Friday, August 28, 2009

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teamsters Mourn Passing of Ted Kennedy

August 26, 2009

The thoughts and prayers of 1.4 million Teamsters are with the Kennedy family today as the nation mourns the passing of one of the most influential lawmakers in American history.

“Ted Kennedy will stand as an inspiration to generations of Americans as a progressive icon. It’s rare for someone born into such privilege to be so concerned about the plight of working people, but Kennedy was such a person,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President.

Sen. Ted Kennedy attends a Teamster demonstration led by then-director of the Teamsters Safety and Health Department, R.V. Durham, on truck cab safety problems in 1978.

Kennedy was one of a few lawmakers always willing to tackle the truly difficult issues head on. His combination of political savvy, intelligence and empathy allowed him to effect more change in this country than even presidents can hope to accomplish.

Upon his death, Kennedy was chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Kennedy left an indelible mark on many aspects of American life. He championed progressive legislation on labor, health care, education, civil rights, immigration, welfare and many others. A common theme among his pet issues was to ensure that all Americans have the chance to live and work with dignity.

“Despite the long shadows of tragedy that hung over his life, Ted never allowed that to cloud his vision of a better America,” Hoffa said. “He cared deeply about the issues of working Americans, and his most cherished soapbox was health care reform.

“Kennedy’s willingness to reach across the political divide to find common ground with his opponents should be an inspiration to lawmakers struggling with health care reform today,”

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FedEx Helps Advance Organizing Drive Move Forward

Hugo was asked to take a turn from San Bernardino to Gardena and back. He is a driver from our Gardena terminal. He had already been on the clock for 8 hours, including lunch.

When asked to go, he told Alex, a supervisor from SBO that he was very tired and if they were going to send him back to his domicile, he would take the trailers that clc wanted him to move to Gardena, but that he was fatigue and did not want to return to SBO.

So Alex said he would be back to check on what clc wanted to do. When he returned, he asked Hugo for his tractor keys and said the he was done. Hugo asked Alex what he was to do about getting back to his domicile in Gardena. Alex told Hugo that “he was on his own”!

So Hugo had to call his son at 3 o’clock in the morning to pick him up!
Now this company preaches that, as drivers we need to be fit, alert and ready to go. “Safety First.” Right! Here you have an employee with many years of service and explained that he was fatigued after a long night on the dock. He was not disrespectful to his superior and was up front on how he was feeling “safety first”.

Now you have someone hundreds of miles away making a decision on someone’s safety and well being. Someone who most likely is just sitting on his ass, maybe someone who has never worked the dock before and whose hardest decisions at work is to decide “do I want sugar & cream, in my latte?”

If this is not a good example of why we need to "FORM" a union here at FedEx, then all of you who say "No" deserve what this company will do to you!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dear President Obama: A Modest Medicare Proposal

Dear President Obama,

I understand you're thinking of dumping your "public option" because of all the demagoguery by Sarah Palin and Dick Armey and Newt Gingrich and their crowd on right-wing radio and Fox. Fine. Good idea, in fact.

Instead, let's make it simple. Please let us buy into Medicare.

It would be so easy. You don't have to reinvent the wheel with this so-called "public option" that's a whole new program from the ground up. Medicare already exists. It works. Some people will like it, others won't - just like the Post Office versus FedEx analogy you're so comfortable with.

Just pass a simple bill - it could probably be just a few lines, like when Medicare was expanded to include disabled people - that says that any American citizen can buy into the program at a rate to be set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which reflects the actual cost for us to buy into it.

So it's revenue neutral!

To make it available to people of low income, raise the rates slightly for all currently non-eligible people (like me - under 65) to cover the cost of below-200%-of-poverty people. Revenue neutral again.

Most of us will do damn near anything to get out from under the thumbs of the multi-millionaire CEOs who are running our current insurance programs. Sign me up!

This lets you blow up all the rumors about death panels and grandma and everything else: everybody knows what Medicare is. Those who scorn it can go with Blue Cross. Those who like it can buy into it. Simplicity itself.

Of course, we'd like a few fixes, like letting Medicare negotiate drug prices and filling some of the holes Republicans and AARP and the big insurance lobbyists have drilled into Medicare so people have to buy "supplemental" insurance, but that can wait for the second round. Let's get this done first.

Simple stuff. Medicare for anybody who wants it. Private health insurance for those who don't. Easy message. Even Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley can understand it. Sarah Palin can buy into it, or ignore it. No death panels, no granny plugs, nothing. Just a few sentences.

Replace the "you must be disabled or 65" with "here's what it'll cost if you want to buy in, and here's the sliding scale of subsidies we'll give you if you're poor, paid for by everybody else who's buying in." (You could roll back the Reagan tax cuts and make it all free, but that's another rant.)

We elected you because we expected you to have the courage of your convictions. Here's how. Not the "single payer Medicare for all" that many of us would prefer, but a simple, "Medicare for anybody who wants to buy in."


Thom Hartmann

Friday, August 14, 2009

United We Bargain Divided We Beg

Comment from

Listen to the WISDOM of Rudedog, he is showing you the right path to a solution to get up and stand up for your rights, let your voice be heard, form and organize a union together. See the KNOWLEDGE of what a union can do for you and others, with education of our labor rights we are able to show others and open up their eyes. Once you attained the KNOWLEDGE of unionism you can sit in the round table and help negotiate a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Now when you really UNDERSTAND what a union can DO you have the power to take control and DO the right thing using your Laws, and that law as I UNDERSTAND is the U.S Constitution, the Law of the land to form a union...Now if you don't UNDERSTAND the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE here then you will always be WONDERING why, what if, what can I do now, but how?. You will always be trapped in dead zone, with no future, always from the neck down.

Joe Nuno

Friday, August 7, 2009

Doug The Union Buster

This morning's meeting in SBO included 2 DVDs with corporate leaders. In one segment Doug Duncan mentioned that ' unions are attempting to hurt FedEx and they are changing the rules, to make this happen. He also said, ' FedEx doesn't want to deal with a 3rd party.'

So with these statements when he says, “FedEx doesn't want to deal with a third party”. Who is the 3rd party? Most likely Doug means the “Union”.

Websters Dictionary definition of 'Union' is:
“An organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer.”

So when Douglas says, FredEx doesn't want to deal with a 3rd party' & the Union wants to hurt FedEx. He means Fredex doesn't want to deal with you fdx employee! And you want to hurt the company!

Now who's hostile and disengaged?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Organizing Meeting At Local 952

There will be a meeting this month

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2009

Time: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Place: Teamster Local 952
140 S. Marks Way,Orange Ca.92868

Be A Part Of Forming A Union At Your Terminal

Sunday, August 2, 2009

FedEx Ground Drivers Win Group Status in Eight States (Update1)

By Laurence Viele Davidson

July 28 (Bloomberg) -- FedEx Corp. must face more state class-action lawsuits by contract drivers who claim they deserve benefits because the company treats them as full-time workers by mandating their clothing, hours and prices, a judge said.

U.S. District Judge Robert Miller in South Bend, Indiana, yesterday granted drivers’ request to sue as groups on behalf of workers in Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, Utah, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina and Oregon. In the same ruling, Miller denied similar requests by drivers in Colorado, Connecticut and Vermont as well as claims that some of the lawsuits should cover all such FedEx drivers in the U.S.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tracking the freight? Warning!

While the meetings in California rage onward with some progress made, a small issue will bring HUGE attention to the employees. Some of the Lordsburg, NM drivers were tracked by GPS and written up, and all the others were warned with a notice attached to their pay checks.
Two of the drivers allegedly stopped for more than 10 minutes for their break acording to management.


We all were told that the GPS is for tracking the customers freight, nothing more. As you can see these guys in corporate have no problem using the GPS against you. Why do you think that management would lie so blatantly?

These are heartless puppets who can care less about you or your safety. they speak of safety, but when it comes down to it, they would much rather write you up

Management if you have not figured it out YALL all are pathetic..

Fed Up Fred From The "" website