April 19: YRC’s Change of Operations Hearing

UPDATED March 28, 2013: A hearing on YRC's proposed mega change of operations will be held April 19 in Dallas.

The International union announced two weeks ago that they were holding off a hearing to review the proposal due to substantive and procedure issues with the change. Now, the IBT has allowed the proposed change to be heard.

The proposed change document is available here.

The International union today informed local unions via a faxed memo that there are substantive and procedure issues with the change to be reviewed, and directed locals not to schedule meetings with the company regarding the change.

Three breakbulks are proposed for elimination: Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Memphis. It may be worth noting that all three of these local unions voted heavily against Hoffa in the 2011 IBT election.

29 end-of-line terminals are slated for closure: Youngstown Ohio, Mansfield Ohio, Wausau Wisc, Coldwater Mich, Libertyville Ill, St. Cloud Minn, Crystal Lake, Ill, Great Bend Kan, Lafayette Ind, Salem Ill, Bridgeport Neb, Grand Forks, ND, Carlstadt NJ, Elizabeth NJ, Wytheville Va, Springfield Ma, Littleton, NH, Lawrenceville Ga, Daytona Beach Fla, Hattiesburg Miss, Pensacola Fla, Victoria Tex, Fort Smith Ark, Greenville Miss, Bozeman Mont, Kalispell Mont, Benicia Calif, San Jose Calif, Bell Calif.

A small relay is proposed to open in Staunton Va, with 26 road drivers to be added there. And additional sleeper team drivers are to be based in Jackson Miss.

Many end-of-line terminals will lose a small number of road drivers, continuing the industry trend of ending such domiciles.

Management's proposal calls for a loss of 760 dock, cartage, shop, and office jobs, and a loss of 452 road jobs at the losing terminals. The gains would be 639 in cartage and 343 road, for a net loss of 230 jobs.

The goals are to increase the number of bills handled per terminal and reduce system miles.

The proposal can be downloaded here.

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