Teamster News

Top 100 Carriers Get More Selective With Freight as Capacity Remains Tight

Transport Topics

The nation’s largest for-hire carriers are becoming more selective about the freight they haul, taking steps to minimize delays and focusing on better utilization of equipment and personnel as strong demand and a shortage of drivers continue to strain capacity. But tight capacity isn’t necessarily hampering growth for carriers on the Transport Topics Top 100 list, as the number of companies on this year’s ranking with annual revenue of at least $1 billion increased to 35 from 30 the previous year.

Movement to Save Pension Grows

July 15, 2015: The movement to head off pension cuts and protect Teamster pensions continues to grow, even as the Central States Fund plans to announce their intention to slash earned pensions.

Teamsters United Volunteers in Action

July 16, 2015: With the August 15 deadline closing in, Teamster volunteers are picking up the pace in the drive to collect 50,000 signatures to accredit Tim Sylvester and the Teamsters United Slate.

Appeals Court Backs Kansas Ruling That FedEx Ground Drivers Are Employees

Transport Topics

In the latest of a series of recent worker-status rulings, a federal appeals court upheld a Kansas Supreme Court decision last year that classified about 500 FedEx Ground drivers as employees rather than independent contractors under that state’s law. The decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals followed a month after FedEx agreed to settle another worker status, in which the company maintained that workers were independent contractors. In the California case, FedEx agreed to pay $228 million to more than 2,000 drivers.

Daimler Testing Electric Trucks

Transport Topics

Daimler said it has successfully completed a yearlong consumer test of its electric battery-powered Fuso Canter E-Cell. The company tested eight trucks in Portugal, where the vehicles achieved a range of more than 62 miles and a payload of 2 tons, according to Daimler.

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