Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

At this morning pre shift in SBO, a concern about early appointments on routes were brought up. One idea was to make them later in the day, 5pm or later.I suggested that
on days that have heavy appointments, that there should be a route with just appts run out to the low desert.

The next thing out of Russ's pie hole was, " if your name was on the side of the truck, we'll run it that way". I told him it was only a suggestion?

Now I know Russ doesn't agree with my organizing, but to come off so smug and arrogant, in front of a dozen drivers only goes to show you all why I put "RESPECT" and "DIGINTY" signs on my car every day!

Happy Halloween Russ! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Standing Together

Standing Together

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on
October 12, 2011

Jobs are coming back from China, Mexico and Japan: Thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs, all at the Ford Motor Co.
Last week, the United Auto Workers and Ford negotiated a tentative agreement that will bring 5,750 UAW jobs back from overseas, in addition to the 6,250 jobs previously announced by the company.

Those 12,000 jobs will throw off another 108,000 jobs for suppliers and other businesses because of the multiplier effect of the automotive industry. And that's not even counting the 6,400 new U.S. jobs at GM the union negotiated a few weeks ago.

These jobs aren't the result of tax cuts or getting rid of regulations. These jobs are the result of a union and an employer sitting down at the table and talking.
Collective bargaining works.

Collective bargaining rights make a decent, middle-class life possible for millions of U.S. workers. But many corporations and elected officials are hell-bent on taking them away. And it isn't just organized labor they're attacking.

A war is being waged against American workers. The economic survival they once took for granted is less and less certain. The dangers of plant closures, unemployment, indebtedness and medical catastrophe loom closer even as our standard of living slowly erodes.

Workers have always had to stand together and fight for a fair wage, health benefits and retirement with dignity. And that's why labor unions fit right in with the protesters who are occupying Wall Street and dozens of other cities. Union members have always fought for the people in the street.

My friend Bob King, UAW president, likes to tell the story of how his union staged one of the first occupations ever — Occupy Flint. It's the story of the Flint sit-down strike.

On the night of Dec. 30, 1936, GM workers stopped the loading of dies to be shipped from the Fisher Body Plant to plants with weaker unions. They locked themselves in the plant and sat down for six weeks. They faced down the police, the National Guard and the company. Like the Occupy Wall Street protesters, they were fed by supporters who donated food. Like the Occupy Wall Street protesters, they formed a community, assigning groups to guard, clean, gather news and handle food. Some played musical instruments.

By Feb. 11, they negotiated a deal with GM, winning collective bargaining rights in 17 plants, a 5 percent wage hike and the right to speak in the lunch room. It was the birth of the UAW.

As Bob will tell you, those workers took militant, nonviolent, direct action against the most powerful corporation in the world. Everybody said they would lose. But they stood together. They took thoughtful, strategic, direct action. They won an overwhelming victory. And the UAW and the Teamsters went on to build the middle class throughout the industrial heartland.

Today, the 99 percent are taking militant, nonviolent direct action in Lower Manhattan. They're camped out in front of Los Angeles City Hall and the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and in Boston's Financial District. They'll be in downtown Detroit on Friday. They're a long way from an overwhelming victory. But so were those UAW workers when they first locked the doors in Flint

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FedEx Is A Self Insured Company

This means that they pay for their own medical claims. there are two kinds of self insured groups:
fully self insured and partially self insured.

Fully self insured groups pay for all their claims and processing. the only thing the insurance company does is the clerical work for the employer such as answering claims questions. partially self insured is the same as fully self insured groups but there are some things that insurance company takes over on the claims and processing. Fully self insured groups are more independent versus fully insured groups. Me being an employee at a health insurance company can tell you first hand that the self insured groups are more strict because they can implement their own restrictions/exclusions on what we pay on the plans. So if a member was to call me today and say she got a bill for something that she could have prevented, generally with fully insured groups we can say that we will make an exception and educate the member on what to do to prevent it from happening again. With self insured groups I would actually have to consult w/ the groups health benefits administrator to get the OK to adjust any claims because they are paying for the claims not the plan.... hope this helps.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

FedEx Freight Announces Part Time Employee Benefits

Management have announced that FedEx will be providing medical to their part time employees in 2013.

When asked why not start this program in 2012? And they have no answer?

A lot of new medical. Program are to start in 2013 because of Obama Care. Which is most likely a mandate, that companies most do.

So really, FedEx is not doing this from the kindness of their heart. Its going to be the Law!

Change Conway To Win

Conway employees are now organizing and have a new blog:

Please feel free to visit the blog and give them your support!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Conway Freight

As of today 10/4/11…I was given the green light to let everybody know here at Change FedEx To Win
, That Conway Freight has started an organizing drive with the Teamsters.

Our prayers and best wishes on your organizing drive!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

General Meeting

This is a General Meeting for Members and Non Members. On The Functions Of A Local And To Ask Questions:

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

Date: Oct. 9, 2011

Time: 8:30 am

This is "NOT" a Committee Meeting.

FedEx CEO's Total Pay Falls 2 Pct. in Fiscal ' 11

FedEx’s CEO’s compensation fell 2 percent in 2011 , mostly because his perks were worth less than in 2010 , an Associated Press calculation shows.

Fred Smith , who also is the company’s chairman and president, received compensation valued at $7.3 million for the fiscal year that ended in May, down from $7.4 million in fiscal 2010 , according to a filing the company made Friday, July 22 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Smith’s salary rose 4 percent to $1.2 million, and the value of his stock options rose less than 2 percent to $5.2 million, the biggest chunk of his compensation. But his performance-based cash bonus fell 6 percent to $375 ,000 , and his other compensation slid 37 percent to $428 ,061 .

His perks already had dropped almost by half between 2009 and 2010 . In 2011 , they included retirement plan contributions, tax reimbursements, jet travel, use of a company car, security services, tax preparation services, financial counseling and insurance premiums.
FedEx Corp . said its 2011 net income rose 23 percent to $1.45 billion for the year, while its revenue grew 13 percent to $39.3 billion. The Associated Press formula calculates an executive’s total compensation during the last fiscal year by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year.

The AP formula does not count changes in the present value of pension benefits. That makes the AP total slightly different in most cases from the total reported by companies to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

– The Associated Press