ABF Teamster Employees In Central Region Reject Strike Authorization

     ABF Teamster Employees In Central Region Reject Strike Authorization

PR Newswire

FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 29, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc. has
been notified by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that union
employees covered by the Central Region Local Cartage supplement to the ABF
National Master Freight Agreement have voted overwhelmingly to reject a strike

Based upon this outcome, there will be no strike by employees in the affected
region or anywhere else in the ABF nationwide system. Less-than-truckload
carrier ABF Freight is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation
(Nasdaq: ABFS) and a premier provider of high-quality service to customers
across the United States.

Next steps toward finalization of the national agreement will be determined
shortly. The five-year ABF NMFA is the first such agreement that the company
has negotiated on its own behalf. A majority of Teamster employees ratified
the national agreement in June, and 26 of 27 supplements were ratified by

After receiving the company's last, best and final offer on their supplement,
Central Region Local Cartage employees received strike authorization ballots
in early October. Turnout was strong, with 77 percent of eligible voters
casting a ballot.

ABF wishes to thank our customers for their patience and commitment to ABF
during this long and complicated process, as many people on both sides of the
table worked to ensure a stronger future for our company and our employees in
a very competitive marketplace. The company also recognizes and appreciates
the sacrifices from our union and our non-union employees to put ABF on a
better path to sustained profitability for years to come.

Company Descriptions

Arkansas Best Corporation, headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a freight
transportation services and solutions provider. Through its various
subsidiaries, Arkansas Best offers a wide variety of logistics solutions
including: domestic and global transportation of less-than-truckload ("LTL")
and full load shipments, expedited ground and time-definite delivery
solutions, freight forwarding services, freight brokerage, oversight of
roadside assistance and equipment services for commercial vehicles, and
household goods moving market services for consumers, corporations, and the
military. More information is available at arkbest.com, abf.com and

As the principal subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation, ABF operates as a
global provider of customizable freight and logistics solutions. ABF enhances
supply chain efficiencies and achieves optimum performance by focusing on
specific customer needs and customizing innovative solutions. The company's
resource-rich infrastructure includes an innovative Dual-System^® Network for
regional and national transportation. Its portfolio of services extends from
the manufacturer's floor to expedited and time-definite final delivery. In
between, customers benefit from a single point of contact and total end-to-end

Forward-Looking Statements

The following is a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements contained in this report that are
not based on historical facts are "forward-looking statements." Terms such as
"anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend,"
"on track," "plan," "predict," "prospects," "scheduled," "should," "would,"
and similar expressions and the negatives of such terms are intended to
identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are by their nature
subject to uncertainties and risk including, but not limited to, a workforce
stoppage by our employees covered under our collective bargaining agreement or
unfavorable terms of future collective bargaining agreements; relationships
with employees, including unions; general economic conditions and related
shifts in market demand that impact the performance and needs of industries
served by Arkansas Best Corporation's subsidiaries and/or limit our customers'
access to adequate financial resources; union and nonunion employee wages and
benefits, including changes in required contributions to multiemployer pension
plans; competitive initiatives, pricing pressures and the effect of volatility
in fuel prices and the associated changes in fuel surcharges on securing
increases in base freight rates and the inability to collect fuel surcharges;
availability of fuel; default on covenants of financing arrangements and the
availability and terms of future financing arrangements; availability and cost
of reliable third-party services; disruptions or failures of services
essential to the use of information technology platforms in our business;
availability, timing, and amount of capital expenditures; future costs of
operating expenses such as fuel and related taxes; self-insurance claims and
insurance premium costs; governmental regulations and policies; future climate
change legislation; potential impairment of goodwill and intangible assets;
the impact of our brand and corporate reputation; the cost, timing, and
performance of growth initiatives; the cost, integration, and performance of
any future acquisitions; the costs of continuing investments in technology, a
failure of our information systems, and the impact of cyber incidents; weather
conditions; and other financial, operational, and legal risks and
uncertainties detailed from time to time in Arkansas Best Corporation's
Securities and Exchange Commission public filings.

Contacts: Investors: Mr. David Humphrey
           Vice President, Investor Relations
           Telephone: (479) 785-6200
           Media: Ms. Kathy Fieweger
           Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications
           Telephone: (479) 719-4358

SOURCE Arkansas Best Corporation
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