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FedEx Charged with More Anti-Union Actions in Massachusetts

by Shreema Mehta

Apr. 10, 2007 – A federal agency is accusing FedEx Home Delivery of cracking down on employees’ attempts to organize in Massachusetts by harassing workers, threatening firings and monitoring employees’ activities.

According to a complaint filed by a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), FedEx allegedly fired four workers involved in union activities and forged incriminating evidence against two. The complaint also accuses FedEx of threatening to fire employees if they testified at an NLRB hearing.

According to the NLRB complaint, FedEx management even asked employees about their union membership and activities on several occasions. In separate incidents, the NLRB complaint alleged FedEx informed employees that selecting the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union to represent them would be "futile" and offered them rewards for signing an anti-union petition.

The NLRB is a federal agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, which regulates unionization rights. FedEx faces a hearing before the Board in June.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, FedEx spokesperson Maury Lane said the company had not yet reviewed the complaint, but the company looked forward to responding to the allegations at the June hearing.

Complaints against the company are not unique to Massachusetts. As previously reported by The NewStandard, employees in 30 states have filed suit against FedEx for classifying them as "independent contractors" rather than employees. The company does not provide social security or health benefits to workers it considers contractors, and contractors do not have collective-bargaining rights.

Last February, a court ruled that FedEx workers in Worcester, Massachusetts, were misclassified as contractors and could join a union.

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Shreema Mehta is a staff journalist.

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