Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Reflections

Memorial Day is a good time to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans and the U.S. military men and women. The American military is, has always been and will always recruit the best and finest of the crop of young men and women of the country and we will continue to shower them with appreciation, support and prayers, as we have always done. Memorial Day is just an opportunity for us to express the special places they have in the hearts of American citizens and more by honoring the people who work in the various branches of the military.

The horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001, has stirred all and reawakened the spirit of patriotism in all hearts and unity and oneness binds all Americans in a special bond. The words 'United We Stand' and 'God Bless America' still hold the power to stir out hearts on this very special day. Let the feelings of true patriotism and love for all those who have risked their lives for the sake of America show by putting up American flags in front of your houses, have parties with patriotic themes to honor military and ex-military men and women in your neighborhood and community. It is a good idea to coax them into telling more about their experiences with the military and on the warfront and you may get an opportunity to hear some exceptional real tales that you may have not even imagined about.(

Change FedEx To Win would like to wish all military men and women, who have served and/or continue to serve, a heart felt "Thank You" for protecting our country. And to the families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and have lost a loved one in to a war, May God bless you all!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

YRC Freight to Hire 200 Truck Drivers

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 16, 2012 1:28PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Higher freight demand spurs recruiting drive for over-the-road jobs

Trucking giant YRC Freight is hiring 200 truck drivers in more than 10 cities across the U.S. as less-than-truckload freight demand increases at the struggling carrier.

“YRC Freight is growing and our volumes are building,” said Jeff Rogers, president of YRC Freight. Tons per day were up 3.5 percent in the first quarter at YRC Freight.

Parent company YRC Worldwide attributed the volume gains at the nationwide long-haul LTL carrier to a “moderately improving economic environment.”

The new jobs will be Teamster union jobs. YRC Freight, the largest unionized LTL carrier, saw salary, wage and benefit costs rise 5.1 percent in the first quarter.

The carrier said it recruits from more than 100 driver training schools across the U.S. and offers training for new employees in city driving and other skills.

The carrier reported a $56.1 million operating loss for the quarter, which saw YRC Freight restructure its terminal network to reduce handling and speed shipments.

The restructuring, approved by the Teamsters union, eliminated road domiciles, shifting drivers from end-of-the-line terminals to hubs, the company said.

Rogers and James Welch, CEO of $4.9 billion YRC Worldwide, are working to rebuild YRC Freight after deep losses and the merger of Yellow and Roadway in 2009.

YRC Freight lost $88.5 million in 2011, compared with $170.3 million in 2010. The nationwide carrier increased operating revenue 11 percent to $3.2 billion.

The company is hiring drivers in Albuquerque, N.M.; Akron, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Buffalo and Maybrook, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Jackson, Miss.; Kansas City, Mo.; North Indianapolis, Ind.; St. Paul, Minn; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Can You Please Show Us Anti Union Tatics Part Two



What is a union buster?  A union buster is a firm or individual hired by an employer to thwart a union organizing drive by employees.


Why do Companies hire union busters? One simple word . . . control. With a Union, employers lose the ability to totally control the workforce, since employees collectively gain rights with a union.


Why don't we hear about the union buster?  This is one of the ways a union buster operates - behind the scenes. If you  get letters signed by management that imply bad things happening with a union, you can bet that letter was written by a union buster.


How does the union buster operate?  A union buster seeks to achieve two things: One, to create a sense of dissention and division among employees during an organizing campaign; and, two, to spread the greatest amount of misinformation about the union possible.


During EVERY Union campaign, beware of the fact that your Employer DIRECTED BY THEIR UNION-BUSTERS will try everything in their power to deceive you in their attempts to keep control. In principle, no employer wants to give up control to its employees. That is why employers will use every tool at their disposal. They'll use letters, rumors, threats, phony committees, captive audience meetings, special perks, videos, fear, scare tactics, lies about corruption and anything else they can think of to convince you to vote no or not sign a card.


These methods are contained in standard propaganda packages developed and sold by highly paid professional "union-busting" consultants (paid approximately $1,000 - $1,500 a day plus expenses).


They are designed to confuse workers into thinking that they don't want or need a Union. Don't allow some highly paid "consultant", sometimes disguised as Human Resource Personnel to tell you how to think. Don't be distracted - even by a small group of employees who may be misled by management and are campaigning against you and your right to form a Union.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Change Conway To Win: Safety Comes With Experience

Change Conway To Win: Safety Comes With Experience: Over 20 employees have been fired at the San Bernardino, CA terminal for safety violations. Violations that include things like driving in ...

Can you please show us anti union tactics Part 1

⁠Ask Away⁠

I understand that fedex is using some illegal tactics. I would like to know what they are if they use it at my station. Do you have any information on the subject.

Watch Dogs Response:

FedEx appears to be using some standard material at some locations. Here is some information on union-busting that I pulled off the internet.



Union busting is a practice, considered by some to be unethical, undertaken by an employer when employees are attempting to join a union. It is the process which some employers may use to prevent their employees from joining a labor union. Another form of union busting is firing an already organized workforce and hiring non-union labor.


During a union busting operation, usually a highly paid Labor Relations consultant or a "union buster" as they are informally called, is brought in during a union organizing drive to try and convince workers not to join the union.


Union busting tactics

The following tactics are sometimes used:


Supervisors and managers can deliver letters, speeches, and informal chats, sometimes prepared by a union-buster.


Employees may be asked to attend one-on-one discussions, group meetings, or lectures about the union, during which they will be paid. Employers must be careful not to intimidate their employees, because employees can appeal to the Teamsters, usually resulting in charges and penalties being upheld against the company, and in some cases resulting in the employer being automatically required to recognize the union as the bargaining unit representing employees. At these meetings, employers discuss the negative aspects of a union and try to convince employees not to join.


In some cases, supervisors and managers will walk the floors more frequently and arrange impromptu chats and meetings to find out what their workers are up to. However, this can also be interpreted as intimidation and can get the employer in trouble.


The union-busters may prepare many letters to be signed by administrators, employees, and well-liked supervisors and managers. They may express appreciation for what the employees have done for the company, admit having made mistakes in the past and express an intention to do a better job in the future. They may also paint an ugly picture of the union or suggest that the union is hiding something. Lying to employees however, is strictly forbidden.


To convince employees that they don't need a union to obtain improvements, a company may provide unexpected increases in wages or benefits, although they cannot condition said benefits or wages on union participation or threaten wage cuts.


In extreme cases the union-buster may direct management to play one group of employees against another to generate disunity (e.g. "disloyal" union supporters versus "loyal" union opponents, one department against another, etc.). This would likely result in harsh penalties for the company.

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Dialing, 112" can save our wives, our daughthers or anyone like you

"Dialing, 112" can save our wives, our daughthers or anyone like you.Posted: 03 May 2012 07:03 PM PDT

Some knew about the red light on cars, but not Dialing 112. It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren's parents have always told her to never pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc.
Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called, 112 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren't, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.
Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes. I never knew about the 112 Cell Phone feature. I tried it on my AT&T phone & it said, "Dialing Emergency Number." Especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going on to a safe place.
*Speaking to a service representative at Bell Mobility confirmed that 112 was a direct link to State trooper info. So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about "Dialing, 112"
You may want to send this to every Man, Woman & Youngster you know; it may well save a life.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Former Corporate Employee Commentary

Former Corporate Employee Commentary

Ask Away

I wish to preface this email, and will not disclose any FedEx secrets from being in a position of "trust", this is MY PERSONAL OPINION of my discharge/treatment and, again, will not disclose proprietary information that I learned during my employment. In my personal opinion, I just want to tell the workers that they need to think long and hard about who is protecting their employee rights as the union will surely stop the nonsense and pure hell, game-playing and disgrace that a company of 255,000 employees, with terminations every single day, put me through. I had to contact the general counsel of Fedex in order to get cooperation of my rights and benefits. Think long and hard about who has your back, because if you don't, no one will.

Teamsters Canada Response:
Thank you for your post!

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