FedEx Express Wins Vote of Public Opinion on Delivery Regulation

Challenge: The Garrity Group led the community relations and local education efforts for FedEx Express in New Mexico as part of a nationwide campaign to highlight two different models of regulation on America’s delivery-based commerce system: The Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Moving over 3.3 million parcels each day, 85 percent by air; FedEx Express is governed by the Railway Labor Act (RLA). The RLA prevents everyday local conflicts from continually stalling interstate commerce, yet provides a fair process to resolve disputes. UPS sought to undercut FedEx Express with a 230-word provision tucked away in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009. The sole purpose of the language was to shift FedEx Express operations from the RLA to the NLRA.

Solution: As part of our community education approach, The Garrity Group sought out local allies to share their points of view in Letters to the Editor with their local papers. Our team also facilitated a roundtable discussion in Albuquerque, with leadership from both FedEx Express and UPS at the table for the first time to publicly discuss this topic. The session provided insight and education on the differences between the RLA and NLRA.

Result: The roundtable resulted in an official position paper from the Board of Directors of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce in favor of FedEx Express and existing labor laws.