Thursday, May 17, 2007

UNION BUSTER UPDATE....

In October of 2006. We found out that Richard Brown a "Union Buster" works for the firm of Constangy,Brooks & Smith,LLC in Alabama.His name came up in some anti-union propaganda at the Fontana terminal.We googled him and found a list of clients that the firm represents.And lo and behold Fedex Corp. was on the list!
Well just last night I checked up on our friend on the web.He's still there.But the list of clients has been removed!I wonder why???
Just another example of your company and the people they hire and deal with,who just want to hide behind whatever lies they want you to believe!

EDUCATE YOURSLEVES AND YOUR FELLOW EMPLOYEE'S
BE WISE AND ORGANIZE!

19 comments:

Ronnie Pineda said...

To our FedEx Brothers and Sisters,

We have been through so many campaigns at The L.A. Times that it becomes and should be considered brain washing. Union Busters "FEAR" tactics are brutal and they are baseless in every instance. They try to scare the bargaining unit with the possibility of "STRIKES"
That is one of their favorites. The fact's are that 95.5% of contract negotiations end in agreements, not strikes! Another fact is that the union cannot make anyone strike, the membership has to vote to strike. Would any of you vote for that?

Union Busters will resort to any tactic at their disposal and they employ the oldest ones in the book. Divide and conquer is how they operate, worker against worker, supervisor against worker, plant against plant. don't fall for it, the union busters lie to your supervisors as well. They are told stuff like "if the union is voted in, you guys will not be able to communicate effectively with the workers. That's not true, communication actually improves in a union work place.
They also lead them to believe that they may lose their jobs if the union is voted in, that's why some of them fight for the company so hard against the workers.

There is so much information on union busting on the web that I agree with Rudy 100% that each individual take responsibility for their decision and educate themself. Don't let The Company or The Union make it for you.

Follow this link to meet the Father of Union Busting, Martin Levitt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qajBfEdzoE

It is a video on youtube and you get to hear it from the source of where it all began.

We were deceived by this kind of propoganda for 2 decades and we didn't fall for it this time, don't be fooled or allow yourself to be lied to.

in Solidarity,
Los Angeles Times Pressman
Ronnie Pineda
www.saveourtrade.com

Ronnie Pineda said...

Part 2 of the Union Busting 101,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddjIJ-4y1mw

Learn the fact's, the truth, and the law! It will eliminate the fear that is all smoke and mirrors to begin with.

Ronnie Pineda
www.savourtrade.com

THE FEDEX COALITION said...

DON'T BELEIVE EVERYTHING THEY POST ON THE BULLETIN BOARD,ESPECIALLY THOSE ABOUT ABF AND UPS,THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY,THAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO READ ABOUT,AND THIS INDUSTRIAL NEWS IS ONLY A INSIGHT NEWS MAGAZINE FOR FEDEX UPPER MGNT,JUST LIKE YOUR INSIDE LINEHAUL NEWSLETTER,OR INDEPENDENT NEWSLETTER FOR FEDEX EMPLOYEES.BUT WHEN SUCHEVITS E-MAIL THIS NEWS ABOUT ABF AND UPS TO ALL SERVICE CENETRS FOR POSTING,THIS NEWS IS EDIT AND RIVISE,PREPARE,CUT, REARRANGE,SO THAT YOU READ ONLY WHAT FEDEX WANTS YOU TO READ.
WHEN YOU READ THIS POSTING,THEY MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THE TEAMSTERS ARE DIMINISHING AND LOSING THEIR PENSION FUND,WHICH IS NOT TRUE,CENTRAL PENSION FUNDS AND UPS ARE WORKING ON IMPROVING A BETTER PENSION FORMULA FOR THE FUTURE.
ONE LAST THING,WHY IS IT WHEN YOU ASK FOR A COPY OF THE POSTING THEY REFUSED AT FONTANA? OR ARE THEY HIDDING SOMETHING?

joe nuno said...

I would like to thank the organizers from the FedEx Freight yards in Fontana, Gardena, and SFV for their time the last two weekends helping Locals 848 organize the port drivers in Long Beach and Local 572 in Carson organize the school bus drivers

"FTA" DRIVER said...

I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE OPERATION MANAGER OF FONTANA FOR DRIVERS,WAS HOLDING A ONE ON ONE DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONING ABOUT ABF AND UPS NEWS LAST WEEK,MOCKING AND MAKING FUN OF BY MIMICKING,SAYING AND MAKING GESTURE THAT HE IS GLAD THE TEAMSTERS ARE GOING DOWN,FOR HIS PROFESSION,THIS IS INPROFESSIONAL.AND THIS O.M IS ALWAYS QUESTIONING OTHER DRIVERS AND EMPLOYEES ABOUT THE UNION,OR ABOUT OTHER EMPLOYEES'FEELING TOWARD A UNION;
ALL OF THESE ACTS VIOLATE FEDERAL LABOR LAWS-AND YOUR RIGHTS AS AMERICANS.STAND UP FOR DIGNITY AND RESPECT ON THE JOB.REPORT ALL VIOLATIONS-YOUR EMPLOYER MUST RESPECT YOUR RIGHTS.

FEDEX COALITION FOR TEAMSTERS said...

Ports, Teamsters discuss new rules
Article Launched: 05/22/2007 12:00:00 AM PDT


The waterfront has been a hotbed for organized labor in recent weeks, with the Teamsters canvassing port truckers and collecting signatures and longshore leadership laying the groundwork for next year's contract talks.

Earlier this month, Teamsters organizers spent a week talking to drivers and handing out leaflets just as port authorities prepared to phase out the current "independent-operator" system in favor of a taxicab-style business model for motor carriers.

It was reported that the group collected more than 3,000 driver signatures.

Under the plan, access to marine terminals would be restricted to concessionaire trucking firms which agree to use the cleanest vehicles and hire employee drivers.

Currently, nearly all of the port's about 14,000 regular truckers are paid by the load and don't receive mileage reimbursement, health care, vacation or overtime benefits.

The Teamsters is hoping to organize these drivers and gain some political muscle in the port nearly 25 years after federal trucking deregulation depleted its status here to the role of a junior partner.

It's the latest organizing campaign for the re-energized Teamsters, whose members joined several other

JOE NUNO "I.B.T" NEWS said...

A Message From Teamsters National Freight Division Director Tyson Johnson

May 23, 2007

As we prepare to negotiate the National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA) later this year, we realize that you, our members, are very concerned about your pensions.

Your concern may be heightened by the recent proposal from UPS to create a new, joint Teamsters-company pension plan to cover full-time UPS employees who currently obtain their pension benefits from the Central States Fund.

UPS' proposal is just that, a proposal. Teamster leaders are studying the proposal now and gathering information from the Central States Fund to fully assess the impact. You can be assured that your Teamster leaders will not support any proposal that will harm any active or retired Central States member.

You may have also heard that CEO Robert Davidson of ABF has been giving reports that he would like to have his company withdraw from all Teamster pension plans. We will not permit ABF or any other freight company to do anything that will harm any active or retired Central States member. Please be assured that any proposal related to pensions from ABF, or any other freight company, will not be discussed until NMFA talks begin later this year.

I urge you to not be swayed by rumors. Instead, visit the Teamsters web site for the latest information.

JOE NUNO said...

San Diego Vote Is Latest Victory for Successful National Campaign

Contact:
Leslie Miller
(202) 624-6911
May 25, 2007

(Washington, D.C.) - More than 140 First Student school bus drivers and mechanics voted overwhelmingly on May 24 to elect the Teamsters as their bargaining representative. The school bus workers cast their ballots in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 542 in San Diego, Calif., by a margin of 69-44.

The vote marked the first important step for the workers in achieving critical gains in the workplace. The school bus workers joined the Teamsters seeking necessary improvements in their working conditions. The First Student employees are now looking forward to being able to negotiate for improved safety standards, fair wages, decent and affordable health insurance and a seniority system.

“Any parent who knows what we do on a daily basis would want us to be treated fairly and to be respected,” said Philip Liburd, a First Student bus driver. “The best way for us to make things better was for us to organize as a union.”

Jim Newton, another First Student driver, said San Diego is one of the most expensive places in the country to live. “We deserve livable wages and a health plan that we can afford,” Newton said. “We need the opportunity to negotiate for what we need, which is why I supported forming a union with the Teamsters.”

Two previous campaigns failed, but this one succeeded because the company broke its promises. Workers were told they’d get a $1.50 to $2 raise that never materialized.

The campaign to organize the school bus workers in San Diego began in March. The workers quickly came together quickly to achieve this victory.

“The big thing it’s going to mean for the workers is that they’re now on the track to make an affordable wage where they can live without working two or three jobs,” said Phil Farias, president of Local 542. “These workers are on the way to getting back the American dream that everyone is losing.”

The victory is part of an effort to organize private school bus drivers across the country. Driving Up Standards is a national campaign by the Teamsters, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Transport and General Workers’ (T&G) union to improve safety, service and work standards in the private school bus industry. Since 2006, more than 2,500 private school bus workers have joined the Teamsters.
(NEWS FOR SFV,FTA,GAR,FEDEX FRT)THIS IS THE BEGINNING FOR FIRST STUDENT BUS DRIVERS WHICH HOPEFULLY L.A WILL VOTE.

JOE NUNO said...

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Reddawaydriver said...
Thank you for posting the truth. Many guys in orange believed the lies that some supervisors put forth last week. We should remember that the terminal manager did not put out these lies last week in orange. He was on vacation. This misinformation was put out by low level management that seems to have a personal problem with the Teamsters. And certainly these clowns have not stayed neutral. Some say V.P. Bob Stone was involved in the lies. But lets give him the benefit of the doubt until proven differently. I for one, do not believe our President T.J.O Conner was involved. There is no reason to fight with management, they have done a good job during a tough transition. We will be Teamsters soon, just like our President Mr. O Conner was when he was an hourly employee. Thanks again for a great posting. For those who doubt the posting, do the research, you will find out that our pension is strong. And the Teamster offer is fair.

May 21, 2007 9:05 PM
(THIS IS MORE LIES FROM OTHER CARRIERS PASSING THE LIES)

FEDEX WATCH said...

NLRB Again Rejects FedEx in Hartford - May 25, 2007
FedEx once again requested the NLRB review the Region 34 order finding the Hartford Home Delivery single vehicle drivers to be employees.
And the NLRB once again threw it back in their face. REJECTED again.
Next step is to open the ballot box and count the votes. Could be days or weeks before the results are announced. The wheels of justice grind on slowly but surely.

JOE NUNO said...

ORGANIZING FOR POWER!!!!INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS.
KEEP THE DIRTY SIDE DOWN!!!!

TEAMSTER NEWS said...

Teamsters Gain Strong Contract for Gonnella Bread Workers

Local 734 Members Ratify Five-Year Contract

May 28, 2007

Recently, workers at Gonnella Bread voted in favor of ratifying a five-year contract by a margin of 37-3. Local 734 in Chicago secured the contract for the bargaining unit.

“Our members at Gonnella work hard and Gonnella knows that,” said Brian Meidel, Local 734 President. “This contract gives our members fair wages and benefits, which shows Gonnella respects its workers.”

Highlights of the agreement include:

Yearly wage increases;

Continuation of members’ health care plan with no co-payments;

An additional day off to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January;

Contract language change to allow vacation picks all at once; and

A change in bidding language to allow transfers between the three different plants.

Gonnella has been a leading manufacturer of bread products in Chicago for more than a century.

fedex watch said...

Fair Use Quote from FedExaminer.com - May 29, 2007
Things written under copyright protection can't be printed elsewhere in full form. But select quotes can be used under fair use provisions to allow for continued debate and discussion in the public sphere. Here's a quote from a weekend commentator at FedExaminer.com talking about FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery:

After inquiring about a route for sale and then visiting with my banker, he suggested some things, one being to go online and see if there was a chat room or forum to get some feel from other IC's what to expect. I am glad that he suggested to do so. I have only been member for a few days, but the reading that I have done has changed my mind about purchasing the route I was considering. Thanks to my banker and thanks to all you.

That wins the essay contest for "Explain Why the Internet is Important to Workers in 100 Words or Less." If you are reading FedExWatch and not a subscriber to FedExaminer, then pry open your wallet and sign up.

FedEx - like most companies - doesn't tell prospective employees or so-called "contractors" the type of information that a worker needs to know before joining a firm and committing his working life to that company. In the past, these conversations happened between friends, family or neighbors if one were lucky enough to know someone who knew someone. That kind of word of mouth networking was helpful to some but many others made decisions with very little understanding of what they were getting into before taking a job. Not any more. Workers on the net unite.

CAMBIAR PARA GANAR said...

Nuestro Compromiso
Cambiar para Ganar y afiliados nos comprometemos a:
Dedicar el máximo de recursos, incluyendo por lo menos las tres cuartas partes de ellos a la nueva federación sindical, a la tarea central de afiliar a los trabajadores en sindicatos y restaurar el sueño estadounidense.
Unirnos con aliados para hacer campaña por los valores y derechos estadounidenses básicos, especialmente el derecho a formar un sindicato y negociar un convenio colectivo; por el derecho al cuidado médico de calidad a precio asequible; y por el derecho a seguridad del retiro.
Tomarles cuentas a las autoridades públicas electas por la defensa del derecho de la clase trabajadora a formar sindicatos.
Luchar por derechos legales plenos para los trabajadores inmigrantes, hacer oposición a toda forma de discriminación y garantizar la diversidad a todos los niveles de nuestra federación y nuestro movimiento.
Unirnos con sindicatos y aliados de otros países para negociar con corporaciones transnacionales para elevar los estándares de vida y lograr que se respeten los derechos de los trabajadores en todas partes.

CHANGE TO WIN said...

The Union Advantage
If you don’t have a union in your 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. Consider:

CHANGE TO WIN said...

James P. Hoffa
"When I was elected in 1998, I knew the journey to rebuild the Teamsters and the labor movement would be difficult. But if we are to build better lives for our families, our communities and our country, it is a journey that we must make.

"The Teamsters are well on their way to transforming the labor movement into a social force that can improve the lives of all working people. To reach our goal, we must engage people in our struggle for social and economic justice. That means reaching out to those in need. We must remind the world that collectively we can make a difference. That one voice may get lost in the crowd, but together our voices will be heard. And when our voice is heard, its impact will be felt around the globe.

"Solidarity is the key to our future, and through solidarity we will prevail in our struggle for fairness and justice."

Since taking office on March 19, 1999, James P. Hoffa has been rebuilding the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Under Hoffa's leadership, Union membership has increased and, for the first time in nearly ten years, the Union budget is balanced. As a result of renewed solidarity, Teamsters are winning industry-leading contracts, engaging in vigorous contract enforcement and organizing thousands of new members. Teamster positions on the issues of the day - from unsafe Mexican trucks to misguided trade concessions for China - now hold sway in Washington's power corridors. And now, the Union's renewed commitment to political action includes DRIVING America's Future, a new initiative that encourages and supports Teamster members running for political office. This effort will ensure even more Teamster influence in state and national government.

James P. Hoffa has spent a lifetime preparing for the challenge of running the Teamsters Union. He knows, first-hand, what Teamsters can accomplish when they work together. He is determined to lead a Union that is a credit to its proud history.

"The thing I'm most excited about is that together we've tackled the hardest problems head-on and won," says Hoffa. "That's the Teamster way. A national Carhaul agreement, justice for customer service representatives at America West Airlines, keeping unsafe Mexican trucks off our highways, 10,000 new jobs at UPS - all these victories are products of the renaissance of Teamster solidarity."

James P. Hoffa grew up on picket lines and in union meetings. He is the only son of James R. Hoffa, former General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. On his 18th birthday, Hoffa received his own union card and was sworn in by his father. Prior to becoming Administrative Assistant to Michigan Joint Council 43, Hoffa was a labor lawyer in Detroit for 25 years.

CHANGE TO WIN said...

Freedom to Join Together in Unions
Millions of workers have been able to achieve the American Dream over the last 70 years thanks to unions. The union movement led the fight for the minimum wage and the eight-hour work day, it pioneered employer-provided health care and pension plans for workers, it played a leading role securing Social Security and Medicare for seniors, and it won major advances ensuring workplace safety and workers’ rights.

Today, unions are at the forefront of securing livable wages for all workers. Wages of union members are 28% higher than those of nonunion workers, on average. When you add up the much better health care and pension benefits union workers receive, the total compensation of union workers is 44% higher than that of non-union workers.

The more workers unite together in unions, the better off everyone is. But when unions are under attack, as they are today, workers face stagnant wages and declining health and retirement benefits.

To restore the American Dream we need to turn the low-paying, no-benefit jobs of today into the union wage, middle-class jobs of tomorrow. America did it once before – jobs in the auto, steel and other manufacturing industries used to have the low-wages and poor benefits of many of today’s service-sector jobs. But, too often in America when workers try to form a union their employers go to war. They undertake ruthless anti-union campaigns, hire high-priced consultants that specialize in opposing workers trying to better their lives, and even engage in illegal tactics to deny workers the fundamental right to have a voice on the job.

That’s why Congress needs to enact into law the Employee Free Choice Act. Learn more about this important bill:

irudedog said...

reason for unionizing said...
A paycheck that supports a family,
Universal health care for all employees full time or part timer
A secure retirement,and retired medical benefits,
The freedom to form a union to give workers a voice on the job.

June 2, 2007 5:29 PM

ray said...

Economic Issues Coming Soon

June 6, 2007

Contract negotiations for the 125 drivers and dockworkers at UPS Freight in Indianapolis resume the week of June 18, and economic issues are expected to be on the table soon.

The negotiating committee last met during the week of April 16.

Union leaders said they are looking forward to resuming talks and continuing to make progress toward a strong contract. Talks have paused at UPS Freight to accommodate negotiations for the national UPS contract, which involves complex health, welfare and pension issues.

The union’s goal is to negotiate a contract in Indianapolis that would serve as a national model to organize the nearly 300 other UPS Freight terminals across the country.

For the latest updates, visit www.teamster.org.