Freight Organizing

WHEREAS, the Teamsters are in a unique position in the global supply chain and transportation industries and are committed to continuing to organize in our core freight industry; and

WHEREAS, XPO is now the second largest logistics company in North America after UPS, and FedEx Freight continues its extreme anti-union posture and threatens our members at other companies; and

WHEREAS, freight operators like XPO/Con-way and FedEx Freight continue to shortchange their workers when it comes to salary and benefits and often engage in worker misclassification; and

WHEREAS, XPO/Con-way and FedEx Freight are using more and more brokers to move freight, creating unease among their drivers; and

WHEREAS, the IBT Organizing Department has built a national network of activists at both XPO/Con-way and FedEx Freight; and

WHEREAS, Teamster members are the best agents to carry the message to non- union workers, and the IBT Organizing Department has trained hundreds of freight members at dozens of Local Unions how to talk to XPO/Con-way and FedEx Freight drivers about the Teamster message; and

WHEREAS, the Teamsters have been able to organize XPO/Con-way and FedEx Freight workers through terminal-by-terminal elections that have exposed bad behavior, raised standards for drivers at both companies and cost them millions of dollars so that it’s harder for them to underbid Teamster companies; and

WHEREAS, the Teamsters are fully committed to organize these two companies.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at this 29th International Convention that the Union should continue to build and expand the national network of activists at both companies; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Union fully involve Teamster freight members in the fight and that Teamster Locals should take advantage of  the training available from the IBT’s Organizing Department to involve their freight members in the fight; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the Teamsters should work with all of our global partners to bring pressure on XPO and FedEx Freight wherever they operate.