Court Dismisses ABF Freight Lawsuit Against Teamsters

A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday dismissed without prejudice a lawsuit brought by ABF Freight System Inc. against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and others for alleged violations of a collective bargaining agreement covering most unionized trucking employees in the country.

The lawsuit, filed in November 2010 by Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smth's largest subsidiary, came after YRC Worldwide of Overland Park, Kan., and union members reached a new labor contract extending the Teamster's national contract with YRC to March 2015 and keeping 15 percent wage cuts.

In the lawsuit, ABF alleged that YRC and the Teamsters violated the NMFA in 2009 and 2010 by entering into "concessionary side agreements with YRC Companies to the exclusion of ABF and other companies signatory to the NMFA."

On Wednesday, Arkansas Best said ABF is studying the ruling and evaluating its options, which it said include taking a second appeal to the Eighth Circuit or refiling the case in the District Court.

This is the second time the judge, Susan Webber Wright, has dismissed the case. Her previous dismissal was reversed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2011.