August 2, 2012: ABF's lawsuit against the Teamsters Union and YRCW, demanding concessions similar to what the IBT granted to YRCW companies, was dismissed yesterday by Federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright.
Now the focus for the future of the National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA) and ABF Teamsters shifts to the upcoming national negotiations. The new website www.NoFreightConcessions.org has more information on that matter.
ABF said it may consider an appeal to the federal court of appeals, which earlier directed the district court to re-hear the issue. The suit was filed in November 2010, alleging that the International union violated the terms of the NMFA by giving YRCW concessions, but not ABF.
Labor attorneys consulted by Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) stated at that time that the case had little merit, and was likely filed more to influence Teamster members and International officials.
In other news, ABF reported a second quarter net profit of $12 million. Read more about that report here.
A news report on the dismissal of the lawsuit is available here.