New York, NY (PressExposure) September 17, 2009 -- From: Jeffrey Sussman, Inc. Marketing Public Relations 249 East 48 Street FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY 10017
For: Cabot Institute for Labor Relations
Contact: Jeffrey Sussman 212-421-4475 firstname.lastname@example.org [http://www.powerpublicity.com]
Stephen Cabot, one of North Americaâs foremost labor relations strategists and experts, told attendees at a recent Labor Relations Survival Seminar that âCongress is determined to promote the unionization of FedEx Express drivers by passing a bill that would change the labor status of all those drivers. Rather than operating under the Railway Labor Act, FedEx Express would have to operate under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).â
Under the rules of the Railway Labor Act, drivers can only join a union if there is national vote. Under the rules of the NLRA, however, drivers could vote to join unions in individual geographical areas, thus making it significantly easy for unions to organize specific groups of drivers.
âOnce the bill is passed by the Senate,â stated Mr. Cabot, âunion organizers will be able to encourage drivers to vote for union representation, and it is likely that the majority of those drivers will do so. Should that occur, the labor costs for FedEx (where many drivers are independent contractors who own their routes) would skyrocket. In addition, the competitive edge that FedEx enjoys vis-Ã -vis UPS would vanish, for all UPS drivers operate under the NLRA and about 240,000 of them are represented by the Teamsters union.â
FedEx is fighting back, stating that the federal government, in effect, is giving UPS a government bailout by supporting a change of rules for FedEx drivers.