The Teamsters union said Thursday it has rejected less-than-truckload carrier Yellow Corp.’s plan to restructure operations at more than 200 terminals.
“Yellow doesn’t want to put this to a vote because they know the Teamsters Constitution and they know our members will unanimously reject their proposal,” O’Brien said. “This company doesn’t get to run around and ignore workers’ rights. We’re not playing games.”
However, the carrier disagrees. In a statement provided to FreightWaves, Yellow called on the IBT to put the measure to a vote.
“Unfortunately, the IBT has been mischaracterizing our statements and positions,” the statement said. “For months, we have worked in good faith with more than 100 local unions as well as Teamster leadership to address issues and concerns of our employees. Let employees make their own decisions about Yellow’s continued modernization efforts and their future job security.”
Yellow maintains the full overhaul of the network is vital to its success and something its customers are demanding.
“As we have listened to our employees, we have also listened to our customers who have determined what they prioritize: speed, reliability and competitive pricing,” the statement read. “With One Yellow changes underway, we are providing enhanced service in the West and hope to continue building on our success.
“In a time when today’s trucking industry is predominantly non-union, our One Yellow strategy will help preserve more than 22,000 well-paying union jobs,” Yellow said. “This is an unfortunate attempt to halt Yellow’s modernization efforts … which have been in the works and well-publicized since 2019.”