Sunday, June 5, 2016

XPO/Con-way National Leafletting

Teamsters from Local 445 in Rock Tavern, New York reached out drivers with XPO/Con-way in nearby Montgomery today. During the second day of national leafleting today, momentum and enthusiasm continues to grow across the country, as former Con-way drivers seek fairness and a more secure future. At the same time, at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, port workers are taking action for fairness, justice and a voice on the job. XPO workers are all in this together and their strength and solidarity are growing from coast to coast!

Leafleting is under way in the Atlanta area, where Bo Whitener, a volunteer/member from McKesson and other members of Teamsters Local 728 are reaching out to XPO/Con-way drivers. The leafleting at XPO/Con-way terminals got off to a great start today and it coincides with the XPO port drivers’ actions at the Ports of LA and Long Beach. Scores of Teamster local unions are participating and the response from XPO/Con-way drivers has been overwhelmingly positive. Momentum in the campaign is building every day!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

U.S., European Workers Hold Rally Outside XPO Logistics Shareholder Meeting

Employees Demand Discussions with CEO to Address Serious Issues


Galen Munroe

Phone: (202) 624-6911
(GREENWICH, Conn.) – Today, XPO workers from the United States and Europe, along with union leaders, gathered outside the XPO Logistics shareholder meeting to call for CEO Bradley Jacobs to meet with them to address a laundry list of serious concerns.
XPO is a top 10 global logistics company and its employees around the world are angry about the company’s anti-worker actions and abuses. So far, Jacobs has spurned their requests to meet. A delegation attended the meeting to demand a meeting to discuss workers’ concerns.
“Many of the 19,000 employees of XPO/Con-way Freight are very upset about the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith, the terminal closures, the subcontracting and layoffs,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “Workers are fighting back by forming their union with the Teamsters."
“Today’s action in Greenwich is historic because the Teamsters and members of several labor unions in Europe are coming together to tell the truth about XPO’s campaign of global greed,” said Fred Potter, Director of the Teamsters Port Division. “The company is mistreating port, warehouse and freight workers across the U.S. and the world.”
XPO is mismanaging the integration of its new businesses which has created significant operational and financial risk for the company and its investors. In addition to the Con-way Freight workers’ struggles, the company’s port and rail drivers are fighting company wage theft in excess of $200 million because of persistent misclassification as independent contractors.
XPO’s greed also extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers in France for at least 18 months after XPO’s purchase of Norbert Dentressangle SA. Workers in Europe and their unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs.
"We applaud today's action in Greenwich,” said Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). “This event is the first time that a new network of concerned workers has taken action on XPO. The company has to listen. The company has to talk."
The coalition of workers and unions plans more events in an effort to get Jacobs to meet with the group to discuss the workers’ issues.
The 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 75,000 freight members, including nearly 200 at XPO/Conway. For more information, please visit

Saturday, April 30, 2016

FedEx Freight, XPO/Con-way Workers Demand Change the Teamsters to Fed Ex Freight

The Teamsters organizing campaigns in freight at XPO/Con-way and FedEx Freight are going strong, with a recent major court ruling, growing a national network of worker activists and successful nationwide days of action leafleting by members at terminals nationwide....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Unions and workers agree XPO Logistics strategy

Twenty-four XPO workers and union representatives from Europe and the United States have developed a joint strategic approach to protect standards for workers and ensure respect for labour rights, in the face of the company’s aggressive merger and acquisitions plans. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Your Rights during Union Organizing

You have the right to organize a union to negotiate with your employer over your terms and conditions of employment. This includes your right to distribute union literature, wear union buttons t-shirts, or other insignia (except in unusual "special circumstances"), solicit coworkers to sign union authorization cards, and discuss the union with coworkers. Supervisors and managers cannot spy on you (or make it appear that they are doing so), coercively question you, threaten you or bribe you regarding your union activity or the union activities of your co-workers. You can't be fired, disciplined, demoted, or penalized in any way for engaging in these activities.

Working time is for work, so your employer may maintain and enforce non-discriminatory rules limiting solicitation and distribution, except that your employer cannot prohibit you from talking about or soliciting for a union during non-work time, such as before or after work or during break times; or from distributing union literature during non-work time, in non-work areas, such as parking lots or break rooms. Also, restrictions on your efforts to communicate with co-workers cannot be discriminatory. For example, your employer cannot prohibit you from talking about the union during working time if it permits you to talk about other non-work-related matters during working time.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lifting the Curtain on Union Organizing Campaigns

Filed in Workplace Rights By  on March 23, 2016

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. The great Oz has spoken,” the actor Frank Morgan thundered in the famous 1939 movie. Once Toto pulled back the curtain, and we saw the white-haired man frantically pulling levers and turning cranks, we knew who was really talking.  Viewers can argue about whether the Wizard of Oz was an enterprising charmer with brains, heart and courage to spare, or a cynical con artist.  But you can’t make an informed decision if you can’t see behind the curtain.
When the message is heard but the speaker is hidden, the result can be confusion. That’s what often happens in today’s workplaces when workers try to organize. Workers may perceive that trusted managers and supervisors are speaking their own minds, when in fact these co-workers are reciting a message crafted by professional consultants called “persuaders.”
New rules from the Labor Department will now provide transparency to workers and the public. We have refreshed an outdated statutory interpretation, putting in place a simple, common-sense reporting requirement for when employers pay for persuader services during union organizing efforts. The rule in no way limits what employers or consultants can say. It just means that workers will know who has crafted the message.
Basic fairness dictates that workers know who is responsible for the information that is being shared with them during union organizing efforts. If someone was trying to persuade me about something as personal and direct as my job and my workplace, I’d want to know all of the sources for their messages. Only then would I feel I could judge for myself the content of the messages.
In many cases, unions already have to disclose information about how they spend their money, including during organizing. But on the employer side, workers have had little if any information, as the prior interpretation of the statute made it easy for paid consultants to influence and persuade workers without their involvement ever becoming known.
Persuaders often have employers tell their employees that a union is an outsider or a “third party.” Sometimes this message is taken even further. Workers are told that they and the employer are a family and the family will be harmed by the intrusion of the third-party union. But many employees might give this “intruding union” argument less weight if they knew that the employer itself brought in an outside third party. In addition, workers who are told that there is no money for raises that the union might push for may be interested in knowing how much money their employer is spending on outside consultants.
The reporting requirements put into place by the revised rules are minimal. Employers and consultants will file a brief form with checkboxes when they have entered into persuader agreements. Consultants will also file a form when they present union avoidance seminars for employers. That’s it. Plus, the form already exists. Employers and consultants already file it in some cases, when persuaders themselves directly communicate with the employees.
The new interpretation simply applies the statute to circumstances when it’s most needed: when the consultant is hidden. The rule only applies to agreements entered into after the rule becomes effective. This is a small change that will result in a meaningful increase in the amount of information available to workers and the public.
For all the rhetoric that has flown forth during the years the department has worked on this regulation, let’s face it: many employers engage consultants when there is a union organizing effort. If an outside expert drafts communications for you to  share with your employees, and if you are  willing to pay the outsider to prepare what you tell  your employees, then all this rule tells you to do is to draw back the curtain and reveal who scripted the message and managed its delivery.
Michael Hayes is the director of the department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.