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LTL carrier Yellow reports $70m H1 loss after shutting down

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Aug 9, 2023, 3:35 PM EDT

Yellow lost money in its last six months as shippers moved freight elsewhere and non-operating expenses, including debt payments and interest, consumed shrinking operating profits.
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US trucking hiring slowing amid soft freight demand

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Aug 8, 2023, 11:22 AM EDT

The US economy is improving, but the gains in recent months haven’t translated into additional freight, nor an additional surge in trucking employment.
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Yellow seeks orderly ‘wind down’ amid bankruptcy filing

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Aug 7, 2023, 10:21 AM EDT

The third-largest US less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier said Sunday it plans to use debtor-in-possession financing to support the sale of assets, while CEO Darren Hawkins blamed the Teamsters union for its collapse.
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Yellow collapse seen hitting smaller, mid-sized LTL shippers hardest

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Aug 2, 2023, 1:38 PM EDT

The loss of the third-largest US less-than-truckload carrier is hitting a broad tranche of smaller, less-sophisticated shippers hard as they struggle with volatile rate hikes, logistics providers say.
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TForce Freight employees ratify five-year contract with Teamsters

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 31, 2023, 12:46 PM EDT

US shippers gained some security in the LTL market as Teamsters at TForce approved a new contract with the LTL carrier.
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Non-union layoffs edge Yellow closer to collapse

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 28, 2023, 5:08 PM EDT

Word of layoffs among non-union staff at Yellow spread Friday, and shippers report less-than-truckload (LTL) pricing is already moving higher in anticipation of a shutdown of the third-largest US LTL carrier.
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Yellow looks to sell third-party logistics subsidiary as labor talks falter 

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 28, 2023, 10:55 AM EDT

In its latest attempt to avert a potential bankruptcy, unionized trucking company Yellow is trying to raise funds through the sale of Yellow Logistics.
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UPS, Teamsters reach deal on tentative five-year contract, averting possible strike

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 25, 2023, 1:01 PM EDT

A tentative agreement removes the threat of a disruptive strike that would have roiled supply chains, giving UPS Teamsters several weeks to vote on the new contract.
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Shippers consider options after Yellow misses payment to pension fund

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Jul 18, 2023, 4:17 PM EDT

The missed payment erases a measure of optimism that existed after creditors, including the US government, last week gave Yellow more time to resolve its restructuring dispute with the Teamsters in return for heightened financial oversight.
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US trucking companies adds jobs, but employees work fewer hours

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 7, 2023, 4:42 PM EDT

For-hire trucking companies have been expanding their workforce since February, but a soft freight market is cutting into weekly hours worked by drivers and dockworkers, BLS data shows.
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UPS, Teamsters break off contract talks

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 5, 2023, 11:39 AM EDT

UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are battling on the brink of a potential strike, with both sides claiming the other has walked away from the negotiating table.
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Teamster workers ratify ABF contract, UPS deal draws closer

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 3, 2023, 12:26 PM EDT

The ABF-Teamsters contract is the first of three major negotiations the union is conducting this summer to make it past the finish line, with UPS and TForce Freight talks still ongoing.
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Yellow asks Biden to help bring Teamsters ‘to the table’ 

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 30, 2023, 11:53 AM EDT

In a letter Thursday, less-than-truckload provider Yellow asked President Biden to intervene personally in its dispute with the Teamsters and break an impasse it claims threatens 22,000 union jobs. 
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UPS Teamsters authorize strike as contract talks enter final weeks

JOC Team | Jun 16, 2023, 4:14 PM EDT

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UPS say they’ve made progress on non-economic issues, but there’s still heavy lifting ahead for the largest labor pact in the US private sector.
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Teamsters-ABF pact would boost LTL wages, limit driverless technology

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 16, 2023, 3:19 PM EDT

Leaders within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have endorsed a tentative contract reached with ABF that would set a high bar for other unionized carriers in the largely non-union less-than-truckload sector.
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Teamsters asks Yellow workers for contract talk ‘priorities’

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 15, 2023, 12:43 PM EDT

Despite disagreement over Yellow’s restructuring plans, the Teamsters union is taking a first step toward opening contract talks by surveying 22,000 union members online.
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Teamsters, UPS agree on heat safety measures as contract talks continue 

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 14, 2023, 12:38 PM EDT

Air conditioning, heat shields and air intake vents are coming to UPS package cars as the Teamsters and their largest employer move closer to a tentative five-year labor agreement. 
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LTL carrier Roadrunner finds faster network attracts more freight

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 24, 2023, 12:51 PM EDT

More freight density, a tighter point-to-point network and better data have enabled successive rounds of transit time cuts at Roadrunner, which company executives claim is gaining shipments.
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US trucking adds jobs in April as manufacturing expands

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 8, 2023, 5:02 PM EDT

US trucking companies added jobs for the second straight month, but the employment wave hasn’t reached package delivery firms or warehouses.
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Yellow looks to reopen Teamster contract, negotiate consolidation

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Apr 26, 2023, 12:22 PM EDT

Yellow, the largest Teamsters employer in the US less-than-truckload sector, says it is willing to negotiate a new contract a year early as it tries to remove roadblocks to consolidating its network.
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IANA warns against national reclassification of independent contractors

Teri Errico Griffis | Apr 19, 2023, 4:27 PM EDT

The Intermodal Association of North America is adding its voice to the chorus of opposition against a federal push to reclassify independent workers.
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US transport providers lose fewer jobs than expected in January

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 3, 2023, 2:44 PM EST

Courier, trucking, and warehousing firms lost workers last month, but the seasonal surge and purge was more muted than expected, reflecting broader labor market resilience.
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Demand for last-mile services fuels US transportation hiring

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 6, 2023, 4:19 PM EST

Firms engaged in last-mile delivery hired fewer workers than expected in December, but still made big employment gains, while real trucking jobs in the US dropped in a typical seasonal pattern.
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Proposed federal rule threatens independent contractor model in trucking: opponents

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 6, 2023, 12:19 PM EST

A new rule proposed by the US Department of Labor could signal the beginning of the end of the independent contractor model in port drayage and other trucking sectors, opponents say.
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High stock levels, weak demand put CNY import rush in doubt

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 6, 2022, 10:54 AM EST

The traditional increase in bookings for December and January shipments out of Asia is nowhere to be seen as importers in destination markets struggle with surplus stock levels and weakening demand.
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Transportation hiring surge falls short in November

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 2, 2022, 4:58 PM EST

Hiring expectations fell short across many transportation sectors in November, with real trucking employment dropping while warehousing firms and couriers added workers.
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Trailer makers boosting production as orders soar

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 2, 2022, 1:34 PM EST

Stubbornly strong industrial output and pent-up demand are expected to keep pressure on trailer manufacturers to increase supply, even during a US economic slowdown.
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US trucking jobs rebounded to all-time high in October

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 4, 2022, 3:45 PM EDT

For-hire trucking companies added almost 20,000 jobs last month, erasing September’s payroll cut as capacity shifts between trucking sectors.
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US transport hiring rises, but not at warehouses

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 2, 2022, 4:59 PM EDT

While trucking makes hiring gains in the US, unadjusted warehousing and storage employment has fallen in four of the past five months, contributing to supply chain bottlenecks.
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US trucking’s hiring surge gaining momentum

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 3, 2022, 2:29 PM EDT

The addition of 22,500 trucking employees in May after a 14,900-gain in real jobs in April reveals a trucking sector confident in continuing freight demand as markets realign in 2022.
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Hiring surge points to strong US trucking demand

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 9, 2022, 4:29 PM EDT

For-hire trucking employment soared past seasonal expectations in April, underscoring strong demand despite declining spot market pricing.
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Worker retention the real problem in US transportation, warehouse sector: analyst

Jason Miller, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University | Jan 20, 2022, 11:11 AM EST

Facing one of the most challenging labor markets in recent memory, US transportation and warehousing managers are finding workers -- they’re just having trouble holding onto them, says a sector analyst.
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US delivery employment soars as trucking slips

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 7, 2022, 4:48 PM EST

Seasonality was behind the large increases in courier and delivery employment and a drop in trucking employment last month; beneath the surface, there’s tooth-and-nail competition for labor.
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Omicron adding to trucking capacity woes

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 6, 2022, 4:48 PM EST

The fast-spreading variant of COVID-19 likely won’t affect trucking as much as warehousing and aviation, but its indirect impact will put more pressure on already high trucking costs.
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Biden effort to attract truck labor not a short-term fix

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 20, 2021, 12:14 PM EST

A White House plan to encourage more trucking companies to recruit drivers via apprenticeships isn’t a short-term fix but may help long-haul carriers find drivers for the long term.
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Transportation hiring, but not trucking, surged in November

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 7, 2021, 4:35 PM EST

The for-hire trucking industry lost jobs in November, as it typically does, but fewer than anticipated as couriers and warehouses grabbed the most new employees amid strong pre-holiday demand.
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Hiring gap between large, small trucking companies poses challenges

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 30, 2021, 4:26 PM EST

A spot market gold rush is enlarging a hiring gap between large and small trucking companies, posing challenges for larger carriers seeking drivers and for shippers moving large volumes of freight.
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Teamsters elect Hoffa opponents to lead union

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 19, 2021, 5:33 PM EST

Teamsters rank-and-file members have elected critics of outgoing General President James P. Hoffa to lead the union in a more militant direction.
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US transportation hiring exceeds expectations

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 5, 2021, 3:54 PM EDT

Bigger than expected gains in warehousing and trucking in October are welcome amid ongoing reports of labor shortages.
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US vaccine mandate to impact truck rates, capacity

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 5, 2021, 12:01 PM EDT

The Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing mandate for large employers will affect truck capacity and pricing, but questions about the extent of its impact remain.
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