Yellow Abandons "Premium Service" Change of Ops

Yellow has abandoned its Change of Operations plan to expand its Premium Service in the East, South and Midwest, after the change was approved by the change of operations panel on Jan. 17. Apparently it was because the IBT Freight Division insisted on rules that would require it to run new Premium Service freight, not just converting existing three-day freight to two-day freight.


The panel’s decision, at the insistence of the Teamster Freight Division, specifically ruled out conversion of existing freight to Premium Service. It also stated that management could not fill out PSE trailers with other freight.


The union also put into the record terms from the agreement on ABF’s operation, which would mean that if a regular road run was dropped when a PSE load moved from that terminal on the same day, the driver would have to be paid.


Faced with these reasonable terms, which merely aim to enforce the contract, management dropped the operation, at least for now. Premium Service was written into the contract to allow carriers to go for new business, not to rearrange existing business and break down our classifications of work.


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