YRCW ask Teamsters for "relief"...

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  1. latanea

    latanea Road Train Member

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    The very latest:

    LTL transportation news: YRCW, Teamsters reach tentative labor agreement

    Details of pact expected to be released on December 3

    Jeff Berman, Group News Editor -- Logistics Management, 12/1/2008

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and WASHINGTON'Taking steps to shore up economic woes due in large part to an ongoing economic slowdown, freight transportation services provider YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) and theInternational Brotherhood of Teamsters said they have reached a tentative agreement to modify the current labor agreement for YRCW employees covered by the National Master Freight Agreement.

    Details of the agreement are expected to be released on December 3, according to the Teamsters. And it will cover Teamster members that are employees of YRCW subsidiaries Yellow Transportation, Roadway, USF Holland, and New Penn; there are about 40,000 Teamster drivers, dockworkers, and clerical workers, among others employed by YRCW. If leaders of the local Teamster unions that represent members of these YRCW companies approve the plan, the Teamsters said that its freight members will be asked to ratify the agreement in December.

    "The industry decline in volumes and pricing is continuing in the current quarter, affecting our profits and cash flow and our ability to pay down debt from operating funds," said Bill Zollars, YRCW Chairman, President, and CEO, in a statement. "The modification to the agreement...will establish a more competitive cost structure allowing us to accelerate our market share recovery and capitalize on opportunities for future growth, while at the same time, defending the long-term prospects and job security of our employees."


    Industry analyst Ed Wolfe, president of Wolfe Research, said in a client research note that each $0.50'or 2.3 percent'of hourly wage concession on a base of $22.11 for hourly wages equates to about $50 million of annual EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) for YRCW. Wolfe added that YRCW company statements indicate that the existing $12.39 per hour in benefits per Teamster will not change under this new reduction.
    SJ Consulting President Satish Jindel observed that this tentative agreement is indicative of how the Teamsters under President James Hoffa have shown a little more of a business friendly approach to labor contracts, with the December 2007 contract the Teamsters inked with UPS on the parcel side being another indication of it understanding that YRCW competes fiercely with other carriers.

    "The Teamsters made some concessions to allow UPS to maintain the union jobs that are very good jobs in the current economy, and it is the same thing with YRCW," said Jindel. "They recognize that this is an industry where as of today the non union guys are a strong alternative to the union carriers, and as a result, the combined wages/pension and other benefits cost more than non-union jobs and that in order to be competitive in this market they have to be understanding of that. This shows they are trying to do their part to protect those jobs that exist at the union operating companies of YRCW.

    With details of the agreement to be released on December 3, Jindel commented they will carry a lot of weight in terms of quantifying the exact amount of savings YRCW will see, coupled with the fact that that the Teamsters are cooperating with YRCW to help it at a difficult time.

    This announcement follows recent news from YRCW in which the company said on November 25 it has kicked off a cash tender offer to purchase outstanding notes in an effort to reduce debt and interest costs, increase net income, and improve leverage. And on November 19, YRCW's credit rating was downgraded by the S&P, forcing the company to collateralize its remaining unencumbered assets'mainly its real estate and revenue equipment, which have a market value of roughly $1.5 billion.

    Along with these issues, low volumes due to limited consumer spending have made 2008 a challenging year for YRCW. Some of the subsequent issues the company has experienced include:


    • ceasing operations at 27 service centers for YRCW regional LTL subsidiaries USF Holland and USF Reddaway, which resulted in 1,100 employee terminations;
    • closing down a revenue management center in Topeka, Kan., due to declining volumes;
    • 400 non-union employee job cuts over August and September;
    • drawing down $325 million on its senior revolving credit facility to be used to pay off a $225 million Roadway notes payment due December 1, according to a Stifel Nicolaus report, along with an outstanding $100 million 6.5 percent senior notes due on May 1, 2009, with the redemption of notes due December 1, 2008.
    An October report from the Kansas City Star said YRCW may lay off roughly 3,750 employees as part of its September plan to integrate its Yellow Transportation and Roadway units.

    As LM has previously reported, YRCW announced in September it plans to hasten the integration strategy of Yellow Transportation and Roadway by combining its sales teams and providing shippers with a comprehensive portfolio of services through one operating network entitled Yellow Roadway, with the Yellow Transportation and Roadway brands maintaining their own brands and presence in the LTL sector. YRCW contends this move will increase its network density, resulting in lower-fixed costs and service improvements. The integration effort is expected to last through 2009 and save YRCW more than $200 million in annual operating savings.

    YRCW North American Transportation President and CEO Mike Smid told LM in September that these savings will come from various sources, including consolidating the number of facilities it operates out of from 650 to roughly 450 as it combines capacity in existing facilities. Smid said other savings will come from local pickup and delivery handling.
     
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    Here is more, as of today(12/3/2008 at 4:46pm ET) Out of Market Report:



    YRC Worldwide Teamsters Employees to vote on contract modifications; proposal includes 10% wage reduction and ownership stake Co announces that its Yellow Transportation, Roadway, Holland and New Penn business units have asked their union employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to modify the company's current labor agreements. While working on a longer-term solution to this issue, YRCW is seeking immediate cost savings through proposed changes for the remainder of the contract including: 10% reduction in all wages paid, inclusive of scheduled increases; Suspension of Cost of Living Adjustments. In exchange, Teamsters employees would receive a 15% ownership stake in YRCW allowing them to share in future company performance through stock price appreciation. The details of this plan are still being finalized. Contributions to the health, welfare and pension plans would continue as previously negotiated. The estimated cost savings from these modifications is approx $220-$250 mln annually. The company expects that a ratification vote on the proposed modification will occur prior to the end of the year with an expected effective date of Jan 1, 2009.
     
  4. latanea

    latanea Road Train Member

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    For most of us in Linehaul - this agreement (if voted in) would equate to about a 7500-10000 buck a year cut.

    Based on my 2007 runs it would be $8879

    Pretty manageable in my opinion.:yes2557:
     
  5. Mooney

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    Ten percent isn't enough to solve YRCW's problems.
     
  6. latanea

    latanea Road Train Member

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    They are finalizing the second part of the deal which would give employees automatic stock every payday...




    SO far it looks like this

    10% cut off of our gross earnings

    no raises for the duration of the timeframe

    BUT

    the company will give us 15% of our gross in company stock for the duration...

    (details coming soon)
     
  7. latanea

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    I think it is - considering we are still making a profit (and have been).

    This is about operational cash - not stability of operations.

    All of this came up when our corporate credit was slashed (like so many others) - and the company had concerns about earmarked credit already planned (but now not available).
     
  8. latanea

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    Is the fact that they will give us 15% a good or bad sign? It seems like this might an effort to distract other NMFA carriers from trying to get the same concessions...
     
  10. latanea

    latanea Road Train Member

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    Dunno...

    Time will tell of course - But I for one, am comfortable with this deal.

    and given the rise and fall of YRCW stock - and the fact that it is in a low trough - it holds the possibility of going up sharply once the econ turns around.
     
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