November 4, 2004: A non-union operator seems to be taking over the ABF cartage operation in Charlotte, N.C.
Millenium Express, a non-union cartage company, now actually rents part of the ABF dock. They use ABF’s pallet jacks and forklifts, load ABF freight onto six non-union trucks, and make deliveries and pick-ups. This has been going on for eight months and is expanding!
The excuse is “overflow freight.” Eight months of sudden overflow?
ABF is apparently exploiting Article 40, Section 4, of the Carolina Supplement to the NMFA, and the fact that Local 71 seems to allow union freight jobs to go non-union.
There are too many Teamster jobs contracted out in the freight industry. It’s time for our union, at the highest level, to just say no and enforce the contract.