June 28, 2012: Freight Teamsters are building a rank-and-file network to say NO to concessions. They've launched a new website to help ABF Teamsters get informed, share ideas, and unite to protect the freight contract.
Other freight Teamsters—especially YRCW brothers and sisters—are invited to join and support the struggle, because we are in this industry and union together.
No Concessions is a reasonable and winnable goal for the contract. No concessions on benefits or conditions for city, dock, road, office or garage Teamsters. And a reasonable wage increase to keep our standard of living from falling further behind inflation.
Isolated, we will lose. Together, we have rank and file Teamster power.
We've Said NO Before, We Can Do It Again
"Two years ago we sent a strong and clear message: no concessions. The company claimed they couldn't stay in business without givebacks. We proved them wrong and we can do it again. Don't let them sell you another sob story. Teamster members deserve a decent contract. That means protect our pension and benefits and get us a raise."
Emmet Ramsay, ABF, Local 391, Winston-Salem
It Starts With Winning At ABF
"Every freight Teamster needs to stand behind our guys at ABF. No concessions at ABF means the rest of us at the YRC companies have a fighting chance to get back to the full rate in 2015. Our national freight contract meant greater bargaining power in the past and we need to restore it for the future. That starts with winning a decent contract at ABF in 2013."
Allen Watrous, YRC, Local 773, Allentown, Pa.
We Need a Campaign And a Plan
"Teamsters pride is about power in trucking. We can't let Hoffa forget that. We need to rebuild our strength in freight and that means having a plan. Members need to sign up on the website (www.NoFreightConcessions.org) and help light a fire. We need a contract campaign at ABF if we're going to get the contract we deserve."
Paul Host, ABF, Local 200, Milwaukee
ABF Has the Money, Let's Get Our Fair Share
"Since the company whined about being in the red we've seen a raise for the CEO and the purchase of other companies. They've got money to spend so it's time to negotiate our fair share."
Michelle Glessner, ABF, Local 957, Dayton, Ohio