Thursday, July 12, 2007


On Tuesday of this week a driver who is pro union and who puts up a “ Union Yes” sign in his cars window, noticed that someone had wrote on his windshield, “screw you and the union!”. The driver talked to Russ about the situation.Russ said he would write a report on this. When the driver was leaving his office, Russ mentioned to remedy the problem is to remove his “Union Yes” sign. Sounds like this Service center manager condones what has happened to this driver’s vehicle and is not going to do anything about it.




Anonymous said...

More Than 12,000 Workers in DHL System Are Teamsters

July 13, 2007

(Allentown, Pennsylvania) – Workers throughout the DHL system are building their union with the Teamsters Union. The union is fighting to ensure that all workers at DHL have the opportunity to join the most powerful union in North America. This week, workers at two independent cartage contractors in Allentown, Pennsylvania, voted for Teamster representation.

“I voted for the Teamsters because they are the biggest and best union,” said Felix Zamora, a worker who is a new Teamster delivering DHL packages in Allentown. “I know that Teamsters already represent many DHL workers, plus a whole lot more at UPS. They are the experts when it comes to representing parcel and small package employees.”

“Industry density matters when it comes to winning strong contracts that protect workers’ jobs and ensure solid wages and benefits,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “The Teamsters are the union in the DHL system.”

DHL workers at two independent cartage contractors (ICC), Northeastern Express and Jennings and Associates, both in Allentown, are now new members of the Teamsters Union. Workers at Jennings voted today, by a three to one margin, to join the Teamsters. Both are independent cartage carriers that deliver for DHL. On July 19, two Teamster elections will be held for employees of two more DHL ICCs, also in Allentown.

“ICC employees delivering for DHL in Allentown overwhelming voted for Teamster representation and we will stand with them to work on improving their rights and benefits in the workplace,” said Dennis Hower, Vice President of Local 773 in Allentown. “These employees have worked hard to keep DHL a successful company and they deserve excellent representation on the job. They made the right choice with the Teamsters.”

More than 4,500 workers at DHL in the New England corridor have successfully won union representation as Teamsters—from Baltimore to Boston. And, more than 12,000 workers in the DHL system are already Teamster members, including workers at DHL facilities in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and elsewhere. In the package-sort-and-delivery industry, more than 200,000 workers at UPS are Teamster members.

“We are expanding workers’ power and Teamster power in the global supply chain,” said Jeff Farmer, Teamsters Director of Organizing. “As more workers in the DHL system become Teamsters, their power becomes greater.”

“I tell every worker I meet: ‘I went through the organizing process, and you can build your union, and you have the full support of the Teamsters behind you,’” said Don Schmidt, a sort worker at the DHL gateway at JFK Airport in New York City.

Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States and Canada.

irudedog said...

House Transportation Committee Votes Overwhelmingly To Help FedEx Drivers, Mechanics
Leigh Strope
(202) 624-6911
June 29, 2007

(Washington, D.C.) – The Teamsters Union praised the House Transportation Committee for voting today to make it easier for FedEx Express drivers, airline mechanics and other workers to improve their lives by forming unions.

The committee voted overwhelmingly for an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration funding bill that would allow FedEx Express drivers and mechanics to organize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). They have been wrongly covered by the Railway Labor Act (RLA) since FedEx successfully got a provision slipped in legislation in 1996 to retain special status as an airline, thus throwing up a major roadblock for its ground workers to form unions.

"It's time to ground FedEx's labor act charade," said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "The Teamsters Union commends the House Transportation Committee for taking this important step today to help FedEx Express drivers and mechanics who want to achieve the American dream."

The legislation also recognizes the mechanics' professional status and provides them a better opportunity to organize. It also would remove ground employees from the aviation classification and craft, making it simpler for them to organize under the RLA.

"FedEx's unfair advantage has allowed it to profit on the backs of its workers, who have faced slower growth in wage increases, hikes in health care costs and the demise of their pension plan," Hoffa said. "This important provision protects the rights of workers and is in the interest of fairness and competitiveness in the package delivery industry."

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada.

Anonymous said...

What is considered to be "protected activity?"
The NLRA protects the right of employees to:
organize unions;
bargain collectively,
engage in concerted activity, and/or
refrain from any of these activities.
So, when Norma Rae stood up and held a sign that said "union," she was protected from being fired for that act. Similarly, the worker who joins a negotiating committee and makes demands the boss thinks are too radical is also protected from retaliation.

Anonymous said...

FedEx has installed cameras all over the dock, office and yard, but not in the parking lot. Situations in the parking lot envolving employee's safety and security and personal property ( their cars) doesn't seem to matter to FedEx, they only care about their bottom line and what happens inside the yard. They are not concerned about your personal safety. If they were they would install cameras in the parking lot before something serious happens.