IBT Approves YRC Cameras in all Trucks

The IBT Freight Division has given the green light to YRC to install front-facing cameras in all tractors to record events such as swerves, speeding, and hard braking. YRC has agreed to not use the recordings for discipline; only to “protect” drivers.

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YRC has tested the cameras in Dallas, Houston, Jackson and Kansas City and is moving forward nation wide.

The cameras record constantly but preserve 8 seconds of video before an incident and 4 seconds afterward. IBT Freight Director Tyson Johnson, in a December 3 memo, states that the intent is “solely to reduce accidents” and “will likely serve to exonerate both the drivers and the company from many accidents.”

We hope so. That would be a win-win. But many Teamsters are concerned that technology that starts out as a win-win can end up as a win-lose, with another tool to fire drivers.

If we could count on a strong Freight Division and grievance procedure, we would cheer this on. Since we cannot count on that from the Hoffa administration, we urge drivers to be vigilant. 


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  • Bill Schlagheck
    commented 2015-12-09 14:20:00 -0500
    should have a camera in the the board room….let’s see what they are REALLY talking about…
  • Leroy C Olsen
    commented 2015-12-09 12:00:45 -0500
    It seems ironic that a company that refuses to pay their union employees the negotiated wages and benefits could afford to pay for new cameras. In fact after paying millions of dollars in bonuses to YRC executives (which were not earned), this company continues to steal 15% of every dollar earned, vacation, and refuses to make us whole with partial pension payments. So YRC now has OUR money to install cameras that we don’t want, to help US! I do appreciate you looking out for us, but IF you would just pay me my entire wages, fund my pension, and return my stolen vacation time, I will look after my own self, and maybe give back the millions you stole from this company…..
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2015-12-08 23:57:48 -0500
    Negotiation 101: When you give something you get something in return! It’ll be bonuses for Welch and Pierson now for getting that through!
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2015-12-08 23:24:44 -0500
    Never would have agreed to cameras until members got 15% back! Hoffas a joke!!!
  • Thomas Navatier
    commented 2015-12-08 22:27:55 -0500
    Just wondering why the cameras also have audio. How is that going to protect the driver?
  • Daniel Williams
    commented 2015-12-08 18:49:57 -0500
    Heard only for our safety before! Give to the company always…guys will never get the money or pensions back! Thanks Hoffa! While you and yours will have full multiple pensions!
  • Robert Faust
    commented 2015-12-08 18:03:25 -0500
    Then we get full pay and pension back! This is one of the last companies that dont have cameras. Unfortunately it’s enviable, so I say nay to any mor givebacks.
  • Gary Walton
    commented 2015-12-08 15:12:56 -0500
    Amen but the company going to do what they want … seeing Hoffa there Bitch
  • Lori Myitworks Sharrar
    commented 2015-12-08 14:55:22 -0500
    How about our 15% back if they can afford cameras. Really?
  • Norm Evans
    commented 2015-12-08 14:32:37 -0500
    How can YRC afford to equip trucks w/cameras when they can’t afford to pay full scale wages and full benefits?
  • Shane Carpenter
    commented 2015-12-08 13:21:33 -0500
    Another sellout from hoffa ..more give backs
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