January 30, 2012: YRC has handed the union and Teamster employees a proposed “service restructure”, which – if approved in its present form – would eliminate or move 445 road jobs and 203 dock, mechanic, and yard jobs. A second proposal would eliminate all 178 Utility Employee positions.
The goal of the change is to abandon short-haul freight from the YRC mix, and concentrate on 500+ mile freight. It’s another step toward making YRC leaner and profitable, focusing on what YRC does best.
YRCW can redirect the short haul freight to its subsidiaries: Holland, New Penn and Reddaway.
As YRC eliminates short-haul freight, it could mean hundreds more layoffs. CEO Jeff Rogers told the Kansas City Business Journal that there will be Teamster job cuts, but “I can’t tell you what the net reduction” in jobs will be.
Large road losses are proposed for Columbus, Harrisburg and Valdosta Georgia, with sizable losses at a number of other terminals, as well as closing most end-of-line road boards. Large dock losses affect most of the same terminals as well as additional ones. Road boards gaining positions include Charlotte (77), Atlanta (52), Cleveland (46), Indianapolis (32), Cincinnati (29), Chicago (25), Kansas City (23) and Maybrook, NY (22).
YRC’s proposal will be analyzed and discussed in the days to come.
Management has requested a hearing date of about February 28, to implement the massive change in April. Labor Director Lamar Beinhower states up front that he has met and spoken with IBT Freight Director Tyson Johnson numerous times regarding this proposal.
You can download or view a copy of the proposed service restructure change and a copy of the proposed elimination of utility operation. There is also an Addendum (corrections) to the service restructure change.