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Teamsters Successfully Organize Another FedEx Freight Terminal

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A group of 50 drivers at the FedEx Freight terminal in Stockton, California have voted to join Teamsters Local 439.  The drivers voted on Tuesday, March 10th and Friday, March 13th.  The final vote was 33-12 in favor of joining the union.

Following the vote Ken Guertin, Local 439 Secretary-Treasurer, told WAFB:

“I am proud of the workers here in Stockton for sticking together despite the company’s pressure.  We will work hard to negotiate a strong contract that gives these workers their rights and protections in writing.”

Mel Mendieta, a FedEx Freight driver, added:

“The company spent huge amounts of money and time to try to get us to vote no, but we remained focused on changing how FedEx treats us so that we can have a say on the job.”

This is the fourth union victory since the Teamsters began their campaign to improve conditions for workers at FedEx Freight and Con-Way.  In October of last year, a group of 47 drivers in Croydon, Pennsylvania voted to join Teamsters Local 107. Soon after, 114 drivers in South Brunswick, New Jersey voted to join Teamsters Local 701.  The next month, 222 drivers in Charlotte, North Carolina did the same with Teamsters Local 71.  

In a statement announcing the victory, Teamsters General President James Hoffa said:

“This latest victory in Stockton shows the growing worker resentment toward FedEx Freight for years of being treated unfairly.  This campaign continues to gain momentum and we are excited to be working with FedEx Freight employees across the country to help them improve their lives.”

Beyond the organizing victories, the campaign has helped raise wages for all drivers at the two companies.  At FedEx Freight, the company announced an 80-cent-per-hour raise a few days after Local 107 filed for an election.  The campaign also pressured the company to get rid of its overly punitive driver scorecard, which gave drivers infraction points for errors.

After organizing got under way at Con-way, the company announced it, too, would increase truck driver pay; to the tune of $60 million in 2015.

Although the improvements have been pledged, many drivers are still seeking union representation to ensure the companies deliver on their promises.  As Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division, said in a statement:

“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.  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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