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ABF, union announce time to begin talks on new pact

As the principal subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp., ABF operates as a global provider of customizable supply chain solutions. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

10/11/2012

FORT SMITH, Ark. — ABF Freight System Inc., one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload freight carriers, and the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) announced Wednesday that they expect to begin negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 18.

TNFINC is the negotiating arm of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp. and was founded in 1923. The current collective bargaining agreement, known as the National Master Freight Agreement, expires at midnight on March 31, 2013.

It covers approximately 7,800 ABF Teamster employees in various locations across the United States, including road drivers, city drivers, dockworkers, mechanics and clerical personnel.

“We look forward to working together with TNFINC to create an agreement for our future that allows ABF to be more competitive,” said Roy Slagle, ABF president and chief executive officer. “Our goal is to reach an agreement that enables us to better compete in a rapidly changing freight transportation market on behalf of our customers, our employees and our shareholders.”

As the principal subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp., ABF operates as a global provider of customizable supply chain solutions.

More information is available at www.arkbest.com and www.abf.com.

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