YRC Worldwide Inc. said is evaluating new approaches to its long-term contract situation in talks with the Teamsters union after last week’s rejection of an extension that would have solidified the carrier’s financial situation.
“The company plans to revise its proposal to both work within the requirements of the capital markets to refinance the company and protect the jobs of its 32,000 employees,” the company’s Jan. 16 statement said, without giving details.
YRC asked the Teamsters to accept an extension of the current contract, which expires next year, into 2019. But 61% of those voting turned down the proposal. Some lenders had agreed to steps that would help the company retire $300 million of its $1.4 billion debt as long as the union approved the extended contract. The first batch of YRC’s debt comes due next month, requiring a $69 million payment.