Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

From The FedEx Watch Dogs
Thanks to all of you who have come to believe that organizing this company is the right thing to do.

Like Pat Reed said last week, “have faith in our future...” And I agree. Have faith in our future,as Teamsters!

Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Unity Speech May 3,2009


Good afternoon Brothers and Sisters of the Teamsters,
My name is Rudy Hernandez. Three years ago, Joe Nuno and I, along with a group of fellow employees started the Change FedEx to Win campaign.
Since we have started our campaign, we have witnessed firsthand how FedEx has harassed and intimidated pro-union employees. Between wrongful terminations and illegal anti-union meetings, it has become apparent that the FedEx management will stop at nothing to keep the union out of FedEx Freight.

This earnest attempt to keep the union out of FedEx Freight raises the question, why does this multi-billion dollar company so strongly oppose the Union.

The answer: corporate greed

FedEx has unfortunately fallen into the ever-so-popular corporate trend of the greed and carelessness which has brought the middle class to its current turmoil.
Just last month an office employee with 23 years of service lost her job. She was not offered another position with the company and with no real seniority in place she was out the door.

We are not seeking to hurt the rather deep pockets of Mr. Smith and we are not demanding ridiculous hikes in wages and healthcare benefits. We are faced with tough times and we realize that when the time comes for our union rep. to sit down with this company, it will be a bit of give and take on both sides.

All we are asking for is an opportunity to sit down and negotiate a fair and just contract in exchange for the years of dedication to this company.
Just as the employees of this company have come together to help a fellow uninsured part time dockworker pay for his medical bills, I ask, on behalf of the unrepresented FedEx employees, for your full support to help organize FedEx Freight.

Thank you for your time tonight, I hope you all have a great night.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Corporate Terrorism, Misinformed Driver, Union Buster?

Terrorism:the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

This is a comment sent to the blog on Nov. 13,2009. If this is really a driver from the Phoenix area and really believes in what he says, then why not leave a name?

Anonymous said...

"United We Bargain! Divided We Beg". What a crock of horse dung that is!

It never ceases to amaze me how people fall for the crap the union tells them. How come you never see the union trying to organize the small mom and pop trucking companies? Becaue there is no money in it!

You think things are bad now? Just wait until the union takes over! Your Union "Brothers and Sisters" will make you think they love you. They don't. They just want your money so they can give it away to political candidates or organizations you may disagree with. You think the Union bosses don't play the same political games as the corporate heads? Wake up!

Have any of you even attempted to use the open door policy to get resolution to your problems? And I mean used it? Gone all the way up the ladder, or are you all a bunch of wimps just hiding behind the coat tails of a bully/ thug (union) to get your way? And who says you need to PAY the union to do this for you? If there are so many of you to fill a union hall, why not stage your own walk out (without the unions help?). Talk is cheap, action in the light of day is more expensive.

But then again, if you're so damn miserable at Fedex why don't you leave and go work for the financially troubled YRC,or ABF, or any of the other big Teamster companies...oh wait.... there aren't any. Hmmmm, what does that tell you! IBOT(sounds a lot like ROBOT) doesn't care a rats ass about you. All they want is your money.

They will tell you anything you want to hear, but never put it in writing. Promises made mean nothing unless they are in writing and can be enforced.

Back in the day, the union was useful. Today, they are just another corporate entity only worried about their self preservation. Ask how much the union bosses get paid while YOU walk a picket line. It sure as hell isn't anywhere near what the measly strike pay is that you'll have to feed your family on and pay your mortgage with!

Elections have consequences. Voting the union in may feel good in the beginning, but sooner or later you'll realize the HUGE mistake you made and you won't be able to change it without a massive legal effort. Ask the older drivers from OVERNITE about their struggle to RID THEMSELVES of the union.

Buyer beware! A fool and his money are easily parted.

This has been just a little advice from a former So Cal Viking now FedEx P&D driver who has been all over the system but is now in Phoenix.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bare Knuckles Was There


Large turnout. Very impressed. Motivational speakers. True Teamster support and pride in that room. Standing room only. Should have been an even larger turnout in my opinion. As the cheers and whistles and roars rang through the room, I couldn't help but notice the eyes of the dozens of FDXF drivers who spanned the room while true Teamsters were showing their support. You could see that they were inspired. I know this wasn't the first meeting but it was the first one that I witnessed. But from what I understand, it was the first one that was visited by heavy hitters from the IBT, who were there to assure the attendees, that they were about to kick off a campaign that was fully supported by not only the rank and file but national officers from the IBT it's self. I know that more drivers and dock workers would like to attend these meetings but they are concerned about retribution. I am here to say that Fed-Ex is not going to terminate anyone for bogus reasons, at this point. With all the negative press that Fred Smith has managed to cloud his empire with, it would be extremely foolish. They are in the spotlight for labor law violations, disputes with UPS over labor law classification. Threatening Boeing and members of Congress if Fred doesn't get his way with legislation that Fred doesn't agree with. Class action litigation involving it's employees etc. etc. DO YOU THINK FDXF NEEDS MORE LEGAL PROBLEMS, OR BAD PRESS??? Come on people, let's spill out into the parking lot next meeting and force the local to rent out a bigger facility for the next event, so all voices can be heard. Now is the time to show up in force. I met Joe and Rudy as well as several of the other guys. Their intentions are pure. They understand what this industries intentions are. They understand that without Teamster representation, their futures will on the short end of the tire thumper. Your brother always, BK.


Thursday, November 5, 2009


This Sunday’s meeting at 952 in Orange Ca. is an opportunity for all Southern Cal. FedEx employees to stand up and be counted. Let the IBT know that the time is now! That we need their help to make this company one of the strongest unionized company in the United States.

The organizers that are at your local terminals have brought us all to this moment. Now it’s up to the rest of us to take charge and ownership of this campaign!

It’s time to stop being cheerleaders and time for us all to be LEADERS!