I FOR ONE HAVE HAD ENOUGH! Well Brothers and Sisters I can no longer sit on the side and watch as our futures are being decided by people other than abf Teamsters. As you all know they ask us in the beginning what was the most important things we wanted in the contract talks. If they had been abf Teamsters that question would not have had to be ask. But they are not abf Teamsters they were almost all Teamsters from other companies. Remember the last contract they shoved down our throats in 2013. Now we can't even find a copy of who will be doing the deciding for us for the most part WHY? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF! I for one am done with someone else deciding what is best for me that doesn't even have a dog in the fight. How many of the negotiators for the UPS contract are non UPS Teamsters? How many of the negotiators on our contract are abf Teamsters? To explain why I'am so concerned with the people on our committee look no farther than our last contract. And let's not forget our honest and up front executive team at arcbest. Here is a little history into how it all went down the last time we had yrc and other non abf Teamsters deciding our future. We lost 7% of our wages we lost a weeks vacation we were given a choice to vote yes or authorize a yes vote to strike if deemed so by the ibt. At almost all the locals across the country we had to hear this is the best we could get you and we advise you to take it or else. We took it because many were scared and thus arcbest grew the light asset divisions and we lost sales people and customers to arcbest. arcbest got a new corporate headquarters and panther got a new one also while we lost market share to the light asset divisions. The last time we had non abf Teamsters doing our contract we got the shaft and therefore I will say it I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THEM DOING IT AGAIN! At abf since the last contract if you were hired after 4/1/2013 you will be red circle your WHOLE CAREER. Meaning forever you will be called after PURCHASED TRANSPORTATION what a joke but guess what IT IS NOT THAT WAY AT yrc companies. At abf we all lost a weeks vacation thus new hires wait two years for the first weeks vacation and eight years for the second week. At yrc new hires get a week after a year two weeks after two years and three weeks the eighth year. Now I ask does that sound a little bit like we were treated differently? But hey don't forget our company leadership took advantage of the screwing of the abf Teamsters and those that would come to abf. Now this group is asking for a strike authorization vote from select locals WHY? Lets see what some of the reasons could be. Could it be to show arcbest we would strike? I wouldn't think so since it is not a vote by all abf Teamsters just a select few. Am I to believe that the select few locals will decide our contract because after all they are getting to decide on a strike authorization or not. Could it be that Judy and company will now go to the most profitable customers that abf has and sign them up with arcbest light asset divisions to assure they will have no break in their supply chain since they will have a copy of the strike authorization voted on and passed by a select few but it will appear it is a vote of abf Teamsters as a whole? Will some of our customers jump to the companies that our negotiators appear on the seniority list? How many Teamsters on the UPS negotiating are from companies other than UPS? AND WHY HASN'T the Teamsters ask for a strike authorization vote from a select few UPS locals? Just a couple questions that need to be answered. UPS Freight has not had to vote on a strike authorization but yet abf is knee deep in NOT OF OUR OWN DOING. What is the proposals that the ibt gave arcbest that they turned down? What was the complete offer made by arcbest? The people representing us have kept us in the dark and now they want us to trust them blindly. NO WAY! We might be the smallest of the union trucking companies but we are abf Teamsters and we have a history of not running with the herd. Yes it is true we have lost our identity as of late but now is the time to show all those involved union and company we will not sit by and let them PLAY WITH THE LIVES OF OUR FAMILIES. I DEMAND ALL TEAMSTERS ON THE abf NMFA committee be replaced by abf Teamsters and that when all is done the ibt as a whole can sit down with the abf Teamsters and hammer out a contract we decided not someone else. YOUR BROTHER ALWAYS! STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT OR BEND OVER FOR WHAT YOU DESERVE! Check out the above comments posted by a Teamster Brother "Muler" on another board. He makes some interesting observations. Stay united my ABF Freight Brothers and Sisters!