Negotiations for our contract started 9 days before it expired. Really? Did the company think the plea of poverty at contract time would fly? Standard Forwarding has used this tactic for at least the last 3 contracts. We are paid a lesser wage-benefit package than all Unionized carriers, and most non-Union carriers. Apparently the contract the company wants is so poor the International and our Business Agents won't even let us see it to vote NO. Talks are to resume at the end of March. Time for the company to get real. BLO drivers are ready to vote NO on the contract, and YES to authorize a strike.