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Yellow Trucking files for bankruptcy, will shut down

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Yellow Trucking files for bankruptcy, will shut down

Yellow Trucking has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and will wind down its operations in the coming months, the company announced Monday.

Yellow, a nearly 100-year-old company, was struggling to remain afloat amid mounting debt and a bitter struggle with unionized workers. Its bankruptcy filing in a Delaware court estimated assets and liabilities of up to $10 billion.

The filing comes years after former President Trump’s administration gave the company a $700 million bailout in an effort to save it and its roughly 30,000 workers. The company says it still plans to fully repay that bailout. 

Despite the promise, Yellow has some 100,000 creditors, and it will face $1.3 billion in debt payments coming due in 2024.

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Yellow Trucking has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and will wind down its operations in the coming months, the company announced Monday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Yellow, formerly known as YRC Worldwide Inc., has struggled with financial woes for several years. The company’s acquisitions of other carriers over the past few decades grew it to become the fifth-largest trucking firm in the nation and the third-largest less-than-truckload carrier. However, the low-cost carrier struggled with its debt load.

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Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins attempted to reduce that redundancy through a restructuring initiative dubbed “One Yellow.” The Teamsters union – which represents 22,000 of Yellow’s 30,000 employees – agreed to the first phase of the plan but did not agree to the second phase, which the trucking titan insisted was needed for its survival.

Teamsters trucking protest on road

International Brotherhood of Teamsters union members protest along the side of a road in Plymouth, Minnesota. (Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Yellow sued the Teamsters in June, alleging the labor organization was “unjustifiably blocking” its modernization plans. Then in July, the company notified the Central States Welfare and Pension funds that it would not be making its $50 million required payment, leading the Teamsters to threaten to strike.

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As a result, Yellow customers fled amid the strike threat, accelerating the cash-strapped company’s death spiral.

The Teamsters union said the company’s demise was of its own making. The union announced last week that it was notified Yellow was ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy.

Fox Business’ Breck Dumas and Reuters contributed to this report.

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