Friday, February 5, 2010

A Response To A Traitor. This Is 4u

To start off, I am truly sorry if you were offended by corrections to your grammar, perhaps you don’t even have a GED to utilize to properly use English? This is a PRO-UNION forum; I don’t understand how you could believe that anyone here would agree with you.

It is not in the cards for everyone to open up their own business. In fact that is possibly the worst suggestion I have ever heard, if everyone opened up their own business, who would be left to work? Besides completely lacking any use of logic, your challenge sounds like a regurgitation of something one would hear on FOX News, so your argument that union supporters do not think for themselves is rendered useless because you yourself cannot think for yourself.

On the subject of fact checking, maybe you should stop being lazy and do a little research yourself. This movement is not so that the hardworking FedEx employees can slack, which has been stated multiple times in this forum by both organizers and supporters (If you bothered to read the rest of this forum you would already know this, or perhaps comprehension, like grammar, is beyond you). This movement is so that the hardworking men and women of this wonderful company can retire with the benefits that they have earned. The trucking industry plays a vital role in the success in just about every other industry, without truck drivers, food, medicine, constructions supplies, cars, and just about every tangible good would not be able to get from “Point A” to “Point B”. So despite its lack of glamour, the average truck driver is one of the most important workers in America. But your rather closed minded self probably have not realized this because they don’t wear expensive suits like most “important” people.

Continuing on the topic of facts, I totally agree that supporters should do their own research; I wouldn’t want the union to turn into another propaganda machine such as FOX or nay-sayers of the union. In fact, here are a few facts that you might find interesting:

-As defined by the Teamsters’ Constitution, the purpose of the union is to
* Organize workers so that they have a voice in the workplace.
* Educate workers so that they know their workplace rights and can participate fully in our democratic society.
* Involve workers in the political process so that their issues are addressed.
* Negotiate and enforce contracts with employers so that each worker will be treated with dignity, justice and respect.

- According to the U.S Department of Labor:
-88 percent of union workers have job-related health coverage while only 69 percent of non-union workers do.
-More than two out of three union jobs offer a dental plan; only 44 percent of non-union workers receive dental coverage.
-More than half of all union jobs offer vision coverage; only about one-quarter of non-union jobs provide vision care.
-85 percent of union jobs offer prescription drug coverage; only 66 percent of non-union jobs provide prescription drug coverage.
-Union workers pay an average of 8 percent of the total monthly premium (employer pays 92 percent) for single coverage; non-union workers pay 20 percent. Union households pay an average of 12 percent of the monthly premium for family coverage while non-union families pay 32 percent.
-72 percent of union workers have a guaranteed defined-benefit pension compared to 15 percent of non-union workers.

Now I do believe this discredits your unsubstantiated assertion that there are no benefits of a union. In all actuality, unions are a benefit for everyone. The reality is that these employees are going to retire, whether they are unionized or not. Would you rather have a privatized organization and company take care of them or Medicaid and the millions of tax payers who are already burdened with the debts of corporate greed? I didn’t take you as someone who would be in favor of socialism.

As Abraham Lincoln stated, "All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms is treason. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other." So I ask you, where does your allegiance lie?



Joe Nuno said...

As stated everything has been defined and well said, I want to thank you C.H. We all can see that knowledge is power!!

Union_ONLY said...

Words from Liberty4s' post:

"It truly amazes me on how many English majors there are in the world. . . .everyone else was more concerned over where a period or question mark was placed."

A person who does not have the ability to articulate his thoughts deserves to be picked apart for his lack of grammatical skills. The only thing people can believe from that person is what they see and read. And they did.

When you come across like a brainwashed, rightwing idiot, you lose credibility. Moreover, when your diatribe is garbled and inconsistent in tense, number, and person, you lose even more credibility. And when your intent is to discourage people from making their lives better, you lose what little credibility you had left.

If you want an example of writing that will be discounted by every educated and hopeful person on this planet, just go back and read the poorly written screeds on your shitty little blog.

Now go invest your time studying in a grammar book rather than trying to protect multi-billion-dollar, global corporations from the evils of organized labor.

Joe Nuno said...

Let us think for a second, why is our economy still down? And why is unemployment still going up? The answer is consumers are not buying in America! Cause you have Corporatism like FedEx cutting labor down. Dockworkers in our industry are being cut to part time; dockworkers are not to work more than 5.5hrs per day and no fringe benefits are provided to this group of people. Our senior Line Drivers are also affected to the cuts, you have purchase transportation taking their work away and young rookies running their runs, while the senior Line Drivers shuttles and work the dock at a minimum time. That affects the lifestyle of these people, and when affect causes changes the working labor consumes less which causes a reaction in our economy. Shipping companies ship less, because consumers don’t buy! And other corporatism is also doing the same thing FedEx is doing. Think about it, people buy less because of financial reason, Homes being a 1st priority; a good provider makes sure that their families have a roof to live under, Food is a necessity; we all have to provide food for our families to survive and last is medical health services and that is if any funds are left to care for our families. Let us thank the greedy corporatism like FedEx and others in corporate America and also don’t forget the greedy bankers who support them, and last and all our U.S Chamber of Commerce of Harrison Arkansas (anti-union group). Remember unions help us to be middle class Americans, and as middle class Americans we keep our economy up and consume more so that American people keeps on working and makes America growing. Now the question is where do you want to be at? Low class America or middle class American, and the answer is in the middle class.

Paul Reibson said...

This is classic Fedex Management harassment. Fedex managers have tried this game for a long time. Mind control and harassing employees. As long as the managers make you think you are less than and worthless as employees the managers assume they have total control over you and you will obey them out of fear of losing your job because according to the managers you are not worthy of working anywhere supervisors who are queer to write employees up for ticky tack offenses. Which is a complete joke. Ignore the mind control ladies and gentlemen.

Anonymous said...

"...the managers assume they have total control over you and you will obey them out of fear of losing your job because according to the managers you are not worthy of working anywhere else."

I promise right here and now that the first manager that pulls this crap on me is going to get a broken jaw. I was looking for a job when I got this one.


As a 16 year FedEx employee, and an ex UPS employee (13 years) I can tell you FedEx does not need a union. UPS is using the Teamster Union as thier chumps in this drive.....there has never been a bigger, more illegal collaboration in American business. UPS has a union because it is one of the most unfair, nasty, disrespectful places to work. Viscious managment practices, and very aggressive tactics to get production. Nothing wrong with wanting your $$$ worth, but these people have been exposed in the past as one of the most unfavorable places to work. FedEx, on the other hand, has repeatedly risen to the top as a leader in the industry, and one of the top favorable places to work. The UPS/Teamster collaboration against FedEx has gone on for over 20 years. UPS is a cash-rich company, and they will bribe, swindle, and influence anyway they can. By trying to convince the younger FedEx employees that "things will get better" with Union representation is a falsehood. All UPS wants to do is cripple FedEx, anyway they can, and become the ruling giant of the delivery business they ONCE WERE.

Johnny chingas said...

Attention Liberty4u: Who was to blame for AIG, Enron, Banks and other "non union" Company failures? All Companies are Management run, not Union run, face the facts and stop trying to blame Unions for Management failure.

Anonymous said...

Dear Fedex Freight Manager Andy Lessin,
Take care of your full time employees. Us guys at the bottom are starving! Ive been here for years and it is tough to pay my bills when im only working 10 - 15 hrs a week. Im behind on all bills. My credit score has dropped over 100 points.