The terminal I used to work at before retirement has lost it's one UE run. I am told the National Utility Review Committee approved cancelling 16 runs total here in the Ohio/Penna/Va/W.NY. area. From what I understand, all these runs were in excess of 500 miles or thereabouts. The one we had was converted to a 5/8 bid from a 4/10 bid, thereby greatly increasing operating costs without substantially adding revenue. As I was still the steward when ABF converted these runs, I had argued that the safety of the employees involved was going to be at risk adding a fifth day to the run. I was told that there would be no more dock work for the UE guy, and he would be waiting a minimal amount of turnaround,......all just to insure he had just barely enough hours to do five days. So I said you are pretty much turning this into a road run,.......which ruffled company feathers because of my terming this a "road run"...... Apparently, that is how they are going to replace the UE runs,.........with road power. Apparently, having a dedicated UE run didn't achieve company goals. Now,.....is there a distinct turndown of freight? Have we lost freight volumes? Or....have they determined that throwing massive amounts of overtime......forced overtime, in my opinion,.....at a dollar an hour premium above top wage is just as "expensive" as road power?