Next: Arrow faces lawsuit

The next chapter in the Arrow Trucking collapse is beginning.
Attorney Charles Ercole of the Philadelphia-based firm Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, said his firm is filing a $15 million lawsuit on behalf of the employees in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma against Arrow for violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
The Tulsa law firm of Fellers Snider, 321 S. Boston Ave., Suite 800, is handling the lawsuit in Tulsa, Ercole said. Calls to Fellers Snider were not immediately returned.
Arrow Trucking’s attorney was also unavailable to comment.
Under the federal statute, companies the size of Arrow Trucking, which employed 1,400, must provide 60 days notice of a pending closure, or provide 60 days of severance, which Arrow did not do, he said.
“We are seeking the 60-day pay plus fringe benefits,” he said in a phone interview.
Word of mouth from employees was their last couple of paychecks bounced, Ercole said.
If true, “that may add to the amount,” Ercole said.
Based on an average annual salary of $40,000, Ercole estimated the lawsuit would be “upwards of $15 million.”
Arrow, based at 4230 S. Elwood Ave., shut down suddenly two days before Christmas, leaving hundreds of drivers hundreds of miles from home with no warning.
Many did not know of the closure until they tried to use their fuel cards and were told they had been deactivated.
“If they were in as bad a financial shape as they were, the vendors were probably already nervous, and they should have notified the employees,” Ercole said. “You can’t make people work if you can’t pay them.”
A message on the main Arrow phone number prior to Christmas simply said, “If you’re in a Freightliner or KW, please take the truck to the nearest Freightliner shop. Call this hotline number to Daimler: 877-294-9679. They’ll arrange for a bus ticket for you home. If you’re in an International, please call back and check with this message later as we find out more information.”
Doug Pielsticker, Arrow Trucking Co. Inc. CEO, issued a statement that Arrow was in negotiations with its principal lender.
“Those negotiations are continuing but the lender has elected to proceed with securing its collateral,” he said in the statement. “The company is communicating with several interested parties and continues to seek a prompt resolution.”



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