Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Colbert Report/ A Less Perfect Union

Rude Awakening

Mira Loma service center is up for a rude awakening, they are not adapting to FedEx Freight’s work policies. Hearing words from an inside source, that the Ax is out. It's been almost 30 days and they are still not picking up the pace.
For example, our late P & D dispatch doesn’t know California’s state law’s about meal periods. We have P & D drivers that have pickup accounts that required staying all day long loading. When their lunch comes up, they depart from their account on the wand for lunch and drive to a restaurant, and here is the uneducated dispatcher telling the drivers not to depart on wand from customer, but rather to log on lunch on wand at customer and drive to pickup their lunch and drive back to customers. They tell drivers that they are stealing company time by breaking off at customers. Are they fucking kidding me of the procedures, do they not understand that you cannot operate a machinery on your lunch hour, that is consider an interruption of your
meal period, what are the chances of an accident on off duty? You think dispatch or management will back them when they have an accident on their meal period, hell no!!
My advice to dispatch, be wise and follow the right procedures of FedEx Freight and not the National LTL way...
For the drivers that been violated of their meal period, here is the phone number of Attorney James Ashworth 707-738-4552

Meal periods

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What Do You Think?

Can somebody give their opinion on this subject, last Monday ( Feb 14 ) I started work at 4:00 am with 4 other drivers. We were told to run 5 sets from MRL TO FTA without CLC dispatch papers or without a wand. No indication of any logging of mileage,the OM from MRL said it would be under yard time, and the funny thing is the OM from Fontana didn't question why we brought trailers without documentation. Hmmm, could they be hiding something? My opinion is, there was violation of Federal D.O.T, Interstate Frt, or how about violation of T.S.A.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bread crumbs to the employees of fedex corp....

Bread crumbs to a true blue FedEx employee, but royal bread for the scab Purchase Transportation driver who has no shame in stealing your JOB... Why does our wonderful and Gracious Corporate always offer dock work to us loyal workers? or to move local shameless bread crumbs runs? Why not offer the dock work to the scabs sitting on their fat asses, always watching TV in our yard doing nothing but waiting to scab your work.
Fred smith you said at the shareholder meeting how could I offer work to our employees when we have little work to offer!! Fred really are you serious ? Shouldn't the little work be offer to your true loyal workers first? And then offer the overflow work to the SCABS?

PS to all, you could send this to

Joe Nuño.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thom's blog Two Paths: Bust Unions or Raise Taxes on the Wealthy?

While austerity measures are sweeping the nation - and Republican governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin are going after middle class workers to balance state budgets - Minnesota's Democratic Governor has a different idea. Instead of balancing budgets on the backs of working families - Governor Mark Dayton is proposing a 5% tax increase on the wealthiest people in Minnesota - or the top 5% of income earners in the state. What Governor Daytona sees is the same thing that most progressives see - the easiest solution to both state and federal budget deficits - raising taxes on the rich.

America collects fewer taxes by proportion than most of the industrialized world - and taxes are lower right now than at any other point in the last 50 years in this nation. It's not a coincidence that this drop off in taxes corresponds with massive levels of debt. It's simple - banksters got us into this mess because they had too much money in their pockets thanks to the Reagan and Bush tax cuts - and used the cash to speculate on Wall Street - which led to our economy crashing.

So the banksters - and not working families - should now have to make some sacrifices to get us out of the mess.


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Shareholders Meeting 2010 Part Two ...

Ray Mercado
FedEx Freight

Mr. Chairman, my name is Ray Mercado. I'm from
FedEx Freight out of California. I'm here [inaudible]
from all the dock workers, which — 90% are all parttimers
-- no benefits. They're only allowed to work 29
hours a week, and sometimes less hours. From a
dock worker point of view, I think we do most of the
[inaudible] work of the freight division because, if we
don't have dock workers, we can't load your trailers to
move the freight.
You keep saying that it's — you're making all this
money or these profits. We're not asking for millions,
we're just asking for simple benefits, a decent pension
so we can retire, have a decent life. It's a great
company, but working inside, I mean…

Frederick W. Smith
Chairman, President & CEO, FedEx Corp.

Is that your question?

Ray Mercado
FedEx Freight


Frederick W. Smith
Chairman, President & CEO, FedEx Corp.


William J. Logue
President & CEO, FedEx Freight

Yes, sir. Dock work is a very important part of our
business. And, obviously, our focus is on every
employee we have in the organization, whether it be a
driver -- road driver, city drivers and dock workers, full
time, part time.
The full-time opportunities is our number one
objective, try to make sure every employee gets a
chance to become a full-timer. You're factual right
now, in that part-time dock workers do not have fulltime
benefits. Our objective is hours and move them
into full-time jobs, whether it be full-time dock or fulltime
road drivers. That's our objective. We try to move
them through the process. And I will tell you we are
looking long term at a solution for our part-time dock
workers. And that is something we have discussed
with the team, and we will continue to look at it.

Ray Mercado
FedEx Freight

But it seems like it never works, but there's still a lot of
part-timers that have been here for five, ten years.
They're still part-timers and not even given an

William J. Logue
President & CEO, FedEx Freight

And, remember, when we get into part time dockers,
our objective is to move them to a full-time
opportunity, and that's what our goal is as the
business moves along.

Ray Mercado
FedEx Freight

What kind of opportunity you were talking about?

William J. Logue
President & CEO, FedEx Freight

Excuse me?

Ray Mercado
FedEx Freight

What kind of opportunity are we talking about?

William J. Logue
President & CEO, FedEx Freight

Opportunities we're looking for -- full-time jobs on the
road, city, dock or -- in the city, road or dock. We're…

Ray Mercado
FedEx Freight

What if they don't want to work the road or the city,
rather they're just happy where they're at, at the

William J. Logue
President & CEO, FedEx Freight

That's what we want. We believe…

Frederick W. Smith
Chairman, President & CEO, FedEx Corp.

I think you two should talk after the meeting. But let
me just say this, again, to the two FedEx Freight
employees that are here. The one thing, as much as
we would like to do perhaps that we cannot do, is to
produce work when we don't have it. And I again point
out the stark numbers of the LTL business. In 2007,
the LTL business was a $35 billion business; it
collapsed to $25 billion.
It is a very, very intense, competitive situation in the
LTL business, which was marked by one of the
competitors, Yellow Roadway -- I don't remember the
exact number, but I think it was over 10,000 people
that were had to let go. So, there's nothing that we
can do other than try to respond to that. And, as the
CEO of FedEx Freight told you, as the new plan
comes out and business grows, our objective is to try
to move our part-timers into full-time positions in
Other questions? Anything else? Well, with that,
ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for
coming to the meeting, and we look forward to seeing
you next year with some good results to report. Thank

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Organizing Meeting At Local 952

DATE: SUNDAY, Febuary 13,2011

TIME: 8:30-11:00 A.M.



Bring a co-worker to their first meeting or your spouse. The Merger is underway, like it or not setting equipment a fire is not the answer. Come learn what you and your co-workers can do.

Knowledge is POWER!

Billionaires' Coordinated Scheme to Ax Your Pay

James P. Hoffa.General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Posted: January 21, 2011 02:06 PM

The vast, corporate-funded campaign to weaken unions and lower wages of middle-class workers has reached into statehouses all over the country.

Last week in Maine, Rep. Tom Winsor requested that so-called "right-to-work" bills be drafted. So did Sen. Lois Snowe-Mello. In New Hampshire, Rep. Will Smith proposed a "right-to-work" law. Similar bills were also proposed in Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, West Virginia, and Missouri. I expect at least half a dozen more.

Working families need to fight like hell against these dangerous attacks on their wages, their benefits and their job security.

Research shows that most people don't know what these anti-union laws really do. That's intentional. You can be absolutely sure that a great deal of time and money was spent coming up with the misleading "right to work" name. It sounds like it prevents workers from being denied a job. That isn't what it does at all.

A so-called "right to work" law prohibits security clauses in union contracts. Security clauses require all workers who receive the benefit of a union contract and union representation to share the administrative costs for those services.

These "right to freeload" laws are on the books in low-wage states like Mississippi and South Carolina. That's not a coincidence. When union wages go down, workers' wages fall throughout the state.

A coordinated network of think tanks, business groups and phony grass-roots organizations has for years been working toward passing these right-to-work (for LESS) laws. Leading the charge is National Right to Work. The only right it defends is billionaires' right to their wealth. The anti-worker group attracts funding from the Mellon heirs, the Wal-Mart heirs and the Coors heirs.

Right-to-work bills are political payback for campaign contributions by corporations and billionaires. They are supported by false claims that they create jobs. What they have done in the states where they've been enacted is lower wages by an average of $5,333 a year. In right-to-work states:

•Fewer people have health insurance and the taxpayers pay substantially more to support the state's Medicaid program.

•The rate of workplace deaths is 51 percent higher.

•The poverty rate rises; it's 19.1 percent in right-to-work states, compared with 16.6 percent in other states.

Don't be fooled by the misleading propaganda created by billionaires and corporations for the politicians they've purchased. These proposals have nothing to do with the right to work. They're all about forcing people to work for less.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This will benefit you, common working man. We promise!

Why is our economy in the predicament that it's in today? High unemployment, sluggish growth...who's to blame? The unions, of course. The unions are the enemies of the working man. The working class must destroy unions for their own good.
Unions are the perfect scapegoat: an organization that benefits a relatively small number of actual members, which a mass of disgruntled outsiders can be easily convinced to blame for their own problems. (Immigrants are another good scapegoat!) Like the push to convince the public that our national debt is the fault of a few politicians' pet earmarks—expenditures that grab attention easily, but that make up a laughably small portion of the spending we actually need to cut—blaming unions for unemployment is a brilliant stroke of political jujitsu, because it appeals to the very people that would naturally be allies of organized labor: the working class. The New York Times today details the plans from (mostly Republican) governors across the nation to enact new laws that would kneecap public and even private sector unions, targeting both unions' bank accounts and their basic legal rights. For example:
Of all the new governors, John Kasich, Republican of Ohio, appears to be planning the most comprehensive assault against unions. He is proposing to take away the right of 14,000 state-financed child care and home care workers to unionize. He also wants to ban strikes by teachers, much the way some states bar strikes by the police and firefighters.
"If they want to strike, they should be fired," Mr. Kasich said in a speech. "They've got good jobs, they've got high pay, they get good benefits, a great retirement. What are they striking for?"
The funny thing is that the issues that teachers would be striking over would presumably be the ones that Kasich thinks makes their jobs so great: their eroding pay, benefits, and retirement. Except for politicians, who is served by firing a state's teachers en masse like so many Reagan-era air traffic controllers? It's the worst type of political bluster.
Public employees have jobs like everyone else. The right of workers to unionize should be a fundamental one. No one is claiming that unions are perfect; but if we're going to start destroying imperfect things, the statehouse would be a more beneficial place to start than the union hall. It's one thing to discourage firefighters from striking—something that could immediately lead to people's deaths. It's quite another to threaten to fire every teacher in Ohio because they used the means available to them to ask for better working conditions. It's not like they can depend on the good will of John Kasich to not screw them.
Want a perfect demonstration of how this anti-union stance gets packaged into talking points for public dissemination? Look no farther than William McGurn's op-ed in the WSJ today, in which he lays out the argument that public sector unions are responsible for the coming "class war." (In the same way that black people are responsible for playing the "race card," I guess.) Therefore it's up to their private sector union counterparts to undermine them! Dividing and conquering is easy:
By contrast, government unions use their political clout to elect those who set their pay: the politicians. In exchange, these unions are rewarded with contracts whose pension and health-care provisions now threaten many municipalities and states with bankruptcy. In response to the crisis, government unions demand more and higher taxes. Which of course makes people who have money less inclined to look to those states to make the investments that create jobs for, say, iron workers, electricians and construction workers.
Some of these folks are beginning to notice.
Hmm. So: municipalities and states that entered into pension and benefit agreements with their employees, and then, through horrifically poor financial planning combined with the overall collapse of the global economy due to Wall Street's insatiable appetite for handing out subprime loans, found themselves unable to honor those agreements. This means that public sector unions themselves—not the elected officials who fucked up the states' finances—are bad. Therefore, private sector union workers who are natural allies of public sector unions should turn against them, until they are destroyed. This will benefit you, common working man. We promise!