Monday, November 17, 2014

Independent Contractors Decision

FedEx drivers were illegally misclassified as independent contractors for years despite being treated like employees of the company, the Kansas Supreme Court found on Friday. The ruling moves FedEx Ground employees around the country a few steps closer to collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in back pay.
From the late 1990s through the first decade of the 2000s, FedEx set contract agreements with delivery and pickup drivers in order to avoid the higher costs associated with making the drivers full employees. Independent contractors are not protected by the same labor laws as payroll employees. The contracts allowed FedEx to bill drivers for their uniforms and equipment and protected the company from having to pay overtime when drivers cracked the 40 hour weekly mark.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"The Middle Class anchored to the Bottom!" (the new) "What Now Cartoon"

In 1974 the steady rise of American workers wages that had been underway since the end of WWII. Twenty five years of prosperity suddenly came to a screeching hault.  No one realized it then, but that was just the beginning of a 40 year slump that sadly is still underway.  Globalization, the decline of unions, consolidation leading to an age of monopolies we have not seen since 1929 have contributed to this Middle Class decline.  At the same time the fortunes of the 15 have taken a sharply different upward turn. Are the forces of Globalization inevitably going to raise the incomes of the few and depress the incomes of the many?
We need a new vibrant Union Movement, before it's too late.