Fedex veut annuler 15 B 777 F, multiples cartes dans le jeu de Fred Smith. C'est chaud...
Premier article daté de mars 2009 sur Entreprise News Papers :
FedEx could cancel contracts for $6.7 billion in jets assembled in Everett by the Boeing Co. if Congress makes it easier for unions to organize the delivery giant's workers.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week, the delivery company disclosed that future commitments to buy Boeing 777s are contingent on Federal Express' continued coverage by the Railway Labor Act.
The disclosure serves as a warning to lawmakers seeking to put FedEx workers under the National Labor Relations Act, a move seen as helping the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and rival UPS.
"It's FedEx political hardball at its finest," said analyst Donald Broughton of Avondale Partners in St. Louis.
In a research note this week, Broughton wrote: "We see FedEx's action as a deft political move that aligns the interests of Boeing and GE with FedEx, and pits the interests of the Teamsters against the interests of the Machinist and several other trade unions."
Added U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., "It just shows how committed Fred Smith and FedEx are to remaining under the Railway Labor Act. That's a pretty strong shot at the Teamsters, who are a pretty strong force on the other side, as well as UPS. It's a shot across the bow."
Cohen was one of the dissenting members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure when it approved the labor provision as part of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. Cohen said the bill hadn't been scheduled yet for action in the full House or Senate.
"We're not threatening Congress," said FedEx spokesman Maury Lane.
He added that if Congress targets FedEx to boost the company's chief competitor, "then we would have to take decisive action."
---The escape clause applies to 15 planes due for delivery between 2014 and 2019 and an additional 15 options. It doesn't apply to 15 777s due for delivery between 2010 and 2014.
---Before agreeing to buy 777s from Boeing in 2006, FedEx had planned to buy French-made Airbus jets as part of its push to upgrade to more fuel-efficient transoceanic cargo carriers.
A Teamsters spokesman said FedEx appeared to be broadening the conflict over the labor law change while enlisting Boeing as an ally.
"FedEx apparently is not content with cutting wages, increasing employees' medical insurance premiums and eliminating pension benefits for its employees," said Ken Hall, Teamsters International vice president and director of the package division. "Now it is threatening to leverage a contract to purchase additional aircraft from an American company to blackmail Congress. "It is a slap in the face to Congress and the American people. "
The bill should be evaluated on its merit -- not upon the threat of FedEx to fire another torpedo through the American economy."
FedEx announced in January it had renegotiated a deal to buy 777 Freighters from Boeing over the next decade. The escape clause wasn't mentioned at the time. At the time, the company increased its order from 15 planes to 30 and agreed on an option for another 15 planes.
Broughton calculated the purchase price at about $225 million per plane.
"This plan will create thousands of jobs for Boeing workers, GE workers (who make the jet engines) and workers at hundreds of subcontractors," Broughton wrote. "We find it more than a bit intriguing that now congressmen will have to vote against Boeing, GE and the creation of thousands of unionized jobs for machinists (and several other trade unions) in
order to change the labor law status of FedEx in an attempt to possibly help the Teamsters union."
Et le 5 juin, ( ça ne s'arrange pas trop )
Sur Pr Newswires , je le met en blanc sur fond du forum :
Follows Fred Smith Threat to Pull Contracts with Boeing
FedEx CEO Fred Smith's arrogant campaign of threats and intimidation continued this week
when his top spokesman threatened to take down members of Congress who oppose FedEx's position on a key piece of legislation.
When asked about FedEx's multi-million dollar ad campaign against the legislation that is reported to launch on Tuesday, June 9, top FedEx flack Maury Lane told U.S. News and World Report in a story posted in The White House Bulletin, "I'm going to try to destroy them."
This follows Smith's repeated threats to cancel a $10 billion contract to purchase Boeing 777 planes if FedEx Express workers were moved under the National Labor Relations Act
FedEx clearly threatened in a March 24, 2009 SEC filing, and Smith reiterated in testimony before Congress in May, that its contract to purchase additional aircraft from Boeing is
contingent upon its labor relations for all of its employees being governed by the Railway Labor Act (RLA). Under this provision, if Congress dares to grant even a portion of its workers the rights enjoyed by most American private sector employees under the NRLA, FedEx has the right to cancel those purchase orders.
"Fred Smith and FedEx breed a culture of arrogance," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa.
"First, they cut wages, increase medical insurance premiums and eliminate pension benefits for its employees. Then they try to blackmail Congress with threats to pull the Boeing contract. Now they threaten to destroy the political careers of those who oppose them."
Currently, all workers at FedEx Express are covered by the RLA regardless of whether they have any direct relationship with the operation or maintenance of the air fleet. This includes
package delivery drivers, workers at sorting facilities and truck mechanics.
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on May 21 that is a part of
the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization and would place those workers under the NLRA, the statute that protects virtually all other private sector workers. Under the NLRA, workers may organize by individual terminals while the RLA requires a more difficult path to unionization that requires a national vote by every worker at FedEx Express. The reauthorization bill is currently awaiting action in the Senate.
"It's astonishing that Fred Smith and his flacks will go to any length to boost FedEx's profits at the expense of American workers and the economy," said Ken Hall, Director of the Teamsters Package Division. "By threatening to destroy members of Congress, FedEx's efforts to manipulate the American system of government have crossed the line."