Mark Dickens: FedEx needs to play by the rules
A recent letter to the editor claimed that UPS inserted a “hidden provision” in the Federal Administration Reauthorization Act of 2009 that could have a negative impact on the overnight transportation industry. The provision in question, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year, does nothing more than place FedEx Express drivers under the same labor law that governs every other driver in the package delivery business.
FedEx argues that because it was originally organized as an airline, it is somehow different from its competitors and its drivers should be governed under airline-specific regulations. But the facts are very clear: Be it FedEx, UPS, or any other package delivery company, the person who delivers your overnight package is a driver in a truck, not a pilot in an airplane.
Over the years, FedEx has used its special status to persuade, and sometimes even frighten, potential customers into believing that its service is somehow more reliable than that of its competitors. Now the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that not only will provide important funding to improve the safety of our nation’s air transportation infrastructure, it also will ensure that people doing the same work in the transportation industry are covered by the same law.
There is a basic principle in our country that no person or business should get special treatment under the law. Congress is now working to ensure that FedEx has to play by the same rules as everyone else in our business. Ultimately this will be good for competition, good for the economy and good for our nation.
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