Canadian drivers told to stay home as Yellow cuts operations

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by Emily Atkins

Yellow Corporation, previously YRC, has told its Canadian drivers to stay home today.

Unifor, the union representing 58 owner-operators and 70 company linehaul drivers for YRC Freight Canada, reported late Monday that drivers had been told not to come to work as YRC Freight Canada’s U.S.-based parent company, Yellow, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The company, which was a major player in less-than-truckload freight, announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy and cease operations on both sides of the border.

According to the Teamsters union, the bankruptcy could affect up to 30,000 jobs in the US.

“The bankruptcy process is an escape hatch for CEOs, but no such relief exists for workers who are cut loose with no notice and often zero support,” said Lana Payne, Unifor national president.

“We expect fair treatment and clear communication to the hard-working members of Local 4209 as the company winds down. My thoughts are with the workers and their families who carry the weight of the uncertainty during the bankruptcy process.”

The YRC Canada website and Yellow’s corporate page do not have any information on the shutdown. The copmany did not respond to rquests for more details.

On July 27, Yellow Corporation announced it was exploring opportunities to divest its 3PL, Yellow Logistics, Inc. It said in a media release that it was “currently engaged with multiple interested parties regarding the sale of its independent Third-Party Logistics organization. The discussions are active and ongoing.”

Yellow Logistics specializes in truckload, residential, contract logistics, engineered solutions, distribution, and warehousing and is operated through an independent, non-union subsidiary of Yellow.