Now that the stock exchange shows YELL at the new marker for YRC Worldwide, what does this new branding mean for working Teamsters? First, it will mean consolidation and the need to protect jobs.
YRC Freight and Holland have requested a Multi-Region Change of Operations hearing for March 11-12, 2021. The plan is to consolidate work currently done out of the Green Bay Wisc, La Crosse Wisc, Rockford Ill, Rock Island Ill, and Saginaw Mich into Holland terminal operations.
The terms will be reviewed under Article 8, Section 6 of the NMFA. Seniority will be dovetailed, active to active, inactive to inactive. Yellow is requesting an April 4, 2021 implementation date. Teamsters transferring to a Holland operation will be governed by the Holland work rules and contractual provisions.
The Future for Teamsters
While YRC-Freight, Holland, New Penn, Reddaway, and HNRY Logistics will continue to operate as separate entities, Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins says this is a transition period. The first phase will be a review of terminal operations and locations, and where it makes geographical sense, a consolidation. The company has 333 terminals in the overall LTL freight foot print, and is going to reduce that number. Hawkins recently told Logistics Management that Yellow will not have two brands in one geography.
Teamsters are starting to see some of this, involving Holland and YRC Freight. It’s important that we enforce the contract. Yellow got a hefty infusion of CARES Act dollars to the tune of $700 million, which was to help maintaining current employment levels. Let’s be sure to hold Yellow to that.