Freight Teamsters Speak Out on YRC Concessions

If this deal passes, what does it mean for the pension? Will Central States make changes to our benefits going forward? What does it mean for recent retirees or those who will go during the 18 months? What does it mean if YRC never makes another contribution? It’s these questions that need answers if we’re going to know the real deal on our vote.

James Biese Local 200, Milwaukee, WI USF Holland

This bogus crap is an affront to all Teamsters. This is the outcome of Jr. Hoffa’s lack of guts and his administration’s inability to organize all the non-union LTL carriers like FedEx Freight, ConWay, Estes, etc. The IBT Organizing Department should be fired and “fresh idea” rank and file organizers should be hired and given the resources to promote the benefits of union membership.

Dennis Anderson Local 413, Columbus, OH CF (Retired)

Day in and day out you see constant mismanagement. Excessive delay and layover time as well as dispatch errors are causing countless wasteful dollars. Management doesn’t seem to have a sense of urgency or an effective utilization for the help. Why should we pay for bad management decisions?

Nick Brandon Local 695, La Crosse , WI YRC

Years ago when I was on the bottom of the board, I appreciated the days my senior brothers took off to make sure more junior men could get work. But now I can’t follow their example. YRC management insists on forced overtime and starves our laid off brothers and sisters of work and benefits to save the company money.

YRC wants more givebacks but management needs to learn that working with and supporting all Teamsters is much more valuable in the long run than just working out a deal with our officers. If YRC is to survive, it is the working Teamsters that will make it happen.

Leroy Olsen Local 79, Tampa YRC

James P. Hoffa Jr. has overstayed his welcome. It's time to go Jimmy before you give away the rest of the farm.

Jeff Watz Local 7, Kalamazoo, MI YRC

Zollars is a one man wrecking crew. I have no faith in him or this deal.

Don Davenport Local 962, Roseburg, OR USF Reddaway

ABF management is chomping at the bit to get what they can off the YRC concessions. Our future can’t be about Teamsters giving and giving until nothing is left of a decent contract. We need a union plan to dig us out of this hole. It starts with recognizing that we can’t just follow everything management wants. What’s our Teamster agenda for survival?

Marion Gresham Local 728, Atlanta ABF

Why aren’t Zollars and the higher executives forced to reduce their salaries and give up all bonuses until the rank and file are made whole? Zollars should volunteer to take a dollar annual salary until the company returns to profitability. I have not and will not vote for a reduction of any kind until the management greed ends and our hard earned benefits and dignity are restored.

Bob Sayer Local 251, Providence, RI YRC

We better look into the effects this deal can have on our pension benefits. Are we voting away our protections under the Pension Protection Act? Will the deal allow our pension funds to place YRC in default status now or down the road? What happens if YRC doesn’t survive, even with these sacrifices? I encourage all brothers and sisters to read the 2006 Pension Security Act before they cast their vote. It can be accessed at the U.S. Department of Labor website.

John Ringwood Local 701, New Jersey YRC

Is YRC ending it's sponsorship of PGA golfer Jim Furyk or is our 15% give back continuing to pay those millions?

Jeffrey Acord Local 377, Youngstown, OH YRC

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