Monday, September 28, 2009

Second Week of the FedEx Organizing Campaign

Teamsters Canada's organizing team is beginning its second week of the FedEx organizing campaign.

It began on September 14 at twenty terminals of the small parcel delivery company.

"The organizing team has put together an efficient, professional campaign and I congratulate them on their excellent

work," said Michael Crawford, Teamsters Canada's organizing director. "We are starting the second part of this operation with confidence."

The and websites had hundreds of visitors during the first few days of the campaign, a clear sign that the FedEx workers want to learn more about the benefits the Teamsters Union has to offer them.

This week the two websites feature answers to questions frequently asked by future members, such as how the Teamsters Union can protect what workers have already acquired and about the union dues.

In addition, Teamsters Canada has launched a Facebook group called "FedEx Teamsters Canada" to keep workers abreast of the latest developments—in real time.

"The tools are in place, the organizers are talking with the future members of this great union and the response from workers has been excellent," added Mike Crawford. "FedEx workers are going to discover that the Teamsters Union doesn't just talk. We deliver too!"

The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.


St├ęphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada

Our Time Is Coming Soon People And The Company Will Be Starting Their Anti-Union Campaign Also! Check Your Mail Boxes !!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Roadway Management Violates Contract

I had a conversation with a Roadway driver and the topic of PT drivers at their terminal lately. He said that the employees (the union) there found out that the company was using outside drivers to do local deliveries in the low desert. Some dockworkers (the union) noticed that freight was loaded for one Roadway driver and the overflow was given to the outside carrier, cutting about three company drivers (union drivers).
This was a violation of their contract so a grievance was filed and the employee's (the union) prevailed!
Roadway had to recall furlough drivers and had to pay the drivers who lost work because of the outside carriers. Six weeks of pay per driver who were affected by Roadway’s mismanagement.

You see that this just doesn’t happen at FedEx only, it happens everywhere. But with a union in the workplace employees can come together and right the wrong that a company does to its employee’s. That is why this petition is so important to sign. Under the NRLB what FedEx is doing is undermining the work force during a known organizing campaign which is a “Violation” The amount of outside carriers coming into SBO alone has increased.



The Petition Click Here

Thursday, September 17, 2009

FedEx Says 'No' to Union Busting

Submitted by teamstersadmin on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 12:10.

In a surprising change from the standard practice of their U.S.-based parent company, FedEx Canada President David Binks has acknowledged FedEx workers right to join the Teamsters Union in Canada.

In a September 15, 2009 memo to FedEx Express Canada employees he promises there will be no “threats or reprisals” against employees who choose to sign a Teamsters Union card.

Assuming President Binks means what he says….this is a huge victory for Canadian FedEx workers at this early stage of the Teamsters organizing campaign. Now everyone at FedEx Canada can feel free to sign a union card without the usual intimidation and scare tactics companies routinely use to block organizing campaigns south of the border.

But just in case this sounds too good to be true you can help us keep FedEx honest in Canada by reporting any threats, intimidation or other anti-union activities by visiting the our File a Complaint section.

A Better Deal For FedEx

Click here to read Mr. Binks memo

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Here's My Spin Russ Of SBO

Negotiations between the Office staff and Teamsters are over now. The Office staff employee’s have accepted a new 5 year contract, 117 yes to 1 no.

If this was a perfect world we would have not started this organizing drive 3 years ago. Times are hard these days all over the U.S., but at least the office staff is able to bargain and negotiate a fair contract that even the opposite side can agree on.

What bargaining power or options do you have Road Driver, Local Driver, Dockworker or even Office employee of FedEx Freight ?

Or should I say “at-will” employee? Don’t you wish you could have the bargaining power to negotiate a fair contract? To keep your seniority and job title intact? Keep your full time status? And still have medical benefits?

You can! Get involved in “Forming” a union at your terminal now!
What we lose today, we’ll have to negotiate back tomorrow!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Management has been saying that only 4% of our shipments go to Purchase Transports which is less then what Union carriers uses. Which they say that under the "Master Freight Contract" is 25%.
This is once again misinformation to keep you from knowing the truth. So here is what the contract says:

Pages 42 and 43 talk about limits on Purchase transportion. Which is used when all possible work is covered by company Members First.

For the rest of 2009: 4.5%

For the calender years 2010: 6.5%
2011: 7.0%
and 2012: 9%

So Beware of the Wizards of FedEx !

Friday, September 4, 2009

P.T. Scabbing At FedEx Freight

All P.T carriers are scabbing your work, what are you going to do about it? Sit there and surrender your Rights and Power, or decide to built your committee and arrange meetings at your nearest Teamster local. All I know we the P & D drivers pick up freight for you linehaul drivers to work and not for those Scab interline carriers.Don't give Corporate the glory of them screwing you guys out of work. Corporate see that no one is going to do anything about it, so why not fight with us 35% of employees for Unionism. Don't let management like Santiago Rios Jr state that it is cheaper to hired outside carriers than union drivers. If I was there that day I would push those other drivers who heard Jr.Rios to file a NRLB charge against FedEx Corporate for allowing Jr. Rios to act as agent for the company and admitting that cutting linehaul work to P.T SCABS is becase of Union activities. Now that is a Federal violation of the NRLA, is an act of retalation of the company because of our union activities.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

YRC Worldwide secures key $950M credit amendment

NEW YORK (AP) -- YRC Worldwide Inc. said Monday it has amended a $950 million credit agreement with lenders, another critical step in the company's struggle to avoid a possible bankruptcy filing.

The news sent shares soaring in aftermarket trading. The stock gained 33 cents, or 14.8 percent, to $2.56. It lost 14 cents, or 5.9 percent, in the regular session to close at $2.23.

The company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that JPMorgan Chase Bank, among other lenders, will continue to provide YRC with a $950 million senior revolving credit facility, including portions available for borrowing and for letters of credit, and a senior term loan of about $111.5 million.

The credit agreement amendment suspends the requirement that the company maintain liquidity of $100 million at all times.

The company has amended other credit agreements, sold real estate, cut thousands of jobs and trimmed wages among existing workers to stay afloat.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


August 31, 2009

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters today asked shareholders of FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) to support the union’s proposal for an independent board chairman at FedEx’s upcoming annual meeting.

In a letter to shareholders, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel said that Frederick W. Smith’s dual role as chairman and chief executive of FedEx has resulted in a CEO-dominated board incapable of providing the rigorous, independent oversight of management that investors require. FedEx’s annual meeting will be September 28 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“FedEx’s lack of independent board leadership, compromised board independence and effectiveness, chronic poor performance, excessive executive pay, and questionable business strategies underscore the urgent need for an independent chairman to lead FedEx’s board in holding management accountable and providing strategic oversight and guidance,” Keegel said.

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