Teamsters gets raise out of UPS, reject contract of struggling YRC

Jill Dunn & Kevin Jones | January 13, 2014

IBT-logoThe Teamsters have rejected a contract extension with YRC Worldwide that the carrier says would have helped the company stay afloat and refinance much of its roughly $1 billion in debt. 

The contract was rejected by 61 percent of the members who voted last week, and the Kansas City, Mo.-based carrier now may either have to sell some of its profitable units or file for bankruptcy protection. YRC Worldwide is the holding company for YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn. YRC Worldwide, and the company is ranked No. 3 in CCJ‘s Top 250.


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As head of the Teamsters, Jimmy Hoffa was at odds with the independent spirit of owner-operators.

“Our members have made huge sacrifices to keep this company alive and a majority made the decision not to sacrifice anymore,” said Tyson Johnson, director of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee, representing about 26,000 workers.

However, the union did vote to ratify a new five-year agreement with UPS (No. 1 in CCJ’s Top 250) that “increases wages, significantly strengthens pension benefits and takes on the issue of subcontracting,” it announced this weekend. 

The new five-year national contract covers 13,000 UPS Freight workers and provides $2.50 an hour in wage increases over five years, making UPS Freight Teamsters the highest-paid in the industry, the union statement said.

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  • Bob

    It shows you if you have good management, you can pay decent wages.

  • Vrahnos

    Well the U.P.S.freight rates will go up so they can cover the new increases.Nice for the workers.Now fed.ex.just may take more of the freight that won’t go through U.P.S..YRC is going the way the old conslaided freight ways went here what 15 years ago when labor wanted to much for management to handle paying out..Even they had great management and didn’t want to in debt to just keep drivers working.Sad state of affairs I say.

  • M.j. Zuzich

    You really ought to learn a little about C-F before you go showing your ignorance. Bob (below) has got it right about “good management.” C-F had some management that had other ideas about C-F Industries. How would you explain that C-F Canada is still functioning with Teamster labor?

  • Vrahnos

    I do know about them.They are no longer working in this country anymore.I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears when they went on strike and shut the company down and when they went back to work in Seattle Washington they did not have a job to go to cause they filed bankrupcy.and went out of business.I was hauling containers at the time and like I said I saw their picket lines.So screw you and the unions you shill for.I hate unions with a passion.Nothing but leaches sucking up all the workers money.

  • M.j. Zuzich

    In other words, you’ll not be confused with the facts as you’re a happy man with a closed mind.

  • checker 42

    teamster are tired of the lies from yrc. the company pitched to us a bunch of concessions saying the banks wanted to see cost savings before rate were lowered but the math doesn’t add up! if you need to bash the union; just remember your air ride, seat power steering and air conditioning. where do you think the break from work every 2 hours came from?

  • JR

    You’re an idiot.

  • JR

    Great management. Just keep driving your jippo rig scab.

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  • M.j. Zuzich

    Yeah Checker, I never could figure out how a company(YRC) that hadn’t been profitable very often was ever going to be better off by buying a co.(Roadway) that was profitable more often than not. Especially since they were getting rid of Roadway’s mgmt. and business practices… as opposed to adopting them at Yellow.

  • Vrahnos

    Sure will commie.I will be laughing my ass off when you will have to work a non union job to stay alive.Unions and their workers suck crap right from the crapper

  • JR

    I don’t have to work anymore dipstick. Because of my union pension for working my butt off as a teamster for 30 years, I have a damn good income right now, and I’m only 54. The wife still works, and I go fishing and hang out with all of my other retired teamster brothers that I worked with for so long. See you in retirement scab. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.