YRC Merger Hearings End

January 30, 2009: The hearing on management’s proposed merger of Yellow and Roadway operation concluded on Thursday, as did the hearing on the “Velocity” change dealing with utility employees.

A decision is expected soon—perhaps in a week. That decision, on the job transfer and seniority details of the largest trucking merger in history, will be extensive. Most of the job transfers are going to be by the follow-the-work principle, with many Teamsters transferring to nearby gaining terminals. The national bidding pool will take care of others. Nearly 1000 Teamster jobs will be lost in the merger.

YRC hopes to conduct bids in mid-February and implement the change by March 1. That date may end up being pushed back. Teamsters who relocate in the change will be given some grace period, if they are unable to start that quickly at the new location.

The “Velocity” change of operations greatly reduced the number of utility employees, and restructured their function in a way similar to ABF: handling one- and two-day freight.

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