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By Jeff Berman · October 22, 2015
Earlier this week, FedEx union pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) signed a new contract with FedEx management, which takes effect in November and becomes amendable in 2021. As for its chief competitor, UPS, though, things are not as harmonious, with the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), the trade union representing UPS pilots recently saying leadership called on its 2,528 members to authorize a pilot strike against UPS.
By Patrick Burnson · October 22, 2015
Late last week in Berlin, the leaders of the G7 issued a ministerial declaration outlining specific actions to promote worker rights and improve working conditions and environmental protections in global supply chains.
By MMH Staff · October 21, 2015
Tempered outlook reflects concerns over impact of China slowdown and strong dollar, according to PwC’s Q3 2015 Manufacturing Barometer.
By MMH Staff · October 21, 2015
New digital community is designed to support collaboration and sharing for people involved with all aspects of the supply chain.
By Jeff Berman · October 21, 2015
The December 31, 2015 Congressionally-mandated deadline for Positive Train Control (PTC) systems to be implemented on United States railways gets closer every day, but that does not mean the deadline will be met. In fact, it is quite the opposite, with both the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and various railroads and industry observers saying it most definitely will not be met.
By Jeff Berman · October 21, 2015
Following news earlier this month that the planned $4.8 billion acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT-NV and a provider of mail and courier services and the fourth largest global parcel operator, by FedEx may be showing signs of coming closer to fruition, with TNT’s shareholders formally giving their blessing on the proposed deal, the deal’s prospects improved further yesterday.
<p>TICO president Akira Onishi, TIEM president and CEO Takafumi “Alex” Zensho, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.</p> By Josh Bond · October 20, 2015
A rare plant shutdown sent more than 1,000 employees into the sun for live music, a pig roast and photo opportunities with the facility's 500,000th lift truck.
By Jeff Berman · October 20, 2015
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in September at 135.1 (2000=100) was 0.7 percent of August’s 134.1, and was 0.7 percent below the all-time high of 135.8 recorded in January 2015.
By Jeff Berman · October 20, 2015
ALPA said that the new contract takes effect in November and becomes amendable in 2021. And it added that the new contract is comprised of across-the-board increases for hourly pay rates and new-hire compensation, a significant signing bonus, retirement plan enhancements, and work-rule improvements, among other positive modifications.
By Jeff Berman · October 20, 2015
The recent freight growth push that was on display in its previous edition appears to have remained intact in the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
By LM Staff · October 20, 2015
The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline dropped 2.5 cents to $2.531 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
By MMH Staff · October 19, 2015
New IDC Manufacturing Insights report assesses technology adoption among smart manufacturing products.
By LM Staff · October 19, 2015
Less-than-truckload and transit technology services provider SMC3 said it has acquired Transportation Costing Group (TCG), a provider of activity-based cost modeling software and other profitability management tools for LTL and truckload shippers.
By Jeff Berman · October 19, 2015
While often viewed as a lower-price alternative to the “big two” of UPS and FedEx in some instances, the United States Postal Service (USPS) last week announced it plans to raise prices for some of its Shipping Services in a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission.
By LM Staff · October 19, 2015
Late last week, the United States House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a six-year, $325 billion surface transportation authorization, entitled The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015.

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