Union and the Motor Freight Carriers Association announced
Feb. 6 they reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a strike
against several major trucking firms.
comes days after the Teamsters voted to authorize a strike
against the companies. Union representatives said 95 percent
of the members who voted favored authorizing a strike.
between the union and the MFCA – anational group that represents
unionized general freight carriers such as ABF Freight System,
Roadway Express, Yellow Freight and USF Holland – broke down
in late January over wages and benefits.
groups resumed negotiating Feb. 5, two days after the strike
vote and one day before reaching the tentative accord.
to resolving a number of wage and benefit issues, the new
pact would prohibit the companies from subcontracting any
work in the United States to a Mexican carrier, the Teamsters
seemed satisfied with the pact.
contract will provide a shot in the arm to American working
families who have been faced with givebacks and concessions
over the last year,” Jim Hoffa, president of the Teamsters,
told reporters at a news conference.
is truly a win-win-win opportunity for our companies, our
employees and our customers,” Tim Lynch, President and CEO
of the MFCA, said in a statement.
agreement between the groups was set to expire March 31.
The new pact covers 65,000 members of the Teamsters Union.
In addition, smaller carriers that traditionally adopt similar
contracts employ another 20,000 Teamsters, the union said.