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Are FedEx Truck Drivers Really Pilots?

In 1996, Congress allowed FedEx Express to classify its truck drivers, sorters, loaders and un-loaders as airline workers under the Railway Labor Act.

The Teamsters don't like the classification, in part because it makes it harder for employees to form unions. The Teamsters want the rule changed so these employees fall under the same rules governing package delivery employees at FedEx's competitors:

FedEx Express wants Congress to think its truck drivers are actually airline pilots. Why? Because the company doesn't believe it should have to be subjected to the same rules and regulations that all other package delivery companies follow.

As a reward for large political contributions to a few key lawmakers many years ago, Congress created a special set of rules that would apply only to FedEx Express and none of its competitors - essentially using its power to give FedEx Express a competitive advantage over others in the industry.

Today, all package delivery companies, including UPS and dozens of independently owned delivery companies, operate under one set of rules while FedEx Express maintains its special status.

For FedEx Express to classify its truck drivers as airline pilots is dishonest and unfair. Even worse, consumers pay the ultimate price when competition in the industry is stymied, as it is when no level playing field exists.

The House and Senate have both passed the Express Carrier Employee Protection Act as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which is now in reconciliation.

The Teamsters have launched a campaign called "FedEx Drivers Aren't Pilots." The website includes video spots like this one that call FedEx out for classifying its package delivery workers as airline workers.

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