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Portland Con-way Freight Employees Vote Against Union

August 24, 2015

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Employees at Con-way Freight’s Portland, Ore., maintenance facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.

This is the second decision against union representation at a Con-way facility in the last two months, following a similar rejection at a maintenance facility in Hayward, Calif. In that case it was the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union which was voted down.

For the past year, similar votes have taken place across the nation at individual Con-way facilities, in some cases resulting in a vote in favor of the union. Con-way Freight is not the only fleet where unionization efforts have occured, with companies such as Fed-Ex Freight and drayage carriers servicing the ports also hosting votes.

“I want to thank our employees for the thorough and careful consideration they gave to this matter and for voting to remain union-free,” said Joseph Dagnese, president of Con-way Freight. “We continue to believe that our best path forward is one where we are focused on our customers, working together directly with our employees to deliver a superior service experience, without the interference of a third party.”

Con-way Freight does not have a contract with a union at any of its U.S. locations, the company says.


  1. 1. MC [ August 25, 2015 @ 02:48PM ]

    I think this is a win for the workers, and I'm pro-union. Even though the workers declined the union, the fact that the vote even happened will keep Con-Way and some of its competitors on their toes to make sure their wages, benefits and work conditions are at a high level.

    This may also help unions to realize that they need reform. I am pro-union, but the current union model in the US needs upgrading badly. It has not kept up with the times and has made unions their own worst enemies.

    In the US, some unions bring an us vs them attitude and that's detrimental to both the workers and the company. Other countries have unions that are willing to work with the companies. US laws prevent that. For example, it's illegal for union representatives (or any other type of worker representation) to sit on the company board in the US. In places like Germany, worker representation on company boards is required by law and they're one on the most productive countries in the world which so happens to have some of the best wages, benefits and working conditions anywhere.
    US unions shoot themselves in the foot when they consider it a win when they stand their ground and the company folds (I remember seeing that in the 80's and 90's when airlines were closing down during strikes). That's a lose-lose for everyone involved. That doesn't happen in countries where labor union representatives sit on company boards. They're able to discuss each others points-of-view on almost a daily basis and many times averting strikes altogether.

  2. 2. Anthony [ August 28, 2015 @ 05:08AM ]

    Unions once served a purpose, but now they have out lived their usefulness.

  3. 3. Bob [ August 28, 2015 @ 07:53AM ]

    The main advantage to the union and I talk here about the Western Conference of Teamsters, is the retirement account is secure. Where if a company is running it's own retirement account you can end up like some of the airlines that have gone under and the retirement goes with it.


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