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Yellow trucking to keep jobs at East Petersburg terminal


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LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa - Yellow Transportation has dropped its plans to eliminate 126 jobs at its East Petersburg terminal, the trucking company told employees Thursday.

The plan, originally presented in November, would have moved local employees to Yellow terminals in Hagerstown, Md., Philadelphia or Baltimore.

"It is all off the table," said Howard Rhinier, secretary/treasurer and principal officer of Teamsters Local 771, which represents some 546 workers at the facility.

"I am glad it is not happening. We don't want to lose one member, let alone 126," he added.

The company informed employees about the decision Thursday, and sent an announcement to union representatives this morning, Rhinier said.

"Obviously we want the company to compete in the marketplace, but we don't want to lose work at the same time." Rhinier said.

The company didn't give a reason for their change of plans, although Rhinier speculated that the transfers were scuttled because of union contingencies that would have required some workers to still be paid if they weren't given certain assignments.

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