ABF Freight, Teamsters Reach New Labor Agreement

ABF Freight, Teamsters Reach New Labor Agreement

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith announced Wednesday that its subsidiary ABF Freight had reached a tentative five-year agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

No specifics were released, and the company said it would share details in the coming weeks. 

ArcBest had been in talks with Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee, the union’s negotiating arm, about a deal to replace one reached in 2018 that was set to expire June 30. Talks had been focused on protections against purchased transportation, autonomous vehicles, and inward facing cameras in trucks, the union said in a statement last month.

Any agreement would still have to be approved by Teamsters members. In 2018, the agreed-upon labor agreement was held up when the union members rejected nine of the area supplements.

Union members have voted to authorize a strike if the current contract negotiations come to an impasse, FreightWaves reported. 

ABF Freight is ArcBest's less-than-truckload subsidiary and the labor agreement affects about 8,000 drivers, mechanics and office workers.

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