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Sep 24, 2016

XPO Logistics' * USA: Union to focus on the ‘less-than-truckload’

* Illinois - Teamsters mounting campaign to organize drivers at XPO Logistics

--- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is mounting a campaign to organize truckers driving for XPO Logistics Inc., opening a new front in the union’s push to revive its influence in the trucking industry... Last week, the Teamsters announced that drivers for XPO Logistics Inc. in Aurora, Ill. and workers at XPO’s warehouse in North Haven, Conn. had filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board to seek union representation. The drives follow similar, recent moves by the Teamsters to organize XPO employees in Laredo, Tex. and Vernon, Calif... Unionized drivers dominated trucking for much of the 20th century, but membership fell off sharply starting in the 1980s, when deregulation made it easier for new, nonunion fleets to enter the market... The Teamsters’ efforts have focused on the less-than-truckload, or LTL, segment of the industry, in which drivers haul freight from multiple shippers in each load. They tend to drive shorter distances, making them easier to organize than drivers working cross-country routes... 
(PHOTO: XPO LOGISTICS INC. - Analysts say that driver compensation is the biggest cost at most trucking companies after fuel, and that extra benefits that go to unionized drivers can eat into slim margins) -- Aurora, ILL, USA - The WSJ, by ROBBIE WHELAN - Sept. 21, 2016

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