Pay special attention to the section on Pension Funds. Even though not all are troubled this contract will have a devastating effect on all our Pensions in the future. This is items 1 and 2 3 and 4 in next reply please read this before you vote. This contract is about much more than not paying for healthcare. 4 Red Herrings from the 2018 – 2023 ABF contract proposal. #1 Profit Sharing is actually a concession because it will never happen. This is just a hollow “feel good” win from our lackluster negotiating team. It’s a hold over from the concessions of 5 years ago. During the last 5 years, ABF made sure they had enough money to buy multiple companies while also making sure ABF would never turn enough of a profit to pay employees profit sharing. Does anyone remember U-Pack coming off the official books and becoming a subsidiary of ArcBest, while most of the trailer moves went to Old Dominion or Estes? If you vote YES because of the Profit Sharing clause, you’re voting for NOTHING. #2 Red Circle protection is a continued concession. Another hold over from our last concessionary contract that created a 2 tiered system of protection of road work being subcontracted. Like 5 years ago, those who vote YES gain protection, while throwing new hires to the wolves of subcontracting, now with the added bonus of diminishing Red Circle gains. If 2 Red Circle protected drivers retire, one unprotected driver gains Red Circle protection. Let me explain it the way a road driver explained it, in easy language that both city and road men can understand. Imagine you work at a terminal that has a trailer pool of a 100 trailers. Each time a road driver came in he brought one trailer while taking away 2. Pretty soon you wouldn’t have any trailers to work with. This is simply ABF’s way of gaining the ability to give away a higher percentage of road work, rather than pegging it to a certain percentage. Each year as drivers retire and are replaced, that percentage increases as the contracts ages out to the 5 year mark, simply because new road drivers have no protection. This bad deal is then reset and then repackaged as a Union win, while the same cycle repeats itself. What makes a “win” is language banning subcontracting completely, unless everyone is working in both the road and city boards, while also including a mechanism that adds road jobs, if certain levels of subcontracting is reached. If you vote YES because you think the Red Circle language is a protection, it’s actually a concession that allows ABF to pay a subcontractor a cheaper total wage package than someone who is already employed by ABF.