Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Here They Go Again

Well it looks like Whittier’s management is at it again. A driver trainer has spoken to some local P & D drivers saying that the operations manager would suspend any driver who attends a Union organizing meeting. Who’s the communist now? If this is true, the driver trainer has broken the law. If there are other drivers who were told this please step up and confirm this. See your terminal organizing reps. this is why Unions were formed.
See what extremes management would go to, and what tactics they use to scare anyone from attending a meeting on their own time and weekend. Using someone else to push their agenda instead, protecting them.

BE WISE AND ORGANIZE FEDEX FREIGHT!!

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whittier management is at it again harassing employees. A certain Whittier OM is walking around asking employees if theyv'e signed up with the union or if they are teamsters. This is typical from this OM. He's breaking all kind of labor laws. Unbelievable!!!!!

Union Curious said...

I know about the manager you're speaking of. he follows pro union employees around the place trying to spy on them. Even people who are just thinking about it like me. He came up to me while I was on my break reading a papmhlet and he harassed me asking me what I was doing reading a TEAMSTER pamphlet also if I've signed up with the TEAMSTERS or have been attending meetings I feel like he violated my rights to form a union but I don't want to come forward in fear I'll get harassed even more. I know HR doesn't care and I hope the Teamsters will come in and stop this constant employee abuse.

Hoffa Life said...

ya I know that guy line driver om hes a total harasser I seen him walking around at night harassing union yes employees giving them a hard time even watching employees while they take a leak in the bathroom looking through the crack in the shitter. geez Nothing new the manager has been that way for a long time I will be back to work soon miss you guys :)

Union Dude said...

yeah I seen him too very immature he harasses people always talking down to people. You know who promoted that guy. He moved up by buying lunch for everybody I never seen that guy work hard a day in his life hes always got his hands in his pockets or is downstairs playing pool all day he only works like 5-6 hours per day. You call that hard work??????????

union curious said...

you know it hoffa life and union dude. That guy has a big attitude problem. he is a serious harasser See you guys at work. late

hoffa life said...

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Anonymous said...

Besides having to constantly look over their shoulders, FedEx workers must contend with receiving second-rate pay, pension, and benefits compared to a couple hundred thousand people in America who perform the same, identical work-- the processing and transporting of small packages.

I don't think any of this is fair. You don't either, or you wouldn't have found your way to this website. We've probably reached the same conclusion-- WE NEED A UNION!

Anonymous said...

Are you FedUp?
Don't quit your job. And don't go ballistic.
Go Teamster!

union dude said...

we definitely need a union at fedex the management treat us like crap. I bet if I bought an operations manager a hamburger I could go kick it up in the office like they do and put my feet up on the desk. No more favortism

Anonymous said...

Federal Express is part of the small package industry, along with gigantic United Parcel Service and other companies such as Airborne Express. UPS has long been Teamster. Several thousand Airborne Express workers are Teamsters. The Pony Express courier service was recently organized by the Teamsters. No other Union to my knowledge has organized any part of the small package industry. When FedEx workers successfully become Teamsters, imagine the clout that we and our fellow UPS, Airborne, Pony Express, etc., brothers and sisters will have at contract time!

At that point, workers in the small package industry will hold all the aces! Pattern bargaining becomes possible, and wide gaps in pay and benefits can be narrowed. No longer will wealthy FedEx investors be totally free to line their pockets by exploiting sub-standard pay, pension, and benefits.

There's another way of looking at it. The Teamsters have already organized the lion's share of the private sector small package industry. No other Union has any significant toehold in this industry. I cannot even name a Union other than the Teamsters which has a contract. So assuming that FedEx workers will logically want to maximize our leverage and bargaining power by being in the same Union with the rest of the country's organized small package workers, we have two choices.




We can either "draw a single Teamster card" to complete a royal flush of organized small package companies. Or we can ask approximately 200,000 Teamster brothers and sisters at UPS, Airborne, and Pony Express to "throw in all their cards" and start from scratch with a brand new hand-- a different, inexperienced Union. Now, which scenario is more logical and likely? Do you really think victorious Teamsters at UPS wish to throw away the Union that has represented them for decades? A Union that has given them a superior standard of living, retirement security, on-the job rights, an authentic grievance procedure, etc.? Don't bet on it!

Anonymous said...

The harassment and total disrespect of Whittier Employees is continuing. Whittier employee/shop steward/teamster organizer Sal Hernandez hurt his back a couple of weeks ago. It was proven he was injured by lifting up a defective ramp. Which was the ramp manufacturer's fault for Sal Hernandez being injured. Sal went home 2 hours after he was hurt. He trying to tough it out for the safety streak at Whittier even working injured not to let his brothers down. Sal went home intending to rest for a couple of days then returning to work. He received a call from his boss telling him to go see the butcher company doctor at the clinic. Sal then reluctantly agreed and went to go see the butcher. The butcher then told Sal that he could return to work under the pretext of light duty. Sal then told the doctor, "But my back hurts how am I supposed to do light duty."
The butcher told him that he (Sal) should be at home resting, but that he (the butcher) had to mark Sal down for light duty because Fedex had instructed the doctor to do so and that was law. Sal then remarked back,"What is that Fedex law????" The doctor remained quiet.This injury was marked down by the butcher as light duty so Fedex wouldn't have to pay workmans compensation to Sal so Sal could stay home. This is done to all Fedex employees even ones that get extremities cut off at work. This is just another ruthless deceptive scam from Fedex management. So Sal reported back to work where he was isolated from other employees put to work in the driver trainer's office away from other employees and under the watchful eyes of the driver trainers. See since Sal is for the union the company tries to watch, intimidate, and harass him even follow him into the bathroom. So Sal is working when the terminal manager brings Sal avocados from his tree at home saying that God was talking to him (the terminal manager) and that God instructed him to give those avocados to Sal. Sal was perplexed by this questioning the sanity of the service center manager because on one hand the service center manager harasses him on the dock calls him names, cusses at him, and on the other hand the service center manager has a conversation with God and God instructs him to bring fruit to Sal. I didn't know the service center manager has a hotline to God, buy anyways, Sal keeps working but informs his operations manager that he needs to take the rest of the week off in order for his back to fully heal. The service center manager and operations manager agree and Sal informs them he needs to use his sick pay for his time off for when he is sick. They agree and Sal takes off for the week. When Sal comes back to work he is informed that his vacation pay was used for his time off and his vacation scheduled for the summer will now have to be cancelled. Sal then confronts the operations manager and the operations manager tells him they never had a converation about Sal using his sick pay and now his vacation is cancelled. Sal becomes terribly disappointed and tells the operations manager that he will talk to the service center manager or the labor board if need be and the operations manager came back with;"Do whatever you have to do I don't care." Sal then said,"Ok." Sal then tried to contact the service center manager who had the day off then he went home and contacted human resources and the representative from human resources told Sal that using the vacation time as a substitute for sick pay is company policy and that he could do nothing about it. Sal then asked why weren't the employees informed of this policy change. Human resources then informed Sal that inquires to human resources were the only way policy changes to the fedex handbook could now be obtained. Sal then resigned himself and depressed at the situation hung up the phone. It is sad a 18 year company man gets treated this way when he becomes injured on the job. I guess you need to be careful and not get hurt cause you could get screwed too.

union curious said...

a supervisor name begins with a "L" always gives me a hard time thank God I haven't had to work with him this week. He is always talking his trash. and anti union comments too. I hate coming to work knowing not only do I have a hard job but I have to deal with his personal attacks/harassment too. Ihate when he goes in the break room and bugs me while I'm on my lunch or in the bathroom too. Another HARASSER. He should be HARASSER of the month!!!

hoffa life said...

hey whats up. I saw what happened to Sal some BS!!!!! People get hurt and its the same thing from management all the time. I know the OM that pulled this crap. He doesn't give a damn about the employees he just cares about himself.

hoffa life said...

no vpep equals money hungry management!!!!! NO more management lies and BS!!!! Be wise organize fedex freight 2007!!!!!!

union dude said...

I saw that line driver OM last night following Sal around watching him harassing him around 2am from the managers office. I think this OM is the harasser of the month. Hes got a negative attitude just cause we want a union. this OM gets away with harassing employees and intimidating people who knows what hes gonna do next. physically confront Sal or attack union curious or what??? this guy represents the company??? If he has all this extra time shouldn't he have some work to do???? Instead of harassing employees???

hoffa life said...

yeah I know. hey you know I have never had a problem with Andy but I wonder if he even knows about this line OM cause Andy is gone when this guy is there. If Andy was there this OM would just put on a show acting like hes working. I dont understand why we need an OM for graveyard/AM either. Hardly anybody is there seems like a supervisor could enyer in days off and answer emails. c-ya at work

union dude said...

yes the management is lying again what do you expect???

union curious said...

just wanted to let everyone know harassment is continuing at Whittier that supervisor whose name begins with an "L" you know who it is gave me a hard time last night telling me to hurry up and shit. watch I'll hurry up and then get hurt. everyone knows Paul and Ozzie just got hurt now I get pushed and I'll get hurt too? I dont think so. screw that man I dont need that kind of harassment. hurry up but work safe how can you do both?? Luis pick one or the other!!!!

union dude said...

no doubt people are getting hurt all the time and we have a safe place to work?? yeah right. but check it out when you get hurt and management then will tell you it was all your fault no matter what!!! if you get hit by a meteor then you wernt aware of your surroundings!!!! if an airplane hit your ass then you werent aware of your surroundings anything the company can do to get out of being legally liable for your injury just when you get hurt dont sign shit fool.

hoffa life said...

you know whats up with that little scam, trying to take full advantage of the employees is their game. anyway they can shift blame off of the company and on to the employee they do it. vpep sucks how about more money per hour rios??

Anonymous said...

Last week I was talking to a 92 year old man who was a Teamster truck driver for thirty years. He retired in 1975 and is collecting a $2,000 a month pension from the Western Conference Teamster pension fund. The value of this fund is about $30 Billion Dollars, and it is on the increase with the employer contributions, and the 6% interest it earns. The old man told me that the company he worked for went out of business because his employer stole all the money and ran away to Canada. He still gets his Teamster pension though. He asked me what the pension was like at FedEx. I told him that it depends on what part of FedEx it is. Over at FedEx Freight West the best any of the 5,000 employees could do is about a 25% payout; but that is only if you work 30 or 40 years and you retire at 65 years of age. To that the old man exclaimed, “O My God, That’s Peanuts”! I had to agree with him. I told him that I used to think union companies kept non-union companies honest. Now I believe only union organizations keep other union organizations honest. All you have to do is look down the street to a company called Yellow Freight; a union shop, and subsidiary of a larger entity. They have a good pension under the Western Conference pension fund, and they pay their people about 14% more then they do at FedEx; and they still manage a mid-season operating ratio of 92. Over at FedEx Freight West where they run an operating ratio of 87, there is a retirement scheme that involves a small pension, the hope that Social Security will be around to pay a certain portion, and the wish that everyone will put 10% of their pay into a 401K plan for thirty, or forty years and retire at 65. And remember, this is after being paid 14% less than Yellow Freight down the street! Where’s the Respect? There are knowledgeable people at FedEx who understand and benefit from the power of organization. I am speaking of our 4,700 FedEx pilots. In 2006 the Pilots Union ratified a new contract. FedEx management was eager to complete the deal before the UPS pilots contract came to a vote. (That’s what I like; good healthy competition!) Under the new contract the top FedEx captain earns $224 an hour. And the really good news is that FedEx is now contributing a 7% pay contribution to the pilots Pension B retirement fund. All of you dockworkers, and drivers making between $12 and $21 an hour should ask your operations manager what percentage, or make that how many cents per hour are being contributed to your pension fund. Of course the new labor agreement with the pilots did come at a price. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.76 per share of FDX stock for the quarter; but because of the pilots contract FedEx had to settle for less due to a one time hit which reduced earnings by 25 cents a share. I think the drivers and dockworkers will get it together and figure out what is best here. We all want FedEx to compete and win in the marketplace. We are the best company in the transportation industry; and if we are not the best, we are certainly one of the best. Shouldn’t the employees of that great company have compensation commensurate with that of other companies of equivalent value and reputation? With no back and forth, I don’t see this happening! To win here it will be like playing a road game. The Championship team Wins by getting past the crowd noise, the disformation boards, the Management/Toady, Richard Brown seminar junkies following people around; and some people getting the, “I should have, I could have, I ought to, you’re a blah, blah, blah”! It’s too bad that good informative websites like this one are blocked on the break room computers. What can you say? In the end it’s all about Respect, Dignity, Democracy, and Recognition. It’s time for a change around here because we know what we’re working for now. Fact is the old man had it right; the part about the Peanuts. www.changefedextowin.blogspot.com

union dude said...

i heard rios told a dockworker the limit for pushing a pallet jack is like 1800 lbs what does this guy want us to break our backs. i guess we will just work will we get injured what a joke

Anonymous said...

You know it dude. The management just want us from the neck down. They dont care about how we think and feel they want us to talk but they dont want to listen to the complaints of harassment and favortism and they definitely dont want to hear about that weak ass pension or the fact that part timers cant afford benefits under their plan. There is a guy too thats getting harassed by management about not getting his hours on am/graveyard, Ricky, for the fact that hes for the union. He is a union yes employee and he got his hours cut for the simple fact that he his a union yes employee putting a union yes sign on his car. He has also been a victim of favortism by not getting his benefits for full time and being passed over for opportunites. And when the OM on am/graveyard was called on the harassment the om gave the excuse like the work volume is low and gave Ricky the runaround. I guess instead of following the chain of command then he shouldve just went straight to Andy I bet he wouldve fixed the situation at least addressed it.

Anonymous said...

ORGANIZING WORKSHOPS
When: Second Sunday of each month
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Where: Teamsters Local Union 952
140 S. Marks Way, Orange
(714) 740-6223

The workshops are open to all union and non-union workers who are interested in improving the wages, hours, benefits and working conditions of workers in the Teamster industries. We welcome and encourage you to attend.

Questions?
If you have any questions regarding our organizing efforts or the workshops,
please feel free to call our Organizing Hotline at (714) 740-6223.

Anonymous said...

"The objects of this International Union are to organize under one banner all workers engaged in industry; to educate them to cooperate in every movement which tends to benefit the organization; and to impress upon our membership, employers and the public that it is to the advantage of all concerned that workers be organized. The organization of our industry requires honest and intelligent membership, adapted to the business. We teach our membership the advantage, benefits and importance of their industrial position, and we endeavor to build-up and perfect a labor organization in conformity with the highest standards of our American and Canadian citizenship."

Anonymous said...

Now that we’re joining together, here’s what we can expect to hear from management...

When workers form a union, they gain a voice in decisions that affect their jobs, their future and their families. Unfortunately, management doesn’t always like the idea of sharing the decision making with employees. So management’s first reaction may be to make a lot of misleading statements to try to convince you not to join together.

Knowing what to expect from management will help you stay focused on your real goal—winning a voice on the job and a say in your future.

This is what managers often say when workers form a union:

Management: “A union is a third party that will come between us.”

Fact: Our union is a democratic, member-run organization. When you form a union, you’ll work together to govern your own organization. And every contract will be reviewed and approved by a majority of the employees where you work.

Management: “The union will make you go on strike.”

Fact: Strikes are a rare last resort in contract negotiations—more than 95 percent of Teamster contracts are negotiated without a strike. And no strike will happen unless a majority of workers vote to call one.

Management: “If you form a union, you risk losing the benefits and pay raises you already have.”

Fact: It is illegal for a company to freeze or cut previously scheduled raises to discourage you from forming a union. Once you’re organized, you’ll lock in our current wages and benefits and then negotiate improvements from there. All of you will get an opportunity to review your proposed contract before you vote to approve it. Obviously, you’re not going to approve a contract that cuts our wages or benefits.

Management: “The union just wants your dues money.”

Fact: As newly organized Teamsters, you won’t pay dues until you’ve negotiated and voted to approve your first contract—and decided for yourselves whether it’s worth it. (Teamster pilot groups are the exception; in 1998, pilots requested that their dues begin the month after voting to become Teamsters.) Every serious organization—churches, clubs, sporting leagues, and similar organizations—has to have some kind of funding, and unions are no different. Dues pay for the costs of having an organization—contract negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, training for members, legal fees, and other things so no one has to go it alone.

Management: “With a union, you won’t be allowed to talk to your supervisor—you’ll have to go through the union.”

Fact: Teamsters have found that having a union strengthens communication between employees and supervisors. Direct relationships with immediate supervisors continue and you can negotiate to retain any good policy and procedures already in place. The advantage of joining together in a union is that you’re able to make your voices heard at the upper levels of management, where key decisions are made.

Management: “The improvements we’re willing to make right now show that you don’t need a union.”

Fact: It’s great that management is responding to your concerns. It shows that when you join together, your voices are heard. By forming a union, you can make sure this progress is not just short term—you’ll build an ongoing dialogue with management on all your issues. You'll also have peace of mind with a union—since the improvements you agree on will be guaranteed in your union contract.

Keep in mind that it’s normal for some tension to arise when workers start to build a union. But the tension is temporary. After you vote to form a union, management gets used to the idea of you having a voice on the job.

No matter what management says, stay focused on your shared goals—to make your workplace the best possible place to work.

union curious said...

i got sent home early yesterday typical from fedex I am trying to be there to get some money and they send me home early all the time

union curious said...

the employee meetings arent open forums either they are just there to have management instruct us on how to behave and think. management wants to think for us they dont care how we feel or care about the company they just care about their own careers. so management why waste our time and yours to have some meeting just to harass us leave us alone and let us work.

Anonymous said...

Better Recognize and Organize
Ricky is getting his hours now that we spoke up about the injustice he lives out everyday of his life. I see the injustice and racism Ricky has to put up with being Cambodian. the racial comments the not being full time the all around abuse of his employment. It is a shame people at Fedex get treated this way. Respect dignity and recognition thats what Fedex Employees everywhere need.

Sal said...

you guys are doing good organizing good job Better Recognize and Organize

union curious said...

stop the harassment at whittier it is becoming a bad place to work I feel uncomfortable everyday like me or my friends are gonna be yelled at just for being with the union

hoffa life said...

you know whats been bothering me lately is the forklifts at whittier leaking oil and being left all over the dock all unsafe working conditions osha needs to be called

hoffa life said...

call osha 1-800-475-4020