Supervalu, Truckers Reach Agreement

Supervalu has agreed to amend certain policies that truck drivers said forced them to bear the cost of unloading cargo at Supervalu warehouses.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu has agreed to amend certain policies that truck drivers said forced them to bear the cost of unloading cargo at Supervalu warehouses. The agreement is part of a settlement of a 2005 class-action lawsuit filed by two individual truckers and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court here, charged Supervalu with "coercive" practices requiring that truckers making deliveries to its warehouses show proof of insurance over and above what was required by federal statutes. According to the suit, truckers without that insurance had no choice but to employ a service to unload their trucks, a practice known as "lumping."

The settlement, which would cover drivers making carrier loads to Supervalu distributon centers March 28 and Dec. 21, 2005, requires court approval.

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