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From Kings of the Road to Serfs of the Company

Dan La Botz Dollars and Sense October 29, 2014 View the original piece The truck driver was once the king of the road, riding high from the 1950s through the 1970s. Sitting up in the tractor, pulling an eighteen-wheler, looking out over America's city streets and country roads and highways, he--back then, the driver was almost always a he--earned a good money, often had health benefits, and may well have had a pension plan. Click...

Poll: 80% Don’t Want Truckers’ Restricted Driving Hours Relaxed

Michele Fuetsch Transport Topics October 17, 2014 View the original piece A new poll commissioned by a coalition of highway safety groups found that 80% of Americans believe Congress should not raise the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road to 82 hours from 70. American Trucking Associations called the results “misleading,” while Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called them a “game changer” that shows the public understands “too many hours on...

Historic Wins at FedEx Freight and Con-way

October 17, 2014: FedEx Freight workers in Philadelphia voted for this first time to join the Teamsters. Con-way workers in Laredo did the same. How can we build on this momentum? For the first time in years, there’s excitement in the air about Teamster organizing in the trucking industry. Can we turn that into some real Teamster power? Local 657 organized the Laredo Con-way terminal. Local 107 lost a vote at FedEx Freight in New...

Fed Ex, Con-way battling inroads by Teamsters union

John D. Schulz Logistics Management October 15, 2014 View the original piece FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, two of the largest non-union LTL carriers in the nation, are battling organizing efforts by the Teamsters union in a closely watched unionization effort.  Workers at FedEx Freight’s Philadelphia facility recently voted 28-16 in favor of representation by the Teamsters union. That follows a rejection of union organization weeks earlier by FedEx Freight workers in Cinnaminson, N.J., a suburb...

FedEx Freight Workers Vote for Union in Pennsylvania

Transport Topics October 15, 2014 View the original piece FedEx Freight drivers at a Philadelphia terminal voted in favor of Teamsters representation, becoming the first workers at the less-than-truckload carrier to become union members. The vote by a reported 26-18 margin came four days after drivers at the Cinnaminson, New Jersey, terminal voted against becoming Teamsters. The New Jersey vote was the first-ever unionization balloting at the nation’s largest less-than-truckload company. No vote count was...
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