September 24, 2014: YRC drivers are fed-up with pictures like this. It’s time to go beyond complaining and challenge subcontracting.
There is language in the YRC MOU that offers protections, if it is utilized and enforced. It’s time to do just that.
Here is some of the language that exists in the MOU:
“The maximum amount of over-the-road purchased transportation shall be limited to 6% (starting with Calendar Year 2014) of YRC Freight’s total miles...”
“The use of PTS under this section 7(e) is for direct, closed-door service from distribution center to distribution center only...”
“At those locations where PTS is utilized, YRC Freight shall provide protection for all active bid road drivers during each dispatch day the PTS service is used and all active extra board road drivers during each dispatch week that PTS service is used.”
“The protection for boards at intermediate relay locations will be weekly earnings, calculated using the four (4) week average method. As an example, if PTS is dispatched from Kansas City destined for Atlanta, the board at the intermediate relay in Nashville will have earnings protected that week.”
“YRC shall report in writing on a monthly basis to each Local Union affected and to the Freight Division, the number of trailers tendered to any purchased transportation provider. YRC Freight also shall report the carrier’s name (including DOT number), origin, destination, trailer/load number, trailer weight and the time the trailer/load leaves YRC Freight's yard. In addition, YRC Freight shall, on a quarterly basis, unless otherwise required, send to the office of the National Freight Director a report containing all of the above indicated information in addition to the total number of miles YRC Freight utilized with purchased transportation, inclusive of the type of PTS utilized, including whether the purpose was for avoiding empty miles, overflow or one-time business opportunities such as product launches.”
“...each time YRC Freight uses purchased transportation providers to run over the top of linehaul domicile terminal locations and/or relay domiciles, said dispatches shall be counted as supplemental or replacement runs, as applicable, for purposes of calculating the requirement to add new employees to the road board. The formula for recalling or adding employees to the affected road board shall be thirty (30) supplemental runs in a sixty (60) day period.”
If local unions and the International enforce this language, it will be clear that YRC is committing violations, and we will gain additional work and additional Teamster jobs. This means consistently filing grievances, networking stewards from terminal to terminal, and demanding real enforcement from the grievance panels and the Freight Division.