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.