What It Means to Vote No

The company’s first offer falls short of what can be won at the bargaining table. If a majority of ABF Teamsters Vote No, it will send our union negotiators back to the table with a mandate to get a better offer. Talk with your fellow Teamsters and download Vote No bulletins here to spread the word. 


ABF Teamsters have sacrificed. We took concessions. We worked hard and smart—and we want some of our sacrifice back.  Voting No will be a way to get it. 

A contract rejection will send our Teamster negotiators back to the table backed by a message from the membership that that the company’s first offer needs to be improved.     

The proposed deal gets back our lost vacation week, and that’s a good start. But on other issues, including wages, it falls short. 


A 1.2% raise and a bonus are peanuts compared to the wage cut of $1.70 we took five year ago.  We may not get all that back, but we can get more than this offer.

Our raises should at least keep up with inflation, which will not happen under this deal. Our standard of living will continue to fall if this contract goes through.


We are also concerned about the pension freeze, which leaves some ABF Teamsters in danger of getting kicked out of their pension fund. 

IBT Freight Director Ernie Soehl said on his conference call to sell the deal that “only” 10% of members are in danger of losing their pension, and if that happens they will be given a 401(k). 

Our leadership should be defending Teamster pensions, not throwing members under the bus.

Send them Back for a Better Offer

A NO vote does not mean a strike. It means we want our negotiators to listen and come back with a better second offer.

Ernie Soehl said on the conference call that the company upped its offer during the last bargaining session. He should have keep that pressure on, to get a fair contract, instead of settling too soon.

The Hoffa administration has a record of settling short and making Teamster members send back the first offer for improvement.  Carhaulers sent two offers back, and they got a much-improved contract as a result.

ABF has the best work force in the industry.   We’re not greedy.  We’re Teamsters. We can win a better contract if we stick together.

We urge you to review the contract, discuss it with your fellow Teamsters—and to cast your vote.

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  • Fredrick Waters
    commented 2018-04-21 12:25:56 -0400
    PS vacation should be restored at contract signing not later on. Give back vacations as soon as contract is ratified, after they fix all the bull shit that ABF wants to change so they be the bully.
  • Fredrick Waters
    commented 2018-04-21 12:25:35 -0400
    PS vacation should be restored at contract signing not later on. Give back vacations as soon as contract is ratified, after they fix all the bull shit that ABF wants to change so they be the bully.
  • Fredrick Waters
    commented 2018-04-21 12:20:15 -0400
    I do remember getting sold down the river by negotiating committee on the 2013-2018 contract. We don’t need to let it happen this time. Everyone stick together, United we win divided we loose. Stand firm with our NO votes to send them back to fix the grievance procedures and get us more paid in on health insurance and pensions. And more money on everyone’s pay check. Not just the top 2%. Give us a fair contract with catchup raises.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-04-20 18:36:53 -0400
    Getting coerced into a ‘first last &everything or its a strike’ contracts in a strong economy is a telling signal your
    bargaining committee is corrupt
  • Donald Kresco
    commented 2018-04-20 07:48:58 -0400
    We need change @ the top. Fat cats forget what it’s like to work for a living. The truck drivers made this union by standing by each other. It’s a sorry day when your own so called top dog trows guys under the bus! VOTE No! Go back and fix it !
  • Mike Heath
    commented 2018-04-19 17:47:29 -0400
    We’re losing a lot of ground on the wages. Needs to be a lot higher!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-04-19 13:51:20 -0400
    Yet how many officers have given up ANYTHING in the HOFFIA. it’s all good for the 1% club
  • Fredrick Waters
    commented 2018-04-19 13:04:54 -0400
    UNION means United workers we must not give up anything, money’s, rights,procedures, people before us have kept us in good shape but we can make it even better by standing altogether on this contract vote. Just vote no until they get it right for us, the workers!
  • Fredrick Waters
    commented 2018-04-19 12:58:42 -0400
    They can do a lot better job at getting us more if we vote no and send them back to the table. Don’t roll over and take it, fight back. Every one show up at union hall meetings and hear the writing about changing the new grievance procedure that will leave you out of work for a minimum of 3 months. It’s not just a money fight.
  • Mike Heath
    commented 2018-04-19 12:13:19 -0400
    The pension freeze happened 5 years ago in the West.
  • Fredrick Waters
    commented 2018-04-17 22:21:00 -0400
    23 million in tax incentives for employees to stimulate economy is not for the CEOs and stockholders
  • Mike Heath
    commented 2018-04-17 16:07:55 -0400
    We can’t even get a straight answer as to exactly when we get our vacation back. That’s bullshit!!
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
    published this page in News 2018-04-15 15:40:21 -0400

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