Arkansas Best Corp.
The Teamsters union notified ABF Freight System that strike authorization ballots are being sent Oct. 8 to workers covered by a Central Region supplemental agreement that has been voted down twice.
The so-called Central Region Cartage supplement was the largest of seven side agreements that were initially turned down when union members approved a five-year contract in June. The ballots are set to be counted Oct. 29.
The strike authorization vote is mandated by the union’s constitution after ABF presented its “last best and final offer” to win ratification of the Central Region supplement, the company said in a statement.
The contract, calling for an initial 7% wage reduction, can’t take effect until all side agreements are approved.