Wednesday, August 1, 2007

DISAPPOINTED DOCKWORKER IN FONTANA ...

After todays p.m dock meeting, with frank discussing about the pension and 401 k, I have no hope in Fedex future, I can't afford to contribute in the 401 k, especially being a part time dock worker ,can't afford it ,and for another reason Fedex does not allow dockworkers to become full time workers, this policy of Fedex sucks.
My uncle at usf reddaway said the new teamsters contract will allow part time workers to become full time workers, with a top pay of $ 22.18 an hour, one other thing at Fedex looking at the old time dock workers they have fringe benefits, and especially Fedex wanna be supervisor also have fringe benefits, who could care less about part time workers, also I am considering in joining those workers at FedEx who display the "union yes" sign on their car out side the parking lot, hopefully I will meet one of you guys and obtain a sign for my car.

7 comments:

FEDEX WATCH said...

Daily Work of “Independent Contractor” Controlled by FedEx

Contact:
Leslie Miller
(202) 624-6911
July 24, 2007


(Washington, D.C.) – A former FedEx driver told a congressional panel today that the company misclassified him as an independent contractor though it controlled most aspects of his daily work as it would an employee.

Bob Williams, who worked for FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) subsidiary FedEx Home Delivery in Northboro, Massachusetts, testified before two House Education and Labor subcommittees. The hearing was titled “The Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors.”

As an independent contractor, Williams was not covered by many federal and state labor laws covering wages, benefits and worker protections.

“I was responsible for the cost of the vehicle, for the fuel, for the tires, for the maintenance, and all operating costs, including breakdown and emergency expenditures,” said Williams, who lives in Berlin, Massachusetts. “I paid for a worker’s accident policy, in lieu of workmen’s comp weekly deductions, and I also paid for liability insurance.”

Williams was fired by FedEx in December 2005 in part because of his protests over the company’s policies and in part because of his union activities. The National Labor Relations Board Region 1 determined Williams and fellow drivers were wrongly classified as contractors and were employees under the law.

The NLRB also investigated unfair labor practice charges stemming from the termination of Williams and other union supporters. In March 2007, the board filed a consolidated complaint against FedEx Home Delivery; a hearing is set for August.

Since 2001, the NLRB regional offices ruled six consecutive times that FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery drivers are employees under the National Labor Relations Act.

FedEx Home Delivery drivers in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Windsor, Connecticut, have voted for Teamster representation in the last year. The NLRB certified Teamsters Local 25 in Boston as the collective bargaining agent for the Wilmington drivers. FedEx has indicated they will refuse to bargain with Local 25.

Anonymous said...

i guest i was wrong about frank, i that he had a brain, but he is just a puppet that upper managers pull string and tell him what to said and do..
thanks frank...


pm dockworker at fta

Anonymous said...

frank you said that the 401k was good , but frank i am not getting enough hr to pay for my bills and feed my kids. how do you want to but sign up for my 401k... you said that i was going to work more hrs.... you lie to me......


fta dockworker..

Anonymous said...

frank how does it feel to be a puppet, i guest you have not seen what is going on at fta. you talk but you cannot do the walk..


your friend at fta..

Anonymous said...

After today in Fontana terminal you absolutely know who is in the favorite list to get extra hours, especially the P.M dock supervisors who has their favorite pets, we definitely really need a union. 11:03 P.M 08-03-07

A PART TIME DOCKWORKER (UNION MEMBER) said...

If you're a part-time employee, chances are that *you* need a union most of all! I don't know if anyone has told you this yet, but once upon a time at FedEx, the rule was that if a part-time employee worked full-time hours for so many consecutive days (I think it was 90) he had the right to demand full-time status!

TEAMSTERS POWER said...

it is about power and the balance of it (0 / 0)
You may not. If you have power and control in the company you may be just fine. But the problem is that too many people do not. And how soon would you change your mind if your power were taken away ... at will?

most stewards, locals and officers fight for their members, provide grievance procedures, and give workers a voice in the workplace.

It may be a bit Utopian to believe that one day all CEOs would give up their salaries that are valued at 500 times or more what their average worker earns, or that the board of directors would not want to jettison a pension plan or roll back the health insurance so they could make the quarterly figures look better.

It's all about profit and greed. It always has been.