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Freight Groups Ask White House for West Coast Port Talks Mediator

Rip Watson Transport Topics November 12, 2014 View the original piece More than 100 groups that are concerned about the direction of newly contentious West Coast port contract talks asked President Obama to name a federal mediator to foster a settlement. “While the parties to the negotiation stated earlier this year that they would continue operations throughout the negotiations, we have seen crisis levels of congestion at the ports since September,” said the letter signed...

Rate hikes, more tonnage boost net income, revenue at ArcBest

The City Wire Staff The City Wire November 03, 2014 View the original piece Third quarter net income for Fort Smith-based ArcBest was $19.618 million, well ahead of the $13.982 million in the same quarter of 2013, and thanks in large part to an almost 10% gain in ABF Freight revenue. Per share earnings of 72 cents missed the consensus estimate of 75 cents. Excluding a one-time charge for a pension settlement, the per share...

From Kings of the Road to Serfs of the Company

Dan La Botz Dollars and Sense October 29, 2014 View the original piece The truck driver was once the king of the road, riding high from the 1950s through the 1970s. Sitting up in the tractor, pulling an eighteen-wheler, looking out over America's city streets and country roads and highways, he--back then, the driver was almost always a he--earned a good money, often had health benefits, and may well have had a pension plan. Click...

Poll: 80% Don’t Want Truckers’ Restricted Driving Hours Relaxed

Michele Fuetsch Transport Topics October 17, 2014 View the original piece A new poll commissioned by a coalition of highway safety groups found that 80% of Americans believe Congress should not raise the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road to 82 hours from 70. American Trucking Associations called the results “misleading,” while Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called them a “game changer” that shows the public understands “too many hours on...

Historic Wins at FedEx Freight and Con-way

October 17, 2014: FedEx Freight workers in Philadelphia voted for this first time to join the Teamsters. Con-way workers in Laredo did the same. How can we build on this momentum? For the first time in years, there’s excitement in the air about Teamster organizing in the trucking industry. Can we turn that into some real Teamster power? Local 657 organized the Laredo Con-way terminal. Local 107 lost a vote at FedEx Freight in New...
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