Teamsters, ABF Kick Off Contract Negotiations

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) kicked off national negotiations in early January for a new ABF National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA).

The initial meetings focused primarily on language issues but ABF raised claims that its employee costs and operating costs are too high. TNFINC, however, made it clear that members were not interested in a concessionary contract.

“Rather than get bogged down right off the bat in what could have easily resulted in a collision, we spent the initial meetings trying to resolve some of the less controversial issues and made progress in those areas,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division and Co-Chairman of TNFINC.

The current ABF National Master Freight Agreement runs through March 31, 2018 and covers more than 8,000 members. Multiple weeks were been set aside for bargaining.

ABF Teamsters can get more information by visiting the ABF Teamsters Facebook page. Go to “ABF Teamsters” on Facebook. Or visit and click on the Freight Division page, then click the “ABF Contract Updates” button. Text “ABF” to 86466 to receive text message alerts (message and data rates may apply).