew strong condemnations from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and highway safety proponents."This deal puts Americans at risk," Hoffa said. "This agreement caves in to business interests at the expense of the traveling

Kamis, 03 Maret 2011

Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee 2011 Restructuring Documents

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) has approved a restructuring agreement that paves the way to save the jobs of 25,000 YRCW Teamsters and keep the company in business, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced Monday, February 28.Below are links to several documents, including:A news release that was sent out February 28.A letter to YRCW members from

Rabu, 02 Maret 2011

YRC Says New Deal Will Keep It Trucking

Restructuring includes Teamsters, creditorsTrucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. believes it has a new restructuring deal in place that will keep it in business.The Kansas-based less-than-truckload operator, owner of the former Roadway business in Akron, has not released financial specifics of the plan.But YRC executives said they have a nonbinding ''agreement in principle'' that will give the

Senin, 28 Februari 2011


Plan Provides Company With Needed Debt Reduction, New CapitalThe Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) has approved a restructuring agreement that paves the way to save the jobs of 25,000 YRCW Teamsters and keep the company in business, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced today.The union reached the agreement in principle on terms for restructuring YRC

Jumat, 11 Februari 2011

YRC Provides New Service Options with Mobile Tools

iPhone and Android apps simplify access to shipment informationYRC, the largest subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., today announced new mobile tools that allow YRC customers to track shipments, read the latest YRC news and access customer service. YRC is providing free iPhone and Android apps, along with a mobile web site for all other phones.The new mobile tools are designed to help customers

Rabu, 09 Februari 2011

American ills not caused by unions

James P. HoffaThe 19th-century robber baron Jay Gould once said, "I can hire half the working class to shoot the other half."Gould's vision of class warfare is being played out today in the shameful attacks on public employees. These attacks are secretly financed and planned by modern-day Jay Goulds who aim to keep their own taxes low. Some vastly powerful corporations and billionaires want to

Selasa, 08 Februari 2011

New Penn Isn't for Sale

New Penn Motor Express is not for sale.So said the president and chief executive officer of New Penn's parent, YRC Worldwide, during a conference call with trucking industry analysts late last week.Analyst David Ross asked CEO William Zollars about whether YRCW might consider "carving any of those (YRCW holdings) out and potentially selling Holland or New Penn or one of those?""No," Zollars said,

Jumat, 04 Februari 2011

Arkansas Best Looking Up

Arkansas Best may have to break out the black ink in 2011 despite reporting Thursday a net loss of $32.42 million for 2010.ABF Freight System Inc., a less-than-truckload carrier, is the largest subsidiary of Fort Smith-based Arkansas Best Corp. Both the parent company and ABF on Thursday reported annual and fourth-quarter earnings.Although Arkansas Best also posted a net loss of $3.12 million for

Teamster Nation: California Rep. Wants Hearing on Mexican Trucks

Teamster Nation: California Rep. Wants Hearing on Mexican Trucks: "Bob Filner represents a district in Congress that encompasses the entire California/Mexico border, home to some of the busiest border crossi..."

YRC Worldwide CEO Discusses Q4 2010 Earnings Call

YRC Worldwide Q4 2010 Earnings Call February 04, 2011 9:30 am ETThanks for joining us for the YRC Worldwide Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Earnings Call. Bill Zollars, Chairman, President and CEO of YRC Worldwide; and Sheila Taylor, our CFO, will provide comments this morning. Bill, Sheila and Mike Smid, President of YRC and Chief Operations Officer of YRC Worldwide, will be available for

YRC Reports Stronger Fourth Quarter Results

YRC Worldwide produced improved operating results in the final quarter of 2010, but the net profit was lower than the same quarter a year earlier.The trucking company said Friday it also expects "continued operating momentum" in the first quarter this year, with positive cash flow allowing it to "be without our credit agreement financial convenants."The stock market liked the news. Shares in YRC

Rabu, 02 Februari 2011

YRC Worldwide, ABF Freight System appeal gets expedited review

A federal appeals court has agreed to speed up its review of a lawsuit against YRC Worldwide Inc. and its union after the company warned that drawing out the process could harm its effort to restructure its finances.On Tuesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis granted YRC’s motion for expedited review. It said it will hear arguments in the case during its April 11-15 session.ABF

Rabu, 26 Januari 2011

10 ABF Freight-Handling Professionals Selected for the 2011 Load Team

ABF has selected 10 freight-handling professionals for the 2011 Load Team, an elite group of freight-handling professionals from across ABF's North American network.The Load Team members and their customer service centers are:Sly Bryant, AtlantaJohn Burzawa, ChicagoKevin Grimes, Salt Lake CityBrad Hubbard, Winston-Salem, N.C.Derek Jones, Albuquerque, N.M.James Madewell, Dayton, OhioJulio

Rabu, 19 Januari 2011

ABF Appeals Dismissal of YRC-Teamsters Lawsuit

ABF Legal Action UpdateABF filed an appeal today in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (St. Louis) from the December 20, 2010, decision dismissing the lawsuit filed by ABF in November, 2010, against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and various other parties. ABF respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision last month, dismissing the suit which seeks to

Selasa, 18 Januari 2011


Hoffa Urges Teamsters To Follow King’s LegacyIn light of the violent shooting in Arizona, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa is calling on Teamsters everywhere to remember Martin Luther King Jr. and follow his legacy of peace.“Even in death, Martin Luther King Jr. continues to inspire and guide us,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.

ABF Drivers Boyer, McCarty and McElwaney Named America's Road Team Captains

Three ABF drivers were named Captains of the 2011-2012 America's Road Team by the American Trucking Associations, more than any other carrier. David Boyer of Wytheville, Virginia, Nate McCarty of Denver and Tim McElwaney of Atlanta join an elite group of 18 Captains chosen to represent the industry and promote highway safety. The Road Team has included an ABF driver every year since 1995, with

Minggu, 16 Januari 2011

Two YRC drivers named to America's Road Team

YRC Worldwide announced today that the American Trucking Associations (ATA) selected professional drivers Alphonso Lewis and Randy Briggs to serve as America's Road Team Captains.For the next two years, Lewis and Briggs will serve alongside colleagues from other transportation providers as members of America's Road Team, a select group of 18 professional drivers with superior safety

Rabu, 12 Januari 2011

Mexican trucks don't belong on U.S. highways

James P. HoffaUnemployment is still high in Michigan and will remain so for some time. The economic recession blew a hole in the state budget, and government workers' wages are likely to be cut. Given this bleak picture, it makes no sense to let Mexico's trucking companies take American truck drivers' jobs and depress American workers' wages.The Department of Transportation last week proposed

Top Truck Drivers Selected to New America's Road Team

The American Trucking Associations today announced the Captains of the 2011-2012 America's Road Team. The premier group of million-mile, accident-free professional truck drivers will spend the next two years representing the trucking industry and delivering its highway safety message to the motoring public.18 captains, with a collective 483 years behind the wheel and over 36.5 million accident-

Selasa, 11 Januari 2011

YRC’s top spot isn’t easy to fill

As bumpy as the road remains, Overland Park-based trucker YRC Worldwide Inc. has made it to the start of 2011, though some industry observers continue to doubt its future. But whether YRC’s trucks are on America’s highways at the end of the year could hinge on who becomes its lead driver.In late September, YRC head Bill Zollars announced he would be retiring from the company, where he took over

Sabtu, 08 Januari 2011

Obama Flip Flops and Reconsiders Mexican Trucking Pilot Program

I remember when the Teamsters (and just about every other union in the United States) hit the streets to organize for Obama. We were phone banking, knocking on doors, talking to everyone we could. I ended up going to labor council meetings, large locals and even a Labor Day Parade to endlessly preach the need for Obama; that Obama was what Labor needed. Though I personally believe we need a third

Jumat, 07 Januari 2011


Plan Threatens Jobs, Highway Safety And Border SecurityTeamsters General President Jim Hoffa today questioned why the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a new cross-border trucking program at a time of persistent high U.S. unemployment, budget deficits and unrelenting drug violence in Mexico. He said the proposed program would threaten the traveling public in the U.S. and open our

Rabu, 05 Januari 2011

YRCW Industry News: Our Take

RETAILERS EXCITED ABOUT SALES ACTIVITYIt may seem like years since there was something to get excited about, but retail sales could be one of the bright spots for 2010.Our take:Even if it seems a little incredible to believe, analysts believe that this could be the strongest retail season on record. Customer Growth Partners stated that this year could surpass a record established in 2007 of more

Senin, 03 Januari 2011

ABF Global Expansion Reaches Into the Dominican Republic With Door Delivery

Continuing its global expansion, ABF is providing seamless, single-contact door delivery for customers shipping to the Dominican Republic. ABF expanded its Caribbean coverage in response to increased demand for shipping solutions from customers taking advantage of opportunities created by the United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, known informally as CAFTA. The

Minggu, 02 Januari 2011

Teamsters Grant Conditional Extension on YRCW Restructuring Plan Timelines

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee announced today that it has granted YRC Worldwide Inc. a conditional extension until March 15, 2011 on key timelines to achieve elements of its comprehensive restructuring plan. Other key stakeholders at YRCW including the lending group and pension funds, also granted similar extensions. The agreement was reached late on December 31."

Sabtu, 01 Januari 2011

YRC Worldwide Reports Key Stakeholder Support of Comprehensive Plan

Teamsters Extend Timeline for Recapitalization of YRCW Balance SheetMulti-Employer Pension Funds Extend CDA Deferral through May 2011YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced the Teamster negotiating committee for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has agreed to provide additional time for the company and its key stakeholders to finalize plans to recapitalize the company's balance sheet. The