Monday, February 19, 2018
Teamsters Local 848
Aaron Garcia: Fontana, Ca.
Being a teamster is important because with out it you don't have excellent pay and a voice with regards to your rights for fair work place treatment.
Juan Vera: Whittier, Ca.
For me, Guaranteed wages and health benefits, a good work environment, guaranteed hours. The ability to choose what days you want to work.
Joe Nuno: Mira Loma, Ca.
If you don’t have a union in the workplace, you don’t have guaranteed wages, health benefits or a secure pension. You are an “at-will” employee. You check your rights at the door, and your employer can fire you or change your conditions of employment at any time and for almost any reason.
There are real advantages to having a union for you as an individual and for society in general. By forming a union with your co-workers, together you will have the strength to negotiate a legally binding contract with your employer that includes better wages, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a safer workplace.
Mike Milroy :
San Fernando Valley, Ca.
Guaranteed Security, a contract spelling out your destiny. With regards to pay, benefits, and everything that entails the business and how you fit into that business, you are safe, secure and covered, who wouldn’t want that?
There is way too many company promises that will never come true because just remember “their job”depends on them lowering costs “you incur”, because then they get to divey it up, how can they realistically worry about you when it’s “their job” on the line?
Management wishes they could be us! trust me on this. I have had so many managers tell me they took the wrong path and envy my job. My wife has thirty years in the teachers union(UTLA) and is leaving with 100% of her pay and lifetime benefits. We are a union family! There is way too many benefits and emotional securities to mention in this illustration . I wish I didn’t waste 25 years of my life at Fed-Ex being non-union and them constantly reminding me how lucky I was to have their stinking job. They depend on isolating and eroding your security like that, it puts “them” in the position of strength. I can’t tell you how many of my old freight buddies I see at the studios that want to leave, telling me stories of long term friends dismissed for trivial reasons, makes me sick to my stomach and sad to hear news like that, yet happy I’m here and not there and now being the persons in the position of strength.
Just remember you are dispensable, you will use up your usefulness and when that happens and it “always does” it’s too late to go back and fix it.
The next batch come along get fed the same non-sense and the pattern will continue because the young get old and expensive, we forget all our fellow employees that worked with us and disappeared, reflect back on how many are no longer there, companies depend on your short-term memories and your own self interest taking priority. Do you honestly think you will be able to afford benefits in the near future when the people who say they will take care of you wind up working for your competitors? Big companies could care less what happens to you! Those extra funds go directly to fund things for the top in stock options, bonuses, cars, vacations etc. Also don’t get fed that stupid line about union dues and layoffs, all scare tactics because that’s “all they got”. In conclusion I have been so fortunate to have become a Teamster and would only want all of my brothers and sisters at Fed-Ex to have what we all have here, it’s a great life.
Good Luck to having the work future you have been working for and deserve, and earned for your families.
Studio Teamsters local 399
Monday, February 12, 2018
These tractors are on loan to our Stockton terminal. Notice that the on board camera's are covered. Since Stockton is a Teamster yard, and they are in negotiations FedEx cannot use them until a contract is in place.
Also Stockton is very busy. They have hired new drivers. Remember during the anti union campaign Fedex said if a terminal voted for Union representaion that they would lose work and move work away from that terminal ?
Just a good example of the company's LIES and Fake News!
Sunday, February 11, 2018
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Friday, January 12, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
The FedEx Corporation’s History of Opposing Unionization
FedEx’s effort to keep FedEx Express’ ground transportation employees under the RLA is not– as the FedEx website would have it – a battle between rival package-delivery companies, specifically, FedEx Express and UPS. It is rather a battle between FedEx Express and its own employees, who seek the same opportunity to be represented by a union as counterpart employees at other package-delivery companies. In this regard, the actions taken by FedEx are just the latest in a long history of vigorous resistance to efforts by its employees to unionize:
• As early as 1983, a FedEx booklet titled “Managers Labor Law Book” credits the company’s success in large part to being “union free.” 66 On the second page, the booklet declares that the corporate goal is to remain “union free;”
• In 1989, shortly before acquiring Tiger International Airline, many of whose pilots were union members, FedEx’s founder and chief executive officer, Fred Smith, declared: “I don’t intend to recognize any unions at Federal Express;” 67
• In 1993, FedEx distributed to its managers a booklet produced by the company’s legal department titled “Keeping the People Philosophy Alive: Making Unions Unnecessary.” The cover letter said, “Enclosed you will find a new guide designed to provide Federal Express managers with basic information about union avoidance and union organizing;” 68 and
• As recently as 2006, FedEx’s Human Resource Services and Diversity Organization published a paper calling on human resources staff to “co-develop strategy with Labor Relations team on union avoidance,” and listing five “union avoidance strategies.” 69
The Leadership Conference recognizes the right of an employer, including FedEx, to resist unionization by its employees – provided that in doing so, the employer respects the rights of the employees and complies with its own legal obligations. But that has not always been the case with FedEx.
In 1991, for example, the National Mediation Board found that FedEx Express illegally interfered with the representation election for the company’s pilots. 70 In another election, the pilots voted for union representation, becoming the only group of FedEx Express’ employees to unionize. 71
In 2007, The Leadership Conference issued a report titled “Fed Up with FedEx: How FedEx Ground Tramples Workers Rights and Civil Rights,” which documents how another division of FedEx, FedEx Ground – a shipping company that relies entirely on trucks rather than airplanes, and whose employees are covered by the NLRA – misclassifies approximately 15,000 of its truck drivers as “independent contractors.” 72 This misclassification excludes these employees from the coverage of labor, employment, and civil rights laws, including the NLRA, and among other things, denies them the right to form and join unions. Although several courts, federal agencies, and state officials have ruled that these FedEx Ground truck drivers are employees – as one court put it, FedEx Ground’s agreement with its drivers is “a brilliantly drafted contract creating the constraints of an employment relationship …. in the guise of an independent contractor model” 73 – FedEx Ground continues to adhere to this policy in most of the nation.
The tactics used by FedEx in its campaign to keep FedEx Express’ ground transportation employees under the RLA – while aggressive and disingenuous – have not to date been unlawful. But the statement made by Sen. Kennedy in the 1996 Congressional debate to restore the special exception for FedEx Express is as apt today as it was then:
Federal Express is notorious for its anti-union ideology, but there is no justification for Congress becoming an accomplice in its union-busting