Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Are We Really Busy?

We drivers at SBO are really wondering if we are really "that busy" here?Dispatch sent out a text asking if three drivers would like to take off on Wednesday ?

Let us know what's happen at your Service Centers.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Seven Of The Ten Deadliest States For Workers Have ‘Right To Work’ Laws

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) tracks workplace fatalities each year.
Not surprisingly, the states with anti-union ‘right to work” laws fare the worst.
Below are the ten states with the most workplace deaths, with the death rate per 100,000 workers listed as well. “Right to work” states are in bold.
Alaska (10.2)
Arkansas (6.1)
Louisiana (6.3)
Mississippi (6.2)
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Montana (6.9)
North Dakota (10.1)
South Dakota (7.3)
Vermont (7.0)
West Virginia (7.4)*
Wyoming (7.7)
*The WV “right to work” law was passed in 2016 and upheld by the state Supreme Court. A lower court overturned parts of the law again this year but the state Supreme Court ordered a stay of that decision. 
For the the full list of states, visit the BLS page here.

Trump Just Attacked Labor Again – His Target This Time Is The Firefighters Union

President Donald Trump loves to profess his love for the American worker. It’s all he talked about, other than about Hillary, during his presidential campaign.
But time and time again, Trump has shown his true colors by giving billions to his rich buddies while lashing out at the labor movement.
His latest attack happened today as he took to Twitter – not surprisingly, it happened a few hours after the International Association of Fire Fighters endorsed Joe Biden.
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Trump has been obsessed about union dues lately. In March, he (bizarrely, confusingly, and embarrassingly) blamed union dues for GM’s decision to lay off thousands of people.
He seems to forget that running a union, engaging in collective bargaining, maintaining a strike fund, and so on does cost money. And that money comes from dues. For reasons beyond many, Trump seems bewildered by this concept.
Read his other tweet from this morning and ask yourself if this sounds like a president who is in touch with reality of how unions, or any membership organizations for that matter, operate.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

FedEx Freight Drivers in Stockton Say "Yes!" to the Teamsters, Again.

In a shocking turn of events, FedEx Freight drivers in Stockton, Ca voted overwhelmingly to continue their union membership on April 26, 2019.

The decertification vote followed a substantial anti-union effort by the company which included showings of anti-union videos, group anti-union meetings, one-on-one anti-union ride alongs, as well as a barrage of new hires in an attempt to stack the vote in their favor. The company has also delayed yearly raises for the Stockton drivers citing ongoing negotiations with the union even though non-union service centers received their annual raises on time.

Despite the company's vigorous attempts to sway the vote, the drivers voted 31-16 in favor of remaining in one of the nation's strongest unions, the Teamsters. The landslide victory sends a clear message to the company, your belittling voice of intimidation will never be as loud or as strong as the voices of organized and empowered employees. 

The Fedex Stockton drivers and the Teamsters look forward to ongoing negotiations with the company.

Thursday, April 25, 2019


This week at our San Bernardino Ca. terminal, drivers were asked to attend a so called"Meeting ".

When drivers arrived to these meetings they were introduced to FedEx lawyers! Who were there to ask questions about a on going class action suit!

The suit pertains to  lunches , breaks and personal cell phones used for company business. Some drivers felt sideswiped by the dishonesty of management!

The lawyers on the onset said that they were not there to represent the employee , but to represent FedEx. They,  the drivers,  were given the option to answer the questions or to not participate at all.

If you do participate,  please beware of what you say and what you sign. Especially if you sign a statement of what you have just said. This could be used against you later on. Remember those lawyers are there representing FedEx "Not Us"

These lawyers were in Fresno about three weeks ago. So they are most likely to arrive to most of California.

Monday, April 22, 2019

It's decision day for FedEx's voluntary employee buyouts

Associate Editor, Memphis Business Journal
Today, FedEx employees have learned who will leave as part of the company's voluntary buyout.  
The Memphis-based shipping and logistics giant announced cost-reduction actions — which included a voluntary buyout program for eligible U.S.-based employees — during its second quarter 2019 earnings call, held in December 2018. Monday, April 22, was the date employees would reportedly find out who would be leaving the company.
The departures are expected to start in May and occur in phases. When asked about the buyouts on Monday, a spokesperson for FedEx simply told the Memphis Business Journal the company didn’t have anything additional to share. FedEx has not released any information regarding the number of employees leaving.
Trip Miller, managing partner at Memphis-based hedge fund Gullane Capital Partners LLC, which holds FedEx in its fund said he views the employee buyout as a win/win for both employees and the company.
“Employees get a very attractive buyout and, obviously, the ability to go do other things or take truly an earlier retirement,” Miller said. “And, to FedEx, as Alan Graf [CFO for FedEx] has pointed out, it is a tremendous cost savings."
In terms of downsides, Miller said there could potentially be a negative impact to employee morale, and that anytime there is a buyout a company runs the risk of losing some great talent. But, he reiterated, overall this move by FedEx is positive. 
FedEx’s third quarter 2019 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from March stated in part:
“During the third quarter of 2019, we began offering voluntary cash buyouts to eligible U.S.-based employees in certain staff functions. The U.S.-based voluntary employee buyout program includes voluntary severance payments and funding to health care reimbursement accounts, with the voluntary severance payment calculated based on four weeks of gross base salary for every year of continuous FedEx service up to a maximum payment of two years of pay.”
In previous filings with the SEC, FedEx stated the voluntary buyout program was expected to have a pre-tax cost of $450 million to $575 million. Savings from the buyouts are anticipated to be between $225 million to $275 million on an annualized basis starting in 2020 for FedEx. Executives have also mentioned that similar buyout programs could occur for FedEx employees in its international regions.
“I think you will see this offered up and rolled out in even a broader scale over the year to come,” Miller said. “There is a lot of excess capacity in the FedEx system from an employment standpoint that, again, this is a win/win for employees and for the company.”
FedEx has more than 450,000 employees who serve more than 220 countries and territories

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Former FedEx exec heads to Amazon

Associate Editor, Memphis Business Journal
After an abrupt resignation in 2018, a former FedEx exec has a new home with Amazon.
Sean Healy, who spent 32 years with Memphis-based FedEx Corp., most recently as the regional chief operating officer for FedEx Express Europe, resigned in October 2018. The Memphis Business Journal recently learned he is now a director with Amazon.

According to Healy’s LinkedIn account, he started with Amazon in February of this year. Amazon confirmed Healy’s LinkedIn profile was accurate and that he was now an employee of the company, but they did not provide additional job details.  
Healy started his career at FedEx in 1986 as a package handler and worked his way up to the executive level.
He held his FedEx Express position in Europe — which relocated him from Memphis to Amsterdam — from July 2018 to October 2018. At the time of that promotion, FedEx Express Europe president and TNT CEO Bert Nappiersaid, “His additional experience leading teams through change means he is an excellent addition to the FedEx Express Europe leadership team at an exciting time for the company.”
Prior to that, Healy was the senior vice president of transportation, planning, and strategy for FedEx Freight. In that role, he led the design, development, and implementation of technology solutions and processes at FedEx Freight and managed its road network. Following his departure, FedEx said Healy had “resigned for personal reasons.”
Healy is also a former member of the board of commissioners for the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA).  

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FedEx just warned the whole globe is slowing

FedEx just warned the whole globe is slowing

DHL containers and a FedEx airliner at Hong Kong International Airport, in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China.
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DHL containers and a FedEx airliner at Hong Kong International Airport, in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China.
A top executive at FedEx is flagging serious concerns in the global economy.
The multinational package delivery service reported declining international revenue as a result of unfavorable exchange rates and the negative effects of trade battles.
"Slowing international macroeconomic conditions and weaker global trade growth trends continue, as seen in the year-over-year decline in our FedEx Express international revenue," Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer, said in statement.

FedEx reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter earnings and revenue after the closing bell on Tuesday, and cut its full-year guidance. Shares fell more than 4 percent in after-hours trading.
Despite a strong U.S. economy, FedEx said its international business weakened during the second quarter, especially in Europe. FedEx Express international was down due primarily to higher growth in lower-yielding services and lower weights per shipment, Graf said.
To compensate for lower revenue, Graf said FedEx began a voluntary employee buyout program and constrained hiring. It is also "limiting discretionary spending" and is reviewing additional actions.
FedEx shares have dropped roughly 27 percent in the past year, lagging the XLI industrial ETF's 1 percent decline.
The U.S. and China remain locked in an ongoing stalemate on trade tariffs. On Tuesday, there were multiple reports about progress on negotiations between the world's two largest economies. According to Bloomberg, some U.S. officials fear that China is reneging on certain trade concessions.