Friday, November 11, 2016

XPO Logistics Workers Near Philadelphia Choose Teamster Representation

Workers Want Decent, Affordable Health Care and Retirement Security
Drivers at XPO Logistics in suburban Philadelphia voted for Teamster representation today, propelling a nationwide campaign where XPO workers are standing together and forming their union to win fairness and respect on the job. The vote was 37 to 13.
The 52 drivers at the former Con-way Freight join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Ill.; and in North Haven, Conn. who have already voted for Teamster representation. In addition, 777 workers at Parsec, Inc., in California, who handle XPO freight, voted to join Teamsters Local 986 this week. Hundreds of XPO trucks come in and out of the Parsec yard each week.
"Three victories at XPO in less than a month (Aurora, North Haven and King of Prussia) show that the workers are building momentum in their quest for fairness, strength and a real voice at one of the world's largest transportation companies," said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Freight Division. "We will continue to stand with XPO workers across the country who demand positive change."
"Despite the company sending in its high-priced union busters, the workers stood strong, boldly and united in their fight for a better future," said Michael Bonaduce, President of Teamsters Local 384 in Norristown, Pa. "Now, the fight for a strong contract begins."
"This is a great day for us and we urge our co-workers across the country to stand bravely to win dignity, respect and fairness by banding together," said Bill Strouse, a road driver and 23-year employee. "We need to have a voice on the job so that management will listen to our concerns."
The workers are also seeking affordable and decent health care, retirement security and better working conditions. XPO is the second-largest freight brokerage provider and second-largest less-than-truckload carrier in North America.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.teamster.org.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Former Con-Way Drivers Say Things Got Worse After XPO Buyout, Agree To Unionize

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On Thursday, 200 employees from two XPO Logistics Terminals voted in favor of union representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
74 drivers from Aurora, Illinois will become the first Teamsters at XPO since it acquired Con-way. 127 warehouse workers from New Haven, Connecticut will become the first warehouse workers at XPO to unionize in the U.S.
Both facilities are former Con-way Freight locations which XPO acquired for $3 billion last year.
The former Con-way employees are alleging unfair treatment and are unionizing to stand up for worker’s rights by telling the company, “Enough is enough.” Tyson Johnson, director of the Teamsters Freight Division explained, “The workers are tired of being mistreated and not having a say in their work lives.”
An XPO spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday that the number of employees choosing to unionize is small in relation to the actual total number of XPO U.S. employees. The company is looking into the election process to determine if it is lawful.
The spokesperson said,

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Back to back Victories!

Congratulations to the in XPO warehouse workers in North Haven, CT and the XPO freight drivers in Aurora, Illinois who voted to join XPO freight workers from Miami; Laredo, TX; and Vernon, CA. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Feds: XPO/Con-way Must Bargain With Teamsters

XPO Went to U.S. Court and Lost
A federal court has denied XPO/Con-way’s efforts to set aside the workers’ decision to form their union as Teamsters, which means the company needs to recognize the Teamsters as the workers’ bargaining representative.
The company can still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it has not done so in similar cases. The company had asserted that there were numerous problems with the election, but the court denied the company’s frivolous claims.
“The workers in Laredo formed their union as Teamsters way back in September 2014, so this is very welcome news,” said Frank Perkins, President of Local 657 in San Antonio. “The company has tried to do everything to delay and frustrate the workers, but for over two years they have remained strong and united in their fight for a more secure future and a voice on the job.”
Perkins said he hopes to sit down with the company soon to negotiate a contract that will address the workers’ needs.
“As our XPO campaign continues to gain momentum, we are pleased with this decision because Laredo got the campaign started,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Freight Division. “We demand that the company gets serious about negotiating a contract in Laredo. These workers have waited far too long.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fred Smith to step down from president role at FedEx

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Fred Smith to step down from president role at FedEx
WMCActionNews5.com Staff
Sep 26, 2016 04:15 PM
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - FedEx Corporation named its next president.

FedEx founder and Chief Executive Officer Frederick Smith will vacate his role as president of FedEx Corporation at the end of 2017. Smith will not be leaving the company. He will remain as FedEx Corporation CEO and chairman of the board.

Starting January 2018, FedEx Express CEO David Bronczek will take over the role of president of FedEx Corporation. FedEx also created a new position, Chief Operating Officer, in what business experts say could hint at a succession plan, according to Bloomberg Technology.

Smith is 72 years old. He founded FedEx in 1971 in Memphis. His possible retirement has been subject of much speculation for years. His ultimate plans are still unknown.

Additionally, FedEx announced that Executive Vice President of Market Development and Corporate Communications T. Michael Glenn will retire at the end of 2016.

Glenn, 61, led the company's marketing, sales, customer service, and communications groups for more than 20 years.

"Mike Glenn is a thirty-five year veteran of FedEx, and without a doubt the most brilliant marketer I have ever met. His passionate leadership, strategic vision, and intellect have transformed the FedEx portfolio and brand and immeasurably improved global commerce," FedEx Corp. chairman, president and CEO Frederick Smith said. "While this is a tremendous loss for FedEx, I commend and admire Mike for this decision as he transitions his focus full time to his family."

Chief Information Officer and Co-CEO Robert Carter will become the new CEO of FedEx Services on January 1, 2017.

Bronczek also will replace Glenn as chairman of the Revenue Management Committee starting January 1.

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