Roadway reportedly planning changes nationwide

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Roadway Express reportedly is planning a nationwide change in its operations that would build up the company’s terminals in South Bend, Ind., and Kansas City, Kan. The plan reportedly would eliminate 482 jobs and add 509 jobs at terminals throughout the country.

The Kansas City Business Journal reported Friday, Jan. 5, that Roadway’s plans were announced in a document posted on the Teamsters for a Democratic Union website. The proposed changes will allow Roadway to reduce its average days of transit, improve service and gain flexibilities necessary to remain competitive, according to the document. The company has asked for a Feb. 12 hearing to consider the changes; if approved, they will begin March 18, according to the document.

The document noted that 30 percent of Roadway’s contract business is up for bid during the first quarter of 2007, according to the Business Journal. Business and jobs could be lost if the changes aren’t implemented during the first quarter, the document said. Roadway employs about 16,000 union members in a total work force of 24,000.

The document said Roadway plans to add 87 jobs at its Kansas City terminal in the spring, the Business Journal reported. The trucking subsidiary of Overland Park, Kan.-based YRC Worldwide plans to add 35 dock employees, nine terminal employees and 43 drivers in Kansas City, according to the newspaper.