Monday, July 5, 2010
The Washington Post has an interesting article on the political battle between UPS and FedEx over a congressional attempt to bring FedEx under the NLRA. As many readers know, FedEx's origins as an airline has led it to be covered under the RLA, while UPS has been covered by the more union-friendly NLRA (relatively speaking, of course). As proof that the RLA is deemed more employer-friendly, both companies have spent millions in an attempt to get FedEx under the NLRA (UPS's position) or to keep it under the RLA (FedEx's position). The fact that both companies perform essentially the same functions are beside the point. This appears to be a pure, political brawl. Stay tuned.