Date: 21.11.2014 / to news list
More than 220 commercial truck drivers at FedEx Freight’s Charlotte, N.C., terminal voted Wednesday to join Teamsters Local 71. This week’s vote follows on the heels of two other recent Teamsters union victories, with FedEx Freight officials saying the company will consider an appeal.
“Like the drivers in Philadelphia and in South Brunswick, N.J., who voted to join the Teamsters, the workers in Charlotte want to be treated fairly and they want to have consistent, fair work rules,” said Steve Bess, president of Teamsters Local 71 in Charlotte. “The company ramped up its vicious anti-worker, anti-union campaign here, but the drivers remained strong and focused. Rather than lying to the workers, the company should use the money to provide better benefits for the workers and their families.”
In a brief statement released by FedEx Freight, the company said its and road drivers voted for union representation. “These results affect only the drivers at the Charlotte service center. No other drivers at our more than 360 service centers are impacted by this vote. It remains business as usual at FedEx Freight and our nationwide network won’t miss a beat.”
Regarding the Charlotte election results, FedEx Freight said it is considering an appeal.
This week’s vote follows two other recent union victories. On Oct. 31, a group of 113 drivers at FedEx Freight in South Brunswick, N.J., joined Teamsters Local 701 in North Brunswick, N.J., and on Oct. 14, a group of 47 drivers in Croydon, Pa., voted to join Teamsters Local 107 in Philadelphia. Other campaigns at FedEx Freight and at Con-way Freight are under way across the country.
“With these three victories, drivers are making it loud and clear to the company that they are fed up with FedEx Freight,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president. “Our campaign continues to roll and FedEx Freight drivers are showing they will fight for fairness, respect and dignity.”
At FedEx Freight, the company announced an 80-cent-per-hour raise a few days after Local 107 filed for an election, and the company removed its driver scorecard, which gave 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.
“The companies are offering pay raises and other improvements at the same time we are organizing, but the workers know that these things can be taken away just as quickly without a legally binding contract,” 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.”