ABF, MCLAC to be bound by National Master Freight Agreement

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ABF Freight System has agreed to the Teamsters’ demand that the company should agree to be bound by the proposed 2008-2013 Teamsters National Freight Industry Standards, the union announced. MCLAC, a multiemployer bargaining association for freight employers, also has agreed to be bound by the standards, according to the Teamsters.

By agreeing to be bound by the proposed standards, ABF and MCLAC employees’ health, welfare and pension benefits will be protected, the Teamsters said; also, employees’ wages and working conditions will improve, as well as their job security.

“Improving and protecting our members’ wages, benefits and working conditions are our top priority,” says Tyson Johnson, director of the Teamsters National Freight Division and lead negotiator of the proposed agreement. “I urge all Teamster freight members to approve the tentative agreement.”

The tentative agreement, also known as the National Master Freight Agreement, provides record benefit contributions from employers that will help protect health, welfare and pension benefits. Teamster freight members overwhelmingly ratified the NMFA by a 67 percent margin, the union announced.