One company refusing to be shackled, FedEx, backed out of a $7 billion Boeing order after Congress threatened to unleash the hordes of the wealth-plundering Teamsters on them, as reported by today’s Wall Street Journal, “FedEx Threatens to Cancel Jet Orders.”
Actually, FedEx did not “threaten” to cancel the order, it was arranged in their contract to begin with. A condition was stipulated that if the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill facilitating workers’ unionization within the shipping service, FedEx could simply not afford to purchase the Boeing airplanes:
“It is exceedingly unlikely that we would purchase those airplanes” should Congress change the law, said FedEx spokesman Maury Lane. “The legislation could cripple the company and eliminate the need for the extra planes,” Mr. Lane said.
Among FedEx’s 290,000 workers, only the company’s 4,700 pilots are unionized. At UPS, about 240,000 of the companies 425,000 employees are union members, mostly Teamsters.
But according to Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN), FedEx will stay in business “somehow”:
“That’s huffing and puffing, that’s all that is,” said Rep. Oberstar, in response to FedEx.
So FedEx should not be angry, and just smile approvingly, when a government thug forces them to hire more employees at higher wages, buy more planes, run at loss and keep everyone on payroll and benefits regardless of the loss. Indeed, this would be an opportune set-up for a future bailout and nationalization.
The Teamsters quip that FedEx intends to “blackmail Congress.” Except the contract was between Boeing and FedEx, not FedEx and Congress. They say FedEx will “fire another torpedo through the American economy.” However, the economy does not run on the power of brute labor (or the union rajahs who collect dues), but by the exacting, long-range-thinking, value-making mind of a businessman. The Teamsters and Congress are the ones wielding the torpedo, and FedEx needs to find a big enough moral shield to fend off the attack.
Contact FedEx and tell them they are morally right to abide by their contracts regardless of what the slave-masters in Congress or the power-lusting Teamsters say. Kudos to FedEx if they stand their moral ground and assert their right to exist.