IBT Denies ABF’s Claim of Concessions Talks

November 18, 2009. The International Union today issued a statement flatly denying ABF management’s claim that the company expects to “reach an agreement soon” on concessions similar to those that YRC got from the union.

The IBT statement appeared over the name of Freight Director Tyson Johnson. It states that:

“According to a November 17 article on the Journal of Commerce website titled ‘Trucker ABF, Teamsters in Concession Talks’ ABF Chief Operating Officer Wesley Kemp stated that the Teamsters and ABF are in a concessionary ‘dialogue and hopefully we will reach an agreement soon.’ In fact, we are not having contract or concession discussions with the company. I have contacted ABF and demanded that they correct the record.”

The union’s press release contradicts the company’s claim, posted in the Journal of Commerce.

A number of ABF Teamsters contacted TDU to express outrage at management's outrageous concession demands.

If the union and the company do agree to concessions, ABF Teamsters will get a chance to vote on them.

A copy of the Journal of Commerce report is available here.

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