Union Disappointed in Company’s Failure to Penetrate Market

Washington, D.C. – The following is the official statement by Teamsters Union Express Division Director Bill Hamilton regarding DHL’s announcement of its intent to cut the majority of its U.S. domestic package market:

“This weekend DHL Express informed top leadership of our union of its intent to withdraw from the U.S. domestic market – an 80 percent cut in package volume. This drastic move by the company will result in significant loss of jobs for our membership at DHL Express. We will do everything within our power to assist our members through this difficult time.

Over the past five years DHL has struggled to penetrate the U.S. domestic ground market. Operational missteps coupled now with the failing economy have contributed to $8 billion dollars of losses for the company since 2003. We are disappointed by DHL’s inability to avoid the pitfalls that have led to this decision.

DHL indicated it is committed to its international product and this decision will not adversely impact the parts of the operation that service those products. Similarly, this decision does not affect its freight forwarding operation, Air Express International (AEI).

Our union will remain vigilant as this situation develops to ensure that our members affected by this cut will be treated fairly through this difficult process.”

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