The difference between the two comes down to the ability to unionize employees. Under the RLA, unionization must be done on a national basis. NLRB allows unions to form on a building-by-building basis, something UPS and the Teamsters would be more than happy to see happen.
FedEx created Brownbailout.com to promote its argument against the provision.
There are two different videos located here, including one where the driver of a truck is calling for ground control.
“FedEx brought its special status through political arm-twisting, plain and simple,” Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa said. “But now Congress must do the right thing and close the loophole. Americans are tired of giveaways to corporations, especially to a company that can’t even be upfront about what it really does.”
Interestingly, in an effort to build political pressure, FedEx has threatened to cancel a $6.7 billion aircraft order with Boeing if its classification changes. No doubt, this is putting pressure on Boeing to lobby on behalf of FedEx.
Oberstar ripped Smith in the Commercial Appeal for his characterization of the provision.
“I object vigorously to his mischaracterization and misrepresentation. He knows better. He knows how the legislative process works. He’s been involved in it for 25 years. He ought to be telling the truth rather than misleading the public,” Oberstar said.
In 1995, FedEx Express was reclassified by Congress under the NLRB only to have Congress rescind that in 1996. Oberstar called that “an arbitrary action by the Senate leadership.”
However it is resolved, the American public, itself trying to recover from the worst recession in decades, is going to grow tired really quickly of billion-dollar businesses bickering.