Thursday, August 6, 2009



A shocking article in the Washington Post alleges that both Teamster and UPS officials "forced" workers into penning letters in support of more stringent labor rules for arch rival FedEx.

According to WaPo:

Internet sites dedicated to UPS-related discussions feature dozens of accounts from anonymous employees who in recent weeks have said they were forced to write the letters or felt they would be punished for not doing so. Such tactics could run afoul of both labor laws and lobbying disclosure requirements, according to legal experts.

Scott Dennis, one of those who contacted FedEx by e-mail, said in an interview that he was working as a part-time loader at a UPS facility in Greensboro, N.C. last month when he says he was pulled into a room with other employees and told to write letters in support of the legislation. Instead, he said, he wrote a letter critical of government intervention and quit in disgust a week later.

It is no secret that, like Tonya Harding allegedly having Nancy Kerrigan whacked in the knee, UPS has been trying to saddle its rival with debilitating injury. In this case, the baseball bat wielding boyfriend is the Teamsters union and its underfunded pensions.

Last year, the union (which has been under federal supervision since 1989 for its ties to organized crime [learn more here]), defended its endorsement of then-candidate Barack Obama against accusations that the endorsement was in exchange for an Obama commitment to end the federal supervision.

Since that time, however, the union has had its allies in Congress introduce legislation to move FedEx from the Railway Labor Act to the National Labor Relations Act, making it easier to unionize the largely union-free carrier.

Meanwhile, the Teamsters union, for its part, is struggling with its own embarrassing problems as it prepares for a strike by its own unionized staff at its Washington DC "Marble Palace" headquarters.

All of this pales in comparison, if proven true, to the union and UPS intimidating workers at UPS into lobbying against their will.

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