Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Attention Greg Faith Of FedEx Freight Svc Ctr Whittier ...

UPS NEGOTIATIONS UPDATEA Winning Contract for UPS TeamstersA flier for local unions that outlines the major gains and a vote reminder is available for download.

Greg, before you give a anti-union meeting at Whittier for your drivers, that UPS would not get a contract, get your facts straight. Not only did UPS Freight get there first Union contract ever, 107 Yes - 1 No.
The UPS Teamsters have a new Winning Contract that the members will be voting on soon!
Maybe you should stop listening to the Union busters and educate yourself.


Read Contract Highlights:

Monday, October 29, 2007

FedxMx Blitz At LAX ...

After yesterday meeting at L.A.X, it was great to see that FedEx freight, FedEx ground are not the only organizing drive. Meeting with some of the FedEx Express mechanics from Memphis Tennessee was a great feeling, also seeing employees from Boston Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.
One thing I have to say that it is coming! Seeing the mother company joining the Teamsters is seeing a secured future, and it would not be a surprise if Memphis voted the Teamsters first.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

National Misclassification Case Gets Class Certification - October 16, 2007

Well, that didn't take long. On Friday, Judge Miller denied the temporary restraining order requesting he prevent FedEx from firing all single-vehicle drivers in California. So perhaps FedEx lawyers thought they had snapped their losing streak.

They were wrong. On Monday, the same Judge Miller decided the multi-district litigation case can go forward as a class action lawsuit for both the state wage and federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims. The whole order is online here - the juicy stuff starts on page 22 following the order including the company's expert report.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

JOE NUNO said..

I say lets build concentration camps at FedEx Corporation, and our old glory that hangs on the pole on our yards, which represents FREEDOM!!! For 231 years.
Lets hang swastika flags which represent control, communist, telling workers that they can not speak Spanish or any other language on radios is absurd, why do they ask not to speak any other language, because they have guilt conscience or because they think that Hispanic are organizing in codes? In addition, freezing accrued pensions that were earned; and without our approval, that is more communist control by the corporation.
Changing or deducting money from your accrued v-peps without consulting our approvals, that is a thought control by the company.
Now being a member of the Teamsters and having a joint council, the corporation wouldn’t be able to change anything without the Teamsters and members approval, or having a VOTE!!!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Benefits Go Up, Your Wages Go Down ...

Cliff Armstrong Says,

FedEx is at it again. I guess their 2.02 Billion dollar proffit last year wasn't enough. Now they want to cut your wages by charging you more for your benifits, co-pays and prescriptions without giving any raises on Jan. 1, 2008. It's just more corporate greed to make more money off their employees. Wake up everyone, it's time to organize! Your yearly raises won't come until June 1, 2008, and that's supposed to be for cost of living, not for paying more for benifits so FedEx can increase their proffits.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Teamsters, FEDXMX Announce OAK, LAX Meetings

Dear Rudy Hernandez,

All OAK FedEx Express Maintenance Job Families

You're invited to a Teamster OPEN HOUSE at Local Union 70 on October 15

This open house will provide you with the opportunity to meet with Teamster representatives and Teamster airline mechanics. Information on the Western Conference Pension Plan will also be provided. We are planning an informative day and look forward to having you join us!


Monday, October 15th
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Teamsters Local 70 Union Hall at
70 Hegenberger Rd Oakland, CA 94621

DIRECTIONS: Upon leaving the airport you will come to Doolittle Drive. Turn left on Doolittle Drive and turn right on Hegenberger Road.

All LAX FedEx Express Maintenance Job Families

You're Invited to a Teamster OPEN HOUSE on October 27

Another opportunity to meet the Teamster representatives and Teamster airline mechanics. ALPA/FedEx Pilots Chairman David Webb is expected too.


Saturday, October 27th

All day


Embassy Suites Hotel at LAX

If you are interested in representing your station at either the OAK or LAX meetings, send your request to kozmic27 AT yahoo DOT com; please provide your name, job family and station in the email message.


FedEx Aircraft Mechanics Organizing Committee

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Please give us the definition of diversity.

The Independent Time states “Celebrate Diversity Week” is a week to “explore the history, cultural celebrations and significant life events of those around us”. However, earlier today, the Dock Operation Manager announced over handset radios to the AM hostlers that the use of the Spanish language would not be tolerated. Such a disrespectful statement contradicts the supposed intent of “Celebrate Diversity Week” at FedEx Freight in Fontana. When all is said and done, what is FedEx’s true definition of diversity?

mi amigo

mon ami

mein freund

mijn vriend

meu amigo

мой друг

my friend?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Teamsters Turn Attention To FedEx Freight

The following is a letter written to the organizers at FedEx Freight:

After Half-century of struggle, former Overnite workers have their contract. And next the Teamsters are turning our attentions onto FedEx Freight.

Workers at UPS Freight (formerly Overnite Transportation) in Indianapolis overwhelmingly ratified their first contract ever on October 7, by a 107-1 vote. This agreement will improve wages, benefits and working conditions and will serve as a model to organize thousands of other UPS Freight employees nationwide, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced.

"For more than 50 years, workers at UPS Freight's predecessor, Overnite, fought to win a Teamster contract," Hoffa said. "Today the union fulfilled its promise that we would not quit until workers achieved economic justice. Now we will help thousands of other UPS Freight employees win the same protections and guarantees on the job that the Indianapolis workers have. After UPS Freight workers join the Teamster family, we will focus our future organizing efforts at FedEx Freight."

The Teamsters and UPS Freight reached a tentative agreement on September 30. The contract, which covers 125 dockworkers and drivers who belong to Teamsters Local 135 in Indianapolis, also provides employees the protections of a grievance procedure to fight unfair management decisions, something workers have fought hard to achieve.

"This is a historic day," said Ken Hall, Director of the Teamsters Parcel and Small Package Division who was lead negotiator. "Thousands of Overnite workers fought so hard for this day to happen. We won't stop until all UPS Freight workers have the secure future that they deserve by working under a Teamster contract."

"In Indianapolis, we have been fighting to join the Teamsters since the mid-1990s, and it feels great to finally have the backing of the strongest union in North America," said Jesse Nicholson, a road driver and 20-year employee. "We look forward to our brothers and sisters at other company terminals joining us so that they too will have the same security."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

UPS Freight Workers in Indianapolis Ratify Historic, First Ever Contract

After More Than A Half-Century Struggle, Former Overnite Workers Prevail

: Galen Munroe,
(202) 624-6911

October 7, 2007

(Indianapolis) -- Workers at UPS Freight (formerly Overnite Transportation) in Indianapolis overwhelmingly ratified their first contract earlier today, by a 107-1 vote. This agreement will improve wages, benefits and working conditions and will serve as a model to organize thousands of other UPS Freight employees nationwide, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced.

Read More At: Teamster.org

Double Standards in Fontana Service Center…

A driver was in the Operation managers office talking to the Head of the DT’s when a dispatcher walked in the same office looked at the driver and said “your “F” ing me with your productivity performance!” Now the driver was taken back at what he said especially in front of a higher-ranking officer. The Head of driver trainers apologized to this driver for the dispatcher.

The assistant terminal manager of the service center said there would be an internal investigation into what had happened that day. After a week of investigating, the company has said there was nothing they would do to reprimand the dispatcher. What a surprise!

Let me tell you my fellow Fontana FedEx employees. If circumstances were reversed and you would drop the “F” bomb to any manager the way the dispatcher did to this driver. You would be suspended without pay do to an investigation. In addition, you would be terminated for sexual harassment!



Showdown for California SVCs On October 9 - October 05, 2007

The bad press for FedEx just keeps coming and coming. Now the story is on CNBC.

But the big showdown over the mass firing of all single-vehicle contractors in California is the thing on everyone's mind. The lawyers for the California drivers in the national class action lawsuit have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order before the MDL judge - they are asking the court to block the termination letters, the waiver of claims and freeze the Oct. 26 deadline for drivers to make the huge decision to give up their rights and their livelihoods.

Every FedEx Ground and Home Delivery driver should read all these October 2007 documents carefully. FedEx offers no loyalty to any driver who dares fight for his or her rights. Today it is California drivers that are on the chopping block. Tomorrow it could be anyone, anywhere.

If you have not already, register with FedExWatch by entering your email address in the form at the top of this page. The Teamsters want to work with all FedEx drivers and employees to secure their rights.

Original Post On FedEx Watch.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Taking the fight to the union busters

This week, In These Times published a fascinating piece on the ugly inner workings of the union busting industry. Assuming the identity of a small New York City business owner, Art Levine went undercover to an anti-union seminar held by Jackson Lewis, an infamous law firm which helps other companies bust unions.

Levine's piece gives us a good look at the early stages of union-busting: a hush-hush seminar which starts out by frightening business owners and managers about the alleged dangers of unionization, and follows up with some basic anti-union legal advice. There's no surprise there; indeed, labor law is replete with loopholes which can be exploited to thwart unionization.

What is surprising is the expense and difficulty which is imposed on the union-buster's client - i.e., the manager or business owner who wishes to avoid unionization. After all, to go to the seminar, Levine had to chip in travel expenses plus a $1,500 entrance fee, as well as two solid days of time. That amounts to a pretty serious cash outlay. What's more, participating in the seminar and doing business with Jackson Lewis don't sound like remotely pleasant activities. The seminar and follow-up free half-hour phone consultation which Levine describes both sound like fairly high-pressure ordeals meant to persuade participants to pay the firm exorbitant fees to solve what may be an imaginary problem. The Jackson Lewis attorneys sound like textbook cases of predatory salespeople.

Read More Click Here

Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement Covering More Than 230,000 Workers at UPS

Contract Improves Wages and Significantly Increases Pension and Health and Welfare Contributions to Benefit Funds

: Bret Caldwell,
Leigh Strope,
(202) 624-6911

September 30, 2007

(Chicago) -- The Teamsters Union and UPS have reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year national contract for parcel workers that raises wages and will significantly increase the company's contributions to funds that provide pension and health and welfare benefits to Teamster members, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said today.

The agreement was negotiated during the past year, and is reached in advance of an October 1 deadline set by the union to reach an early agreement. The current contract does not expire until July 31, 2008. Upon ratification, most provisions of the new agreement will take effect on August 1, 2008.

Read More At Teamster.org