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January 19, 2011 3:00 PM, EST

ABF Files Appeal on YRC-Teamsters Pact

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ABF Freight System has appealed a judge’s ruling dismissing its suit against the Teamsters union and competing less-than-truckload carrier YRC Worldwide over a labor agreement reached last year between YRC and the union.

ABF, the LTL unit and largest operating division of Arkansas Best Corp., filed the appeal Tuesday with the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the company said in a regulatory filing.

A judge last month dismissed ABF’s suit over the deal between YRC and the Teamsters, which included pay and pension cuts to help YRC’s bottom line, saying it violated the National Master Freight Agreement.

After YRC and the Teamsters reached their agreement in late October, ABF filed suit for what it called violations of the NMFA collective bargaining provisions that cover most U.S. unionized trucking employees.

Arkansas Best Corp is ranked No. 16 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. YRC is ranked No. 4.