Stop union busting at FedEx Ground in Brockton, MA
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Package handlers at the FedEx Ground warehouse in Brockton, MA are fighting to form a union. If the workers win the union election, scheduled for August 3rd, it will be the first time workers have ever won a union at FedEx Ground.
Over the next three weeks, these workers face a David versus Goliath type of struggle to overcome FedEx’s viscous anti-union campaign. Please sign this petition and show your support!
Brockton FedEx workers looking to unionize contacted Teamers Local 653 months ago and quickly signed up 75 percent of their co-workers to the union. Like so many workers nowadays, FedEx package handlers work part-time for poverty wages starting at $10.50 and maxing out at $14.50 after four years. They work short pre-dawn or late night shifts, lifting heavy packages and working in trailers where extreme temperatures range from 2 degrees in winter to 115 degrees in the summer!
The work is exhausting and the management is demanding. But, while 90 percent of the 71 Brockton workers are African American, all the supervisors were white. Workers received no health benefits, no job security, and no guarantee of securing a decent full-time positions at FedEx, one of the largest companies in the world.
Jobs like this are part of the 21st century “American Nightmare” that Corporate American and Wall Street have thrust on communities everywhere. Simply quitting and finding a “better job” is not an option. Brockton has one of the highest unemployment rates in Massachusetts, and the job market is only getting worse.
That's why this fight is part of a broader struggle. A union at FedEx Ground would enable workers to bargain for living wage jobs in Brockton. And in this era where most union drives end in defeat, a victory at FedEx – “the Wall Mart of the trucking industry” – would inspire workers everywhere to stand up to Corporate America. It would raise workers’ confidence and could help spark a badly needed movement to organize a new generation of workers and young people into the unions.
That's why it's in the interest of working people everywhere that Brockton FedEx workers win the election on August 3, and secure a decent contract.
UNION BUSTERS AND TAX DODGERS
FedEx is a notorious union buster, and keeping unions out is vital to maintaining their enormous profits. FedEx fights tooth and nail at the legislative and judicial levels to keep unions out. They will fight equally hard on the shop-floor level to keep a union out in Brockton.
Already, they have flown in their top union-busting executives to Brockton to wage a campaign against the union drive. Now, the workers are getting treated with respect, as FedEx tries to kill the union with it's sudden kindness. All the white supervisors have been replaced by “nice” African American managers, the workers have been treated to cookouts, and finally offered (terrible) health care benefits.
But this is just a cynical ploy, and it goes on while the managers spread lies and misinformation about unions to whip up fears about unionization. They are having one-on-one meetings with workers, showing anti-union videos and spreading glossy anti-union literature amongst the workers. Meanwhile, union activists at FedEx, who have worked for months to sign up more than 75 percent of their co-workers with the Teamsters, have been isolated from other workers.
Not only is FedEx a major provider of non-union, poverty-wage jobs, they also don't pay their taxes. According to US Uncut, “When it comes to paying their fair share of taxes, FedEx simply does not deliver. When FedEx made $1.9 billion in profits, they managed to pay less than .0005% of it in taxes by using 21 tax havens. FedEx also spent 42 times (4200%) more on lobbying Congress than they did in taxes.”
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