When you think of UPS you generally don’t think of lobbying Congress and campaign contributions. Yet, according to FedEx, Brown is pushing hard for legislation that would make it easier for express-delivery workers to organize. Acording to the Financial Times, FedEx is taking aim at UPS with a multimedia campaign linking UPS to the banking, car marking, and other industries which have received “bail-out” money from the Government.
At issue is the U.S. House of Represensatives’ approval of legislation (H.R. 915: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009) that would allow FedEx truck drivers and package handlers, and other employees to join unions more easily than they could under previous legislation. In an article by John Hughes on www.bloomberg.com, Huges says that “Workers in FedEx’s Express unit could vote locally to join unions under the plan rather than having to hold a national election to gain representation.” He goes on to say, “The 277-136 vote sets up a clash in the Senate between FedEx and larger competitor United Parcel Service Inc., which says the legislation would even the playing field with UPS’s union workforce. When you factor in comments from the Teamsters president Jim Hoffa, that “The House of Representatives has done the right thing in closing this unfair loophole…FedEx Express workers have been deprived their right to form unions like workers at other package- delivery companies,” you know you’ve got a sizeable battle going on.
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