The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee is reviewing proposed network changes by YRC Freight Worldwide and has advised local unions not to schedule any meetings with the company.
YRC previously sent union leadership a proposed set of network changes in an effort to optimize line-haul density, reduce shipment handling and improve service. Company officials said it would like the network improvements to start in May and will convene a formal hearing in April to talk through the new network.
According to a fax sent by the Teamsters to local chapters, "there is no scheduled hearing date this month or next month for this change of operations request."
YRC's proposal includes consolidating 29 end-of-line terminals into existing terminal locations and eliminating three distribution centers, among other changes. Consolidations would mostly be felt in the central region, with 12 terminals impacted by the decision. Three terminals in California have also been targeted.
"By realigning our network, YRC Freight will reduce the number of handling and relay locations in order to build network density," Jeff Rogers, president of YRC Freight, said in a statement. "These network improvements will be seamless to our customers and when implemented will improve our service. The ongoing effort to optimize our network is also a key part of our sustainability efforts as we reduce mileage and emissions. Better density means fewer empty miles and less emissions."
A spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters told American Shipper
he wasn't authorized to comment on the proposed changes. - Jon Ross