Thursday, October 30, 2014

Charlotte, NC vote date set

Well, it's now official, the vote in Charlotte will be on the 19th of November. The vote will kick off at 5am and be done at 9pm EST... We have 3 weeks of company forced meetings to endure but we plan to stay STRONG and more importantly WIN!


IBT Pulls Election in North Harrisburg

The election is off at NHS that was planned for tomorrow due to legal complications. Multiple alleged unfair labor practices need to be resolved before a fair election can be held. The charges include intimidation, threats, surveillance and many others. The petition had to be pulled in order to clear up these legal matters.

IBT Pulls Election in North Harrisburg

As you all know by now the election in North Harrisburg (NHS) has been pulled by The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). This does not mean that NHS is out of the fight.

The reason was because of the many alleged unfair and illegal labor practices that were initiated by Fed Ex management. Employees, especially committee members with letters of protection from the Teamsters labor attorney allegedly, (and I have to use the word allegedly, I know it sucks, we know what they’re like) were harassed and threatened by key members of management. All alleged charges against the loving and caring Fed Ex will be addressed, including threats, intimidation and unlawful surveillance. If Fed Ex loves us so much and cares about our future why do they treat us like this? It’s because we are too stupid to know any better and we need them to take care of us.

Another factor was that local 776 in Harrisburg was in political turmoil between two slates running for officer elections. The committee members at NHS were caught up in the turmoil. This election of officers couldn’t have happened at a worse time for NHS. By the way 2 weeks ago a new slate of officers were elected to Local 776 in Harrisburg, the old was voted out. That my friends is how the Teamsters work. If you don’t like the job your officers are doing you can vote them out.

The decision was then made by the IBT to pull the petition for an election. This by all means is not over. NHS will be back in six months to file a petition for an election again. We will regroup, refocus and enter the fight again. Fed Ex did not chase the union out. The anti union employees did not chase the union out. We chose this path to make sure we come back harder and stronger. It is better to withdraw and live to fight another day than to continue handicapped and die.

In closing I would like to say good job to the committee members at NHS I know you will still carry on the fight. To the rest of us, carry on, fight on, we will not be discouraged, we will not be defeated.

Stand Strong and Stay Strong.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This flyer was put out in NHS on Monday 10-27. Well I don’t understand why Fed Ex can’t grasp the concept of we don’t want to change the way they operate their system. The system works fine. It was originally set up by American Freightwa... See More
Photo: This flyer was put out in NHS on Monday 10-27.  Well I don’t understand why Fed Ex can’t grasp the concept of we don’t want to change the way they operate their system.  The system works fine.  It was originally set up by American Freightways and Sheridan Garrison.  What we want has been discussed, argued, presented in many forms and it’s not to change the way the company operates its freight movement.  I guess when you can’t discuss what the real issues are you have to go for the extreme scenarios to again, try to persuade the uninformed with a whole lot of nothing.
If you look in the bottom section of this flyer under the management rights clause, it states; “the right to hire, suspend or discharge for proper causes.”  The key term here is PROPER CAUSES, that means they have to have cause to discharge you.  Of course they left out the grievance process and how it works in this actual Teamster contract.
Right now, we here in Pennsylvania are under an “AT WILL” state law.  That means Fed Ex or any other company in the commonwealth can (and I love this word) discharge you for any reason what-so-ever.  They can tell you, “you are wearing the wrong color socks and you are fired.”  Would they do that?  I don’t know, but they can. Once there is a contract we go from an “AT WILL” state to a “JUST CAUSE” contract.  That takes power away from them and shifts it to us with a grievance process.  This is what scares them the most, the loss of power.

Let’s have “JUST CAUSE”

Silent Victories: What Every FedEx Freight Driver Should Know

With the help of the Teamsters and the decisions by the NLRB, National Labor Relation Boards, there has been rulings in favor of the Drivers at the FedEx terminals who have petitioned for elections for Teamsters representation.

Change FedEx to Win would like to thank the Teamsters for their help in organizing and giving our fellow Drivers around the United States a chance to vote for a Better Work Environment.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Good morning Mr James Hoffa Jr at EPH

What an honor and a privilege to shake the hand of a legend this morning. A big thank you to all who were there. LOCAL 107, CIN, EPH, family and friends alike. Nice to see we have more support than we realize and or know what to do with. 

We found these laying in the parking lot at a FedEx Freight Terminal. Neil Both is the NE RVP for FXF and Ivan Rich is the attorney for FedEx Freight, assisting the anti-union law firm Jackson Lewis at the NLRB. Thoughts?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Downtown LA (ULX) WON Election

Ulx Terminal won election, we were short on ula and ufv we will learn from this do not despair we have many more opportunities to make a stand.knowledge and wisdom is gained by experience and experience is learned by our failures.lets support and help our brothers and sisters in New Hampshire win their election on November 13.

Friday, October 17, 2014

D. M. Band Aid

CFTW has heard that our So Cal District Manager has been riding along with line haul drivers asking what can FedEx do for them to stop us drivers from seeking representation from the Teamsters!

He's asking drivers to call Arkansas as a collective with our issues so they can fix them, which we all know is just a band aid to issues they will never fix.

Just another form of "divide and conquer"
Don't be fooled by these tactics!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FedEx's Appeal to the NRLB on Philly Election Denied!

and Case 04-RC-134614
The Employer’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s Decision and
Direction of Election is denied as it raises no substantial issues warranting review.
Dated, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2014

1 Member Johnson finds the petitioned-for unit appropriate under the Board’s traditional
community of interest analysis in similar driver cases. See, e.g., Home Depot USA, Inc.,
331 NLRB 1289, 1291 (2000) (3-0 decision of Chairman Truesdale and Members Fox
and Brame, finding appropriate separate unit of drivers). The Employer contends that,
because the drivers perform a substantial amount of dockwork and hostling work, the
appropriate unit must include dockworkers. This argument is not compelling. Although
city drivers and road drivers spend 8% and 18%, respectively, of their time in non-driving
work, this figure is still significantly below the 30-40% figure in Home Depot. Id. at
1290. Accordingly, Member Johnson finds no need to express a view whether the Board
correctly decided Specialty Healthcare Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile,
357 NLRB No. 83 (2011), enfd. sub nom. Kindred Nursing Centers East, LLC v. NLRB,
727 F.3d 552 (6th Cir. 2013), and whether the Regional Director correctly applied it here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teamsters Make History With First Ever Organizing Victory at FedEx Freigh

Drivers in Croydon, PA Vote to Join Local 107 in Philadelphia

Galen Munroe

Phone: (202) 624-6911
(PHILADELPHIA) – A group of 47 drivers at FedEx Freight’s East Philadelphia terminal in Croydon, Penn. made history today when they overwhelmingly voted to join Teamsters Local 107 in Philadelphia. The vote was 26-18 in favor of joining Local 107.
“We are tired of getting treated with disrespect and dealing with constantly changing unfair and unwritten work rules,” driver Gary Loftus said. “We also want job security and to be valued for the work we do making FedEx Freight successful.”
“I am so proud of these guys at the East Philadelphia terminal, who stayed strong and united despite the company spending truckloads of money to hire union-busters,” said Bill Hamilton, Teamsters Union International Vice President and President of Local 107. “I am proud of the workers and how they remained focused. Their energy and commitment will propel this campaign in the coming weeks and months.”
Numerous campaigns at FedEx Freight are under way, and the Teamsters Union is committed to helping the drivers win a more secure future.
“The drivers are fed up with FedEx Freight,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “These workers are tired of management talking down to them at every chance, and they want decent benefits, including more affordable health insurance. They also want consistent and fair working conditions and a more hopeful future. This is why thousands of freight workers at FedEx Freight and Con-way are turning to the Teamsters Union.”
The workers’ campaigns to join the Teamsters have already paid off. At FedEx Freight, the company announced an 80-cent-per-hour raise a few days after Local 107 filed for the election at Cinnaminson, and the company got rid of its overly punitive driver scorecard, which gives drivers infraction points for errors. Also, after organizing got under way at Con-way, the company announced it would increase truck driver pay by $60 million in 2015, and other improvements.
“It seems more than mere coincidence that these two companies have announced significant pay increases just as hundreds of workers across the U.S. are approaching our local unions seeking representation,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management. Workers now realize the only way to achieve meaningful change in the workplace is to get it in writing in a binding contract.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters.

East Philly Are Now TEAMSTERS!!!

Tonight it is with great honor that we congratulate our East Philly (EPH) terminal. With an overwhelming majority vote they have voted "YES" to be recognized as Teamsters! This is a phenomenal victory in our effort to 'Bring the Teamsters to FedEx Freight'. We give a huge thanks to our brave brothers in East Philly for standing up and making a statement for us all.

Bad FedEx!

The latest anti-union propaganda FedEx is forcing its employees to watch may have some serious legal implications. There is a 95 minute documentary named 'American Standoff ' . The film details the events that happened during the Overnite/Teamster strike that began on October 24th 1999. It is an honest and fair account of what happened during that strike. Now however FedEx has decided to use just a 9 minute segment of that documentary in their anti union campaign. Nine minutes that clearly favor the company's stand against the union. The legal problem here is that it looks as though FedEx may not have obtained legal rights to play the video clip. Several calls have been made to HBO (the legal owner of the film) and their response indicates that there may be a cease and desist order coming soon. It is indicated that most of HBO's films are for private and in home viewing only. If you have been forced by FedEx management to watch this film clip you may want to call HBO Consumer Relations at (212) 512-1208.
This message goes out to all of the hardworking folks at EPH (Croydon, Pa.), all eyes are on you. You have a choice to steer your terminal, and this company, in a positive direction. Let's bring it home and change the momentum of these elections. You have the full support of NHS, SBR, NEW, SNW, RCH, CLT, LOU, and POS. We're all rooting for you to point this ship in the right direction. Let's make history 24 hours from now!

"Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together."

Photo: This message goes out to all of the hardworking folks at EPH (Croydon, Pa.), all eyes are on you. You have a choice to steer your terminal, and this company, in a positive direction. Let's bring it home and change the momentum of these elections. You have the full support of NHS, SBR, NEW, SNW, RCH, CLT, LOU, and POS. We're all rooting for you to point this ship in the right direction. Let's make history 24 hours from now!

"Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

F.Y.I. Some The Most Asked Questions

Q How does the union work?
A A union is a democratic organization of a majority of the employees in a facility. The basic idea of a union is that by joining together with fellow employees to form a union, workers have a greater ability to improve conditions at the work site. In other words, "in unity there is strength."

Q What will be in our contract?
A It is for the union employees to decide what to negotiate for. Your co-workers are already talking about many issues that are important to them at union meetings. After you win union recognition, you will select a negotiating committee from among your co-workers. Then, with the assistance of union negotiators, the committee will sit down with management to negotiate a contract. The law says that both sides must bargain "in good faith" to reach an agreement on wages, benefits, and working conditions. The contract will only take effect after it is approved (ratified) by a majority of the workers. It is not possible to know exactly what will be in the first contract. Our goal will be to win improvements with each contract.

Q Who runs the union?
A The union is a democratic organization run by the members. Members elect the local officers. You vote on many issues of importance to you. You vote on your contract. Union members elect delegates to national conventions, where delegates elect national officers and vote on major issues affecting the union such as constitutional amendments. The union is the people themselves.

Q Won't it cost the company a lot money if the union comes in?
A In the short run, it's true that unions cost employers more in terms of wages and benefits. But in the long run, that doesn't necessarily hurt the employer. Many unions are good for the employers as well as for the workers. The reason is simple. With a union there is higher morale, and there is a mechanism for workers to have a voice in how the workplace operates. Satisfied employees are more productive, and less likely to quit, so there is less turnover. Also, management benefits when it gets input from the workers on how the operation could be run better.

Q Can I be fired for participating in the campaign?
A First of all, the law prohibits any employer from discriminating against people in any way because of their union activity. If an employer does harass or discriminate against a union supporter, the union files a charge with the Labor Board, and prosecutes the employer to the fullest extent.
The best safeguard against the employer harassing anyone is for everybody to stick together and win their union. Without a union, management has a free hand to treat people as they please. But with a union, everyone has the protection of a union contract.

Q What can the union do about favoritism?
A Fairness is the most important part of the union contract. The same rules apply to everyone. If any worker feels that he or she is not being treated fairly, then he or she, of course, still has the opportunity to complain to the supervisor, just like before. But under a union contract, the supervisor or manager no longer has the final say. They are no longer judge and jury. If the worker is not satisfied with the response of the supervisor, the worker can file a grievance. The first step of a grievance procedure is for the steward to accompany the worker to try to work it out with the supervisor. If the worker is not satisfied, the steward and the employee, with help from the Union Business Manager, can bring the grievance to higher management. If the complaint is not resolved, then the issue can be placed before an outside neutral judge called an arbitrator.

Q Management is hinting that we could lose the benefits we now have. Is that true?
A The purpose of forming a union is to win improvements in wages and benefits, not to lose them. We start with what we have and go up. On average, unionized workers earn a third more than non-union workers in wages and benefits. Occasionally in organized facilities workers agree to grant concessions to aid an ailing company, but this comes after years of winning improvements. The employees vote on whether or not to accept a contract. Would you vote to accept a contract that took away your benefits? Think about it. If having a union meant that the employer could reduce your benefits, why would the employer be fighting the union so hard? Besides, it is against the law for the employer to retaliate against the union by taking away wages or benefits.

Q What about all those meetings we're having where management talks about the union being bad and corrupt?
A The employer would like you to think that unions are corrupt. The truth is that unions are decent, honest organizations dedicated to improving the lives of working people. Nothing is perfect, and there have been examples of union officials who have not been honest. But the same is true of government officials and business leaders. There are a few bad apples in any group of people. Telling you not to vote for a union because there have been some corrupt officials is like telling you never to work for a company because a company official has been corrupt.

Q The employer says the union can't guarantee us anything. Can you?
A The union can guarantee this: that when workers stick together as a union they have more bargaining power and more of a voice than they do as individuals. When the union wins, you will negotiate a contract with the employer. We can make no promises on what the contract will contain. That is for you to decide when you vote on your contract. We can guarantee that the contract will be legally binding, and the union will make sure the contract is enforced.

Q Management says the union is just after our dues money. Why should we pay money to the union?
A Dues are used to run your union and keep it strong. The dues are divided between the local union and the national union. The money is used to provide expert services to your local union, including negotiators, lawyers, economists, and educators; to pay the salaries of officers and staff, including organizers; to provide newsletters and conferences. The local union's money is used for reimbursing stewards for lost time, for the union hall, and for other expenses of your union. Did you know that the employer also pays dues to organizations? Employers have their own ''unions" - such as the Chamber of Commerce or the National Association of Manufacturers. They pay for representation-why shouldn't you? Besides, since when is the company so concerned about your money?

Q How much are Union Dues?
A The dues will depend upon what the local needs to operate efficiently and effectively. However, the dues will be set by you, as a local union, with the exception of the International portion of the dues, which is set and voted by all Local Unions at the International Convention every five (5) years. However, no dues are paid until the majority of workers vote to accept a contract they helped to negotiate. All initiation fees will be waived for members in newly organized units.

Q Management has hinted there will be a strike if we organize.
A Management talks a lot about strikes during an organizing drive. Did they tell you that over 98% of union contracts are settled without a strike? There could only be a strike if the employees vote for the strike. And it's only smart to vote for a strike if you know you can win. The employer doesn't want a strike any more than the workers do, so everyone has an incentive to reach a compromise during bargaining. Unions have developed a lot of other tactics that can put pressure on management to reach a fair agreement. For example, unions use boycotts or corporate campaigns or community support, rather than necessarily having to resort to striking.

Q How do we go about getting a union here? 
A We've already taken the important first steps in forming a union. We've formed a voluntary organizing committee of which many of you are members. This committee was formed to investigate and to inform of the ways that a union may help us. We've held meetings to inform other employees as to what their rights are now and the rights they gain by forming a union. Now it's all up to us to vote Union and to ask others to vote for their future by VOTING UNION .

Q What does signing the card mean?
A It means you want the union. The card is a commitment of support. And, it gives us the legal support for an open and free union election.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bring the Teamsters to Fed Ex Freight 5 minutes ago ·

Folks, we missed it. We were short by just a few votes. We will learn from this on what was only our first attempt to 'Bring the Teamsters to FedEx Freight'. Do not despair for we have many more opportunities to make a stand. We will learn how to improve on the impressive efforts our brothers and sisters showed us during their campaign in CIN. Knowledge and wisdom is gained by experience and experience is learned best by our failures. The EPH election is this Tuesday the 14th. We challenge all of you to double your show of support for a victorious outcome in East Philly!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hey Mr Z, you mentioned at your anti union meeting in San Bernardino that some union ltl companies pensions are no more than a $1000.00 a month. Here is my pension at FedEx after 27 years. $123.43FedEx and $648.59Viking with no medical benefits!

I'll take that $1000.00 plus medical.
Give me a card!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wow, another petition already? Well brothers and sisters it is true. 'Bring the Teamsters to FedEx Freight' would like to welcome Pocono Summit (POS) into our growing group of terminals standing up to be recognized. This will be the 11th terminal and the 7th hub to petition. POS is a 200 door hub with a city and road driver force 120 strong who have not been persuaded into a false sense of hope and security with all the lies, misinformation and half-truths layed upon them by all of FedEx's anti-union propaganda. As always stay tuned for more updates and announcements. Thank you again for all your support to this page. We are all making this happen together.

Monday, October 6, 2014

What FedEx Freight Supervisors Cannot Legally

Bring the Teamsters to Fed Ex Freight
7 minutes ago ·
We are proud to announce that a tenth terminal has petitioned for election today! Welcome Nashville (NAS) in joining your fellow brothers and sisters in our fight to 'Bring the Teamsters to FedEx Freight'. NAS is not just the tenth terminal to petition but is the fifth hub which includes 172 fellow drivers. Stay tuned folks. There are many more terminals with active campaigns that will be petitioning soon. Will it be yours?

Friday, October 3, 2014

I Googled Like You Asked, Z

We had anti union meetings yesterday with Mr. Z and he mentioned UPS pay progression here is a copy of where he was getting his info, thou he kept saying " these are my words". And here is a comment from "Bring the Teamsters to FedEx Freight" facebook site, with UPS contract for wages for the next 4 years.

UPS Freight's top pay is the same no matter when the employee was hired. The change made in their new contract was the progression period to reach top pay. Anyone hired after August 1, 2013 will be on a four year progression to reach top pay. Anyone hired before August 1, 2013 will remain on a three-year progression to reach top pay.
Why FedEx must you lie, deceive and distribute misinformation to the employees you appreciate so much?

John Morris's photo.