Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Contract Proposal Meeting For ULX

I have been informed by my union rep that we will be having a CONTRACT proposal meeting sometime in December. We will not wait for the company bullshit on the bogus charges that were brought up against us. We will move forward and have a meeting on what we want in OUR CONTRACT. The company and Paul Styers are delaying the process! We should all go into his office and demand that he stop the bullshit and certify our election.

Paul Styers stop violating our rights, Stop playing your games with us!!  And that goes for ALL the SCM especially ULA's Mark Logan, Keep playing your stupid games Mark, you think this is over ??  Think again asshole!

We will keep you informed on the time and date of this VERY IMPORTANT meeting. Even if you voted no for the union this meeting will affect you. This is what will be in our contract so if care YOU BETTER ATTEND

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FedEx Freight Workers In Charlotte Vote To Join Teamsters Local 71

Drivers In Charlotte Seek Job Security, Improved Health Plan, Pension
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – A group of 222 drivers at FedEx Freight’s Charlotte, N.C., terminal voted today to join Teamsters Local 71.
“This victory is about drivers wanting respect on the job, improved health care coverage and to be treated fairly,” said Roger Dale Jones, a 20-year road driver at FedEx Freight. “It feels great to have representation from the Teamsters.”
“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.”
This victory follows two previous ones: 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.”
The workers’ campaigns to join the Teamsters have already paid off. 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 got rid of its overly punitive driver scorecard, which gives 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.”
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Conway's Lack of Integrity

hiring supervisor, abi from xau, no one is being pressured to support our union organizing it's conway management pressuring and intimidating us from exercising our right to vote for union representation.

this's what LEAN=RESPECT means to conway management 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Buffalo, New York filed petition

Teamsters local 449 have filed a petition to organize Conway freight employees at buffalo, New York

Teamsters step up union drive at FedEx Freight, Con-way

Mon, Nov 10 2014
CHICAGO (Reuters) - After years of failed efforts, the Teamsters union has won a toehold in the trucking units of FedEx and Con-way and is targeting more facilities at both, potentially threatening what analysts see as a core competitive advantage for the companies.
The push by the Teamsters comes as a shortage of experienced drivers in the trucking industry is prompting companies to hike pay and offer improved working conditions.
The International Brotherhood Teamsters, which represents 1.4 million workers and is one of North America's most powerful unions, has long tried to unionize workers at FedEx Corp and last month won votes to have union representation at two local FedEx Freight facilities out of three holding secret ballots.
Five ballots are scheduled at FedEx Freight facilities this month, with the next due on Nov. 12 in Newark, New Jersey.
With the exception of its pilots, FedEx's workforce is non-unionized. While pay for its drivers is above that of some competitors, its larger rival United Parcel Service Inc pays its unionized drivers more, and FedEx has higher profit margins.
The Teamsters also won two out of four recent ballots at Con-way Freight, part of Con-way Inc, which according to industry estimates pays slightly more than FedEx but less than UPS.
The Teamsters declined to comment for this article.
The expanding U.S. economy has driven up freight demand at a time when older truckers are retiring and fewer new drivers are signing up. That shortage hurts long-haul truckers more than less-than-truckload operators like FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, which fill up trucks with smaller orders from multiple customers. But it has forced up pay across the industry.
In April, FedEx announced pay increases for 19,000 FedEx Freight drivers at the unit's 360 facilities, effective October.
"Drivers and dock workers currently have the ball in their court, and it may be there for a long while," Cowen & Co analyst Jason Seidl said in an Oct. 30 client note, adding Con-way's battle against the Teamsters could weigh on its results short term.
FedEx Freight accounted for $5.8 billion of FedEx's $45.6 billion fiscal 2014 revenue, while Con-way Freight contributed $3.5 billion of Con-way's $5.5 billion revenue in 2013.
Both companies are fighting the unionization effort. After the Teamsters scored wins against Con-way, one in September and one in October, the company filed objections to the ballots with the National Labor Relations Board claiming the union intimidated workers, and emphasizes the union's victories affect only two out of around 300 facilities.
"We don't believe we need a third party between ourselves and our employees," Con-way Chief Executive Officer Doug Stotlar told analysts in an Oct. 31 conference call.
FedEx has said it is weighing an appeal with the NLRB against the most recent vote in favor of union representation on Oct. 31 at a facility in New Jersey.
While gains have so far been small - there are only about 150 drivers at the FedEx Freight facilities where the Teamsters won ballots - the union said on its website other campaigns were under way.
"The aim here appears to be to unionize an entire sector," said Dan Cornfield, a Vanderbilt University labor analyst.
But it could be an uphill struggle.
According to data compiled by industry expert SJ Consulting Group Inc, as of July this year Con-way Freight drivers made $24.75 an hour, while FedEx Freight drivers earned $24.40. Among unionized companies, wages at ArcBest Corp were $23.17 and $21.10 at YRC Worldwide Inc.
Unionized truckers at UPS Freight make an estimated $26.65.
SJ Consulting founder Satish Jindel said the Teamsters will likely face difficulty persuading FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight drivers that collective bargaining is a boon when two major unionized carriers pay less.
"FedEx Freight and Con-way are seasoned campaigners, as they have been fighting unionization for decades," he said. "They are not going to be easy targets for the Teamsters."
(Additional reporting by Deepa Seetharaman. Editing by Jo Winterbottom and Douglas Royalty)