XPO workers from the United States and Europe, along with union leaders, gathered outside the XPO Logistics shareholder meeting in Greenwich, Conn., to call for CEO Bradley Jacobs to meet with them to address a laundry list of serious concerns.
A delegation attended the meeting to demand a meeting to discuss workers' concerns.
"Many of the 19,000 employees of XPO/Con-way Freight are very upset about the company's refusal to bargain in good faith, the terminal closures, the subcontracting and layoffs," said Tyson Johnson, director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. "Workers are fighting back by forming their union with the Teamsters."
"Today's action in Greenwich is historic because the Teamsters and members of several labor unions in Europe are coming together to tell the truth about XPO's campaign of global greed," said Fred Potter, director of the Teamsters Port Division. "The company is mistreating port, warehouse and freight workers across the U.S. and the world."
The union claims XPO is mismanaging the integration of its new businesses which has created significant operational and financial risk for the company and its investors. In addition to the Con-way Freight workers' struggles, the company's port and rail drivers are fighting what the union calls company driver misclassification as independent contractors.
"We applaud today's action in Greenwich," said Steve Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). "This event is the first time that a new network of concerned workers has taken action on XPO. The company has to listen. The company has to talk."
The 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 75,000 freight members, including nearly 200 at XPO/Conway. For more information, please visit www.Teamster.org.