Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tuesday's Drivers Meeting ...

Witnesses at this past driver meeting have reported a situation between Farrin the Fta Operations manager and a driver over the new procedure with the drivers VIR’s. The driver was trying to get a reasonable answer on why, this was being done now? With no real reason that made any sense to anyone at the meeting. (The Watchdogs know this is just another form of Union Busting! Ask any FedEx Express drivers what has been happening to their senior drivers at their Ontario facility. See video on the right side.) The O.M. just came out and said,” if you don’t like what has to be done? Reddaway is hiring drivers.”

Now why is it that management always says that we should present ourselves as professional at all times, especially with the public and most of all with our customers? But it’s ok to talk to their employees in a non professional way? Grant it, its no easy job being a manager with so many different personalities and attitudes. But if you, as a manager want respect? You should at least show some respect yourself.


Anonymous said...

If you wonder why we are going union, Joe Nuño told Mike Zanoli; Is because of over power of authority from managers….

Anonymous said...

Mike Zanoli. what are you going to do, because John H. is looking the other way and hope it go away...

Anonymous said...

Well our service center manager isn’t a saint either; we definably need the Teamsters here in Phoenix, so please bring local 104 out at our gates. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Rights of Employees (NLRA)

Sec. 7. [Sec. 157.] Employees shall have the right to self- organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 8(a)(3) [section 158(a)(3) of this title].

Unfair Labor Practices Back to top

Sec. 8. [Sec. 158.] (a) [Unfair labor practices by employer] It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer--

(1) to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in section 7 [section 157 of this title];

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(2) to dominate or interfere with the formation or administration of any labor organization or contribute financial or other support to it: Provided, That subject to rules and regulations made and published by the Board pursuant to section 6 [section 156 of this title], an employer shall not be prohibited from permitting employees to confer with him during working hours without loss of time or pay;

(3) by discrimination in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment to encourage or discourage membership in any labor organization: Provided, That nothing in this Act [subchapter], or in any other statute of the United States, shall preclude an employer from making an agreement with a labor organization (not established, maintained, or assisted by any action defined in section 8(a) of this Act [in this subsection] as an unfair labor practice) to require as a condition of employment membership therein on or after the thirtieth day following the beginning of such employment or the effective date of such agreement, whichever is the later, (i) if such labor organization is the representative of the employees as provided in section 9(a) [section 159(a) of this title], in the appropriate collective-bargaining unit covered by such agreement when made, and (ii) unless following an election held as provided in section 9(e) [section 159(e) of this title] within one year preceding the effective date of such agreement, the Board shall have certified that at least a majority of the employees eligible to vote in such election have voted to rescind the authority of such labor organization to make such an agreement: Provided further, That no employer shall justify any discrimination against an employee for nonmembership in a labor organization (A) if he has reasonable grounds for believing that such membership was not available to the employee on the same terms and conditions generally applicable to other members, or (B) if he has reasonable grounds for believing that membership was denied or terminated for reasons other than the failure of the employee to tender the periodic dues and the initiation fees uniformly required as a condition of acquiring or retaining membership;

(4) to discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee because he has filed charges or given testimony under this Act [subchapter];

(5) to refuse to bargain collectively with the representatives of his employees, subject to the provisions of section 9(a) [section 159(a) of this title].

Anonymous said...

Phoenix P & D driver please contact us at
I will contact Teamsters local 104 Thanks

Anonymous said...

Vote Teamsters,we will fight for a decent pension,Vote Teamsters we will fight for retired medical benifits.Vote Teamsters we will fight for full coverage medical benifits for all family members and for the partimers.Vote Teamsters guarantee your seniority and not favoritism,Vote Teamsters and we will spell out a contract; and not a handbook written by the corporate lawyers which later on makes new rules and changes policies as days goes by for management benifits,Vote Teamsters and we will fight for longer medical leave of absent and not just one year and be terminated. now be wise and organize,listen to bothsides management side and the Teamsters side and compare.

Quote from Jack Nicholson in Hoffa; ( never let a stranger in your cab or in your home, but if he is a friend of labor, then he is the only friend you got,and you best listen to that man, if he got scares in his nuckles and gots the muscle in his arms, and if he has been out in the road like you and me, then he is the only friend you got!!! )
Remember guys keep the dirty side down!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick reminder if any manager at any service center, ask you to fill out an I-9 form because the address doesn’t match now, you don’t have to fill out another form after you been approved a year ago.
Form I-9 is to check SS# match, driver license, an off letter match, and legal status of work visa, or immigration status, or U.S citizenship.
It is known that in Fontana service center, a dockworker of 15 years was ask to fill out a form because his address didn’t match, remember people move!!
Another incident was a year ago, a senior driver of 19 years was ask to fill a I-9 form, remember you been approved over a year ago, the only time to re-do your i9 form is only when expiration of work permit or visa is expiring .This is only being ask by over power managers because of union organizing, by law you don’t have to fill one out again, if you are clean don’t worry about it.
If it continues, please contact the Law offices of Levy, Stern & Ford Tel. (213) 380-3140 and pass it on!!

Anonymous said...

Fedex spends 5.5 million in 2007 to lobby on trade

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FedEx Spends $5.5M to Lobby in 2007
Tuesday February 19, 4:21 pm ET
FedEx Spends $5.5 Million in 2007 to Lobby on Trade, Transportation, Energy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FedEx Corp. spent roughly $5.5 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure
form posted online Thursday by the Senate's public records office.
The company spent about $3.9 in the second half of 2007 to lobby the House of Representatives, Senate and White House on issues
related to the federal budget, transportation and energy, according to a disclosure form posted online Thursday by the Senate's public
records office.
FedEx also lobbied Congress on trade agreements with Peru, Colombia and Korea.
FedEx spent $1.6 million in the first six months of 2007 to lobby on legislation related to Federal Aviation Administration funding, air
cargo security, air traffic control, biofuels, homeland security and visa wavers, among other issues.
Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches, under a federal
law enacted in 1995.

Anonymous said...

Of course management is going to disrespect their employees, they have a God-complex! Plus they are fighting a losing battle against the union, remember when people resort to petty insults or quick tempers it shows that they are frustrated with a lost cause, in this case the lost cause just happens to be fighting against the union.

Anonymous said...

What about the New procedure with the drivers VIR’s???

You say--No real reason that made sense to anyone at the meeting??

If your boss said--"Fill up your truck with Fuel before your 1st stop" Just because it doesn't make any sense to you or anyone else!! Well do what your told.

If your father said GO CUT THE GRASS..yepp bite the bullet and cut the damn grass.

Are people getting to SOFT that everytime something is told to them they BITCH up and yell for the union?

This killed me to see this resonse--"The driver was trying to get a reasonable answer on why, this was being done now? With no real reason that made any sense to anyone at the meeting."

Let's go back to the old days--Where if you couldn't cut it...YOU GOT your A$$ handed to you---but wait---JOE, CLIFF or RUDY will post a message saying---If your feelings were hurt--call us or email us or SIGN A CARD!!!

Give me a break....Can you tell me What do drivers who have over 20+ years going to gain by bringing the union in?


Anonymous said...

Mr.C how did it feel to get slap by Mike Jordan? Your call was unfair! Some of us know you were good at your position. But I see your point THX

Anonymous said...

Error is in human, and you are just human when you make a mistake; but to management is potential and power to terminate!!!!
Be wise and organize

Anonymous said...

The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. Black team drivers attended the first Convention in 1903 and were active in all aspects of the union—including leadership, from the beginning. That commitment remains strong today.

The Teamsters Union has traditionally been ahead of other unions in terms of the treatment of minority members, calling for ”no color line” in the union as early as 1906 and began actively seeking to organize black men and women. Black members made up half of the executive board at the first New Orleans local in 1903 and black women helped establish one of the first “color free” contracts in the country in 1917 as Teamsters negotiated equal pay for black and white laundry women. That foundation of equality led black members to become strong advocates for civil rights and other social justice causes through the years.

This does not mean it has been an easy road for minorities in the union. Black members made up a smaller segment of the union and often faced many of the same prejudices from individual fellow members on the job as they did in society at large. But they had the courage to stand fast and demand respect and dignity for themselves and their families. We are all richer for it.

Black members are an integral part of the legacy we have created for working families over the last century. Whether serving as the first black milkman, a soldier defending freedom, a Rosie the Riveter on the home front in World War II, or traveling to Washington D.C. to march with Dr. King or serve on a D.R.I.V.E. (Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education) delegation, the experiences and achievements of our black members have made a difference and deserve to be recognized.

Anonymous said...

Local 743 Had “Star” Organizer

Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was always a favorite with Chicago Cubs fans during his 19-year career—and with Chicago Teamsters. Banks, noted for his friendly, down to earth disposition, excellent all-round play and his powerful home runs, also put his skills to use for the union.

Banks served as an organizer in the off-season at Local 743 for a number of years, focusing his efforts on warehouse and mail order workers in the Chicago area. Banks also served as advisor for the sports program at Local 743, which as you might guess had a heavy emphasis on baseball.

Banks was spotted by the Cubs when playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League and signed to a major league contract with the team in 1953. Banks was chosen to play in the All-Star Game during 11 seasons, was twice voted the National League Most Valuable Player and hit 512 home runs during his time with the Cubs.

Chicago Teamsters turned up at Wrigley Field in droves and proudly cheered for their fellow member on Ernie Banks Day in 1964. It was just one occasion for Teamsters to show support for Banks, whose love for the game prompted his signature phrase, “Let’s play two!”

Anonymous said...

John H. Cleveland, the first black International Vice President of the Teamsters Union, was one of the union’s most important leaders. Cleveland was a pioneering organizer of black workers in the south during the 1950s and early 1960s and fought hard to end Jim Crow laws in the region. He also led the way for black workers in the nation’s capital to achieve respect and a better standard of living.

Cleveland became a member of Local 730 in Washington, D.C. in 1937 and served as the principal officer for more than 30 years. He also served as President of Joint Council 55 and the Eastern Conference Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. Cleveland, born in Georgia in 1912, was a veteran of World War II and a lifelong activist for civil rights as a member of the NAACP.

His wife, Eula, is also a lifelong Teamster activist who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the union’s Centennial celebration in 2003.

Cleveland: A Great Leader

The Teamsters published a book on the life of Cleveland in 2006 as part of the union’s black history month activities. The book, “A Biography of John H. Cleveland: A Man with a Mission,” was developed to educate members on Cleveland’s outstanding contributions to the labor movement and sent to all locals and joint councils in February of last year.

Copies are still available and can be requested from the Training and Development Department at the International Union.

“John Cleveland was a great man, a great Teamster and a great leader,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “Sharing the story of his achievements with our members is critical to understanding our history. I am pleased that he is getting the recognition he deserves in this book.”

As part of National Black History Month, we will be spotlighting on the Teamsters web site some of the wonderful stories and achievements of Teamster members through the years. Black members have been part of our union from the very beginning and are an integral part of the legacy we have created for working families over the last century. Whether serving as the first black milkman, a laundry woman calling for pay equal to that of white coworkers, a soldier defending freedom, or a Rosie the Riveter on the home front in World War II, the experiences and achievements of our black members contributed to the success of the union and deserve to be recognized.

The Teamsters Union has traditionally been ahead of other unions in terms of the treatment of minority members, calling for ”no color line” in the union as early as 1906 and actively seeking to organize black men and women from the union’s beginning.

This does not mean it has been an easy road for minorities in the union. Black members made up a smaller segment of the union and often faced many of the same prejudices from individual fellow members on the job as they did in society at large. But they had the courage to stand fast and demand respect and dignity for themselves and their families. We are all richer for it.

Anonymous said...

Clara Day joined Teamsters Local 743 in 1955 after being instrumental in the successful organizing campaign at Montgomery Ward where she was employed. Shortly thereafter, she was brought onto the staff of Local 743 to represent the same workers she had helped bring to the union.

Moving up the ranks from business agent and various other responsibilities, she was elected to the Local 743 Executive Board in 1976. She served as Trustee and Recording Secretary for more than 20 years.

While a business agent, Day also served as Director of Community Services for Local 743. She served as a liaison to members and their families providing information on a broad range of public and private services, as well as educational opportunities in the community.

She was a powerful voice in support of the civil rights movement. She served with distinction on numerous boards, committees and commissions, both public and private, with the mission of making equal rights and justice a reality for women and minorities.

Day’s proudest achievements include serving as a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and leading a delegation of her union members in the historic March on Washington in the company of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Advancing the Role of Black Members a Priority

Chester Glanton, International Vice President At-Large from 1999 until his death in 2001, loved the union and all it stood for—particularly in terms of equality for all workers.

“The Teamsters are leaders because they were willing to give black workers recognition and a chance to move forward long before anyone else did,” Glanton said.

Glanton began his career as a Teamster shop steward for Local 743 in Chicago. His skills earned him the notice of the local’s officers and he was brought on to the staff as an organizer. Through hard work and involvement, was elected President in 1995. Glanton was always centrally involved in efforts to meet the needs of black members, including participation in the fledgling Black Caucus in 1976. He also served as an officer in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

“Chester Glanton was a leader who inspired members—black and white—to devote their lives to improving the standard of living for all workers,” said Tom Keegel, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer. “He is sorely missed.”

Anonymous said...

The contract negotiations and ultimate union victory for employees at Montgomery Ward was a major campaign for the Teamsters in the mid 1950s. A lot of hard work and long hours over the 15-month bargaining process made success a reality. At the center of all the activity was Robbie Jubiter, an employee at Ward’s Chicago plant.

Jubiter, who was the subject of a six-page story in the September 1955 Teamster Magazine spread, was listed on the Ward’s payroll as “stock helper, regular”. That label did not even begin to describe Robbie’s role at Ward’s. She began working for the company in 1946 and quickly became a valued member of her work unit for her speed, skill at memorizing catalog numbers, and the ability to tell with a glance what stock was moving and what was failing. She ruefully recalled long days of walking miles on hard concrete floors in dim light looking for stock and checking orders—all for 62.5 cents an hour.

When leaders from Local 743 in Chicago brought the idea of organizing to Ward’s employees in May 1953, Jubiter was one of the first to sign a membership card. She recognized that it was the best way to address employees’ problems and get ideas for improving the worksite to management. She was key in spreading the word about the union to other employees. After enough cards had been signed, Jubiter served as a watcher at the January 1954 election. The day of the election was tense, and she spent a lot of time reassuring coworkers and keeping in contact with officers at Local 743. When the results were in she personally phoned everyone in her department with the news—2766 for the union, 385 against.

Jubiter was elected steward for her area, and went on to excel in steward training classes held during 1954. In addition to her job, and many steward duties, she kept everyone informed of progress in the bargaining talks and helped organize the celebration when the contract was signed in March of 1955. Her energy and input during the process helped give the policy committee strength, allowing them to garner improved working conditions and significant wage increases for Ward’s employees.

To Jubiter, all of the extra work was worth it. In her mind, working together and making members lives better, even in small ways was what it was all about. She was known as a staunch union member, and often spent evenings at Local 743 going over membership lists or attending to other employee concerns.

Robbie Jubiter, and others like her made up the backbone of the Teamsters—and still do. She was willing to work hard so others did not have to do the same. Her story earned well-deserved recognition in 1955, and certainly warrants another look today. She not only helped the union gain solid footing at Ward’s, she overcame gender and racial bias to do it. She is part of the long history of black members whose talent, dedication and vision helped create the strong, successful union we know today. It’s definitely a legacy worth celebrating.

Anonymous said...

Scores of Teamsters members were among the more than 200,000 people who participated in the historic march on Washington in 1963. Buses carrying Teamsters arrived from near and far, some driving through the night to join the activities on time. Locals 810 and 239 of New York, Local 875 of Flushing, New York, Local 20 of Toledo, Local 688 of St. Louis and Local 743 of Chicago were all noted in particular for outstanding participation.

Members attending described the event as “the greatest peaceable demonstration in the history of the nation.” Others reported feeling great pride in the union for its support of the civil rights movement