ABF Freight System said it filed legal actions Monday against units of YRC Worldwide and the Teamsters union for what it said were violations of the National Master Freight Agreement collective bargaining agreement that covers most U.S. unionized trucking employees.
ABF filed a grievance under the NMFA and an accompanying lawsuit naming the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and several Teamster units and affiliates, and YRC Worldwide units YRC Inc., New Penn Motor Express and USF Holland.
“It is ABF’s firm belief that the three rounds of [worker pay] concessions granted to YRC — with the latest deal just ratified last week . . . are in violation of the NMFA that has been in effect since April 2008,” said Wesley Kemp, ABF’s CEO.
“The NMFA applies equally to every company that signed it and quite simply, with these three amendments, it does not do that,” he said in a statement. “We need a long-term, industry-wide solution that is fair to all NMFA parties.