Thursday, June 11, 2020

FedEx Employee Fired, NJ Corrections Officer Suspended After Video Surfaces Of Pair Mocking George Floyd’s Death During Protest In Gloucester County

FRANKLINVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — A FedEx employee caught on video mocking George Floyd’s death during a Black Lives Matter protest has been fired. A New Jersey Corrections Officer was also suspended following the incident.

The cellphone video was taken during a Black Lives Matter rally held Monday in Franklinville, Gloucester County.

One of the men was seen kneeling on another man who was lying down along Delsea Drive, in a pose similar to the one former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin used on Floyd.

FedEx called the video “appalling and offensive.”

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“The behavior depicted in the video, which involved a FedEx employee, is appalling and offensive,” FedEx said in a statement. “The employee in question was immediately removed from all FedEx work duties while our investigation is concluded and all internal procedures are followed. FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. We stand with those who support justice and equality.”

In a tweet, the New Jersey Department of Corrections said, “We have been made aware that one of our officers participated in the filming of a hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd. The individual has been suspended from their post and banned from NJDOC facilities during a thorough and expedited investigation.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also condemned the officer for his actions, tweeting “we won’t let the actions of  a few distract from our progress toward dismantling systematic racism.”

The act has since gone viral on social media and members from the community are in an uproar.

“It’s a terrible situation for someone to do such a terrible thing,” Franklinville resident Sophia Dagostino said.

“I was furious, I was disgusted, I’m horrified. I personally came out here to drown out their message,” resident Sarah Hill said.

Since the incident, the Black Lives Matter acronym and other messages have been painted in front of the property, and protesters continue to show up in small numbers.

“It’s sad to see that we’re dealing with this sort of stuff today,” Dagostino said.

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At least one friend of the corrections officer, who he refers to as Jimmy, says their anti-protest was against the Black Lives Matter movement and in support of law enforcement.

He didn’t want to appear on camera but says he had no idea what was in store. But by the time it happened, it was too late. He says he’s since cut all ties with his former friend.

CBS3 showed up to the officer’s house Wednesday while he was mowing the lawn, but he quickly disappeared and did not speak.

Another protest is planned for next Saturday at 11 a.m. Police say it was one the docket before the incident but they are now anticipating an even larger crowd.

CBS3’s Alecia Reid contributed to this report.

Monday, June 1, 2020

This is What We Were Talking About

The first photo below is from a former Fresno FedEx driver who left a year ago to work for ABF than for UPS. After a year between both carriers, he has accrued a total of $1,186.44 per month. My Fedex pension after 30 years is a whopping $216.97 per month!

The next photo is from another FedEx driver who now works for KeHe in Chino Ca. who's  pension,  after five years vested, his monthly pension has climbed to $2095.08. At Kehe they negotiated their first contract 5 years ago. Since it was their first Tesmsters contact,  they received the 2 for 1 vesting. This was offered to us if we had voted "Yes" for Teamsters representation! But many believed FedEx managers BS. This is one reason you see drivers with 40 years plus still here at FedEx. Why? Simple. They can't afford to retire!

Be Safe.


Monday, April 27, 2020

One Year Ago Today

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.

Monday, April 13, 2020

FedEx Freight temporarily trimming workers due to weak volumes

By Published: April 13, 2020 11:22 AM CT

FedEx Freight is temporarily furloughing “a small number” of employees because of a decline in volume during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Memphis-based less-than-truckload unit of FedEx Corp. announced the move last week in a memo that said staffing adjustments would be based on business volumes on a location-by-location basis.
FedEx Freight president and chief executive officer John Smith’s memo said managers would be sharing details on “voluntary furlough opportunities” in coming days.
“This COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and unpredictable global event that has disrupted global supply chains and negatively impacted our business,” Smith said.
“If a staffing adjustment is applicable at your location, furlough opportunities will first be administered on a volunteer basis. We will review the number of volunteers to determine if there are additional needs based on projected business volumes,” Smith said.

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The company said health benefits coverage would be extended up to four months for furloughed employees, rather than the typical 30 days, and idled workers would maintain eligibility for expanded state and federal unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
A FedEx statement said:
“Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, we are implementing temporary measures to protect the financial stability of the company for the long-term benefit of our workforce, customers and shareholders. This includes the difficult decision to implement a temporary furlough for a small number of team members at FedEx Freight to align our workforce with current operational and business needs.
“To be clear, this is a temporary action that affects a very small percentage of our overall workforce, and we will continue to evaluate the environment and bring back furloughed employees as business circumstances allow.
“Team members affected by this will continue receiving health benefits for four months while also maintaining their eligibility for expanded state and federal unemployment benefits under the CARES Act, if applicable.
“We do not take actions like this lightly, and we are committed to supporting all of our team members who are affected by this and those who are continuing to deliver every day on behalf of our customers and communities around the world.”
Trucking volumes are expected to suffer because of the economy’s slowdown, particularly in the industrial sector, although they’ve been helped by shipments of consumer staples and other commodities.

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American Trucking Associations chief executive Chris Spears said on Fox Business last week, “There’s parts of trucking that are doing really well in response to this crisis, but there are many segments of our industry that aren’t, whether you’re in fuel, whether you’re moving heavy manufactured goods like auto parts, even the agriculture industry. We’re all feeling it in different ways.”



Wayne Risher

Wayne Risher

Business news reporter, 43-year veteran of print journalism, 35-year resident of Memphis, University of Georgia alumnus and proud father and spouse of University of Memphis graduates.

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