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CARDINAL DRIVERS AND MECHANICS REJECT TEAMSTERS BID

 CONCORD, N.C., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Labor Relations Board has announced that the drivers and mechanics employed by Cardinal Freight Carriers, Inc. have rejected the Teamsters Union as their bargaining representative in separate elections. The union lost a vote of the mechanics by a margin of 23 to 3 in an election held Feb. 4, and the drivers rejected the union in a mail-ballot election that concluded today.
 Local 71 of the Teamsters Union had filed a petition for recognition as the bargaining agent for all Cardinal drivers with the labor board in December 1992. The election was conducted by mail ballot between Jan. 20 and Feb. 4, 1993. A total of 242 votes were cast by Cardinal drivers located in 10 states with the outcome being 140 against recognition of the union and 102 in favor. Seventy drivers did not vote.
 Local 71 had won recognition as bargaining agent of Cardinal drivers based in Concord in 1985. Out of 42 drivers based in Concord, only 18 were dues-paying members of the union. As a result of the vote of all Cardinal drivers, the union will no longer be the bargaining agent of the Concord-based drivers.
 Ed Randolph, President of Cardinal, said: "This is a victory for our employees. Our drivers and mechanics know that the growth and survival of Cardinal depends upon our being able to compete with other truckload carriers. To my knowledge, no other truckload carrier our size or larger has a majority of its employees represented by a union."
 Randolph further stated: "Now that Cardinal employees have clearly spoken, we can get about the task of building our good company into a truly great one."
 Cardinal is a subsidiary of Carolina Freight Corporation (NYSE: CAO) which is a holding company for other wholly-owned subsidiaries Carolina Freight Carriers, Red Arrow Freight Lines, G.I. Trucking Company, Innovative Logistics Incorporated and Carolina Freight Canada, Ltd. Cardinal Freight Carriers generated record revenue during 1992 of $30,189,000, an increase of 8.8 percent over 1991 revenue. Record net earnings for Cardinal were also achieved of $814,000 compared to $284,000 in 1991. Carolina Freight Corporation, through its operating subsidiaries, provides freight transportation services coast to coast in the United States and to most foreign markets. Corporate revenue for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 31, 1992 was $801,138.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Randolph, President, Cardinal Freight Carriers, Inc., 704-786-6125/
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