Teamsters covered by ABF Freight’s Central Region Local Cartage supplement have decided not to strike, voting by a majority of 70 percent to 30 percent not to endorse the action.
According to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the vote achieved a 77-percent turnout.
Employees decided to vote on a strike after receiving a “last, best and final” offer for the supplement on the five-year national master freight agreement, which was agreed upon in June, according to ABF.
“Based upon this outcome, there will be no strike by employees in the affected region or anywhere else in the ABF nationwide system,” the carrier said in a statement. “Next steps toward finalization of the national agreement will be determined shortly.”
Carrier officials had encouraged employees to vote no against the strike action, but were nevertheless preparing for a strike.
On Friday, ABF and the Teamsters agreed upon another extension to the contract negotiations in order to iron out two remaining supplements to the deal — those covering Central Region Local Cartage and Western Office Part 5 — by Nov. 2.