“Operational flexibility”…What does this mean? I have been in this industry for 17+ years and have worked for both Yellow and Roadway as a city P&D driver. I have been caught in change of operations twice and kicked to the CURB. (Intro to Bill Zollars) I also chose to relocate twice due to my own life events. (always have worked Union and will) YRCW has no regard for your “Operational Flexibility” with loss of wages, seniority and benefits etc. But not only YRCW, the Teamster have no regard for their members when it comes to flexibility , when you change locals they attempt to “Steal” the years you have vested in your pension. (And we all have heard stories of old timers who have screwed on their pension/retirements). As a Teamster you should be able to go anywhere and continue accruing your pension benefits without having to re-vest in a new local fund or plan. (better reciprocity) Now it seems that the company is looking for flexibility, earlier this year I believe the 2nd quarter YRCW (the Yellow div.) made a 800 million net profit. (This profit is after expenses.) What did they do with the profit?? Well I am not exactly sure, but I sure see a lot of new YRC logistics 45/48 ft trl. w/liftgates out there. Does this mean that you will see more of our freight going that way? (We know they are not investing in equipment in the city terminals.) Now is the time that we need to hold YRCW and the TEAMSTERS to the highest standard in the industry to create flexibility and job security for the members and safeguard the freight and the customers that quality union drivers cultivate!! On a positive note: The ATA says that trucking and freight volume in the U.S. is only going to increase. (think about it more people, more stores, more companies ,more imports, more restaurants…everything moves by truck…) no matter how slow the economy gets it will come back and we will drive trucks and you know the corporations want you to do it as cheap as possible(can they outsource drivers) so they can put the rest in their pockets. (We sell our soles and are bodies for a few dollars and then we die…broke and with a bad back.) We TEAMSTERS set the standard for the industry!