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Press Advisory Contact: David Cameron
April 19, 2001 626-573-9453

Teamsters Attend Union Pacific's Annual Shareholders Meeting In Salt Lake City

CEOs Questioned about U.S. Appeals Court Ruling:

"[T]here is no question that Overnite was guilty of a litany of serious and pervasive misconduct and violations of the [National Labor Relations] Act."

WASHINGTON, DC -- Tomorrow, April 20, 2001, Overnite workers and Teamsters will attend Union Pacific's annual shareholders meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. At the meeting, shareholders will question Richard Davidson, CEO of Union Pacific Corporation, and Leo H. Suggs, CEO of Union Pacific's trucking subsidiary, Overnite Transportation Company, about this week's decision against Overnite by U.S. Court of Appeals.

When: 8:30 to 10:30 AM, Friday, April 21, 2001

Where: Little America Hotel
500 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT

Who: John Murphy, International Vice President

Background: The UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT in Richmond, Virginia, issued an opinion on Monday, April 16, 2001, denying a request for a rehearing by Union Pacific (UP) Corporation's trucking subsidiary, Overnite Transportation Company, of the finding that UP/Overnite was guilty of violating the rights of thousands Overnite workers' across the country.

After five years and two months of weathering Overnite's use of the appeals process to delay the inevitable, the Appeals Court issued its Opinion, ruling, "[T]here is no question that Overnite was guilty of a litany of serious and pervasive misconduct and violations of the [National Labor Relations] Act." The case involved UP/Overnite's nationwide subversion of its workers' fundamental, federally protected rights. Evidence presented during the case showed that UP/Overnite's violations of federal law were pervasive and directed by the highest level of officials at Overnite corporate headquarters in Richmond, Virginia,

With this decision, Overnite must finally provide restitution to the workers from whom it illegally withheld wages. It must recognize and negotiate with the Teamsters at more of its terminals. Additionally, it sets the precedent for the remaining terminals under bargaining orders and will lead to Overnite recognizing and negotiating with the Teamsters at all 37 terminals the union currently represents.

For years, Overnite officials claimed that these complaints were a figment of the Teamsters' imagination.

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