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Teamsters looking to organize Mt. Pocono FedEx workers

04.18.15

APRIL 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Teamsters looking to organize Mt. Pocono FedEx workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 1st- Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union in Washington, DC are scheduled to begin meeting with FedEx workers employed at the company’s facility in Mount Pocono Township in Monroe County, to determine if they would like to become union members.

In previous editions of the newspaper it was exclusively reported that IBT Local 229 in Dunmore was attempting to organize the FedEx workers employed at the Mount Pocono facility. The workers haul packages throughout the FedEx system, not deliver packages.

The IBT in Washington DC, announced in 2014 they plan to attempt to organize FedEx Ground Freight employees.

FedEx is a competitor of UPS, which employees are represented by the IBT. The Union represents all drivers and warehouse workers.

The majority of FedEx workers are currently nonunion. The pilots of the company voted to be represented by the Airline Pilots Association (APA) International Union several years ago. The IBT has had some success in gaining the right to represent FedEx workers for the purpose of collective bargaining by winning representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

IBT Local 107 in Philadelphia won the right to represent 47 drivers at FedEx East Philadelphia terminal in Croydon, after workers voted 26 for to 18 against being represented by Local 107 on October 14th. Also, in November, approximately 222 drivers of FedEx at their Charlotte, North Carolina facility voted to become members of IBT Local 71 in a NLRB conducted election.

Last fall Local 229 petitioned with the NLRB requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if the workers wanted to be represented by the IBT after more than 65 percent of the workforce signed union authorization cards. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct), at least 30 percent of an workforce unit must sign the cards before they can request a election.

However, according to Craig Pawlik, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 229, which represents IBT members in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne Counties and part of Monroe County, after conducting a campaign leading-up to the NLRB scheduled election for December 11th, the union withdrew their petition. By withdrawing the petition the union can request the agency conduct a election after six months from the date the petition was withdrawn, meaning early this summer.