Federal Express


WHEREAS, FedEx continues to hide behind legal loopholes and misclassify employees to keep workers from enjoying the same rights as other similarly situated employees in the industry; and

WHEREAS, FedEx has gone so far as to threaten the United States Congress in order to keep all of its Express division employees under the Railway Labor Act, regardless of whether they ever touch an airplane; and

WHEREAS, the National Labor Relations Board has found that FedEx misclassifies drivers employed by its Ground division as independent contractors when they should be treated as employees; and

WHEREAS, misclassification of employees as independent contractors and airline employees limits the ability of FedEx Express and Ground employees from organizing a union; and

WHEREAS, misclassifying employees under the wrong labor and employment laws adversely affects bargaining with other employers in the same industry where Teamsters are employed; and

WHEREAS, Attorneys General from more than 20 states are currently, or have recently, engaged in investigations of FedEx for misclassifying Ground drivers as independent contractors, which costs the states millions of dollars in lost taxes and revenue; and

WHEREAS, these investigations are resulting in multi-million dollar settlements between the states and FedEx; and

WHEREAS, FedEx employees in all sectors of the company, including FedEx Freight, have contacted the Teamsters asking for assistance in fighting for better wages and working conditions; and

WHEREAS, Teamster Local Unions, Joint Councils and the International Union are prepared and willing to work together to fight with our FedEx brothers and sisters;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Teamsters Union will continue to fight for change in the laws governing FedEx Express so that there is a level playing field in the industry; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Teamsters Union will continue to work with Federal and State Governments to ensure that Fedex Ground drivers are properly classified as employees, not independent contractors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Teamsters Union will assist our FedEx Freight brothers and sisters in organizing and achieving their goal of a union Contract.