FedEx warehouse workers in Canada join union in North America first – Reuters

Workers at a FedEx Corp warehouse in western Canada have successfully unionized, the first employees besides pilots at the package delivery company to organize in North America, a local Teamsters union said on Wednesday.

The majority of dock associates at FedEx Freight Canada in Surrey, British Columbia, signed cards with the Teamsters stating they wish to be represented by the union. The Teamsters already represent Canadian workers at rival shippers United Parcel Service Inc and Purolator, a Canadian courier majority owned by Canadian Post Corp.

The Teamsters were certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board on Monday, the union said.


UPS Plans to Use Social Media to Deliver the Needed Holiday Workers – Wall Street Journal

Even at 108 years old, United Parcel Service Inc. knows how to tweet.

Last year, about 25,000 of the delivery giant’s total 85,000 seasonal hires came through social media, says Lytana Kids, vice president of workforce planning. She thinks that strategy will pay off again this year as the company seeks to hire even more drivers, loaders and sorters to help out during the holidays.

Social media is appealing in part because of the company’s targeted prospective employees. College students make excellent “delivery helpers”–riding along with the driver to help deliver packages, she says. Helper jobs, which make up a bulk of the needed workers between Thanksgiving and Christmas, typically pay $10 an hour.

UPS Begins Hiring for 2014 Holiday Season

  • 90,000-95,000 seasonal employees needed to handle anticipated e-commerce-driven holiday delivery surge
  • UPS improving forecasting, capacity, package tracking and customer communication to meet ongoing e-commerce and B2B shipping demands
  • Seasonal positions often an entry point to long-term UPS employment

UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced that it expects to hire between 90,000 – 95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated holiday surge in package deliveries that will begin in October and continue through January 2015. The company is gearing up for increased holiday delivery volume in 2014 as it prepares to play a pivotal role in helping retailers take advantage of the holiday gift-giving season. The seasonal positions as package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers have long been an entry point for permanent employment, training and career opportunity after the company re-assesses its needs following the holiday period.

WSJ: E-commerce is big problem for UPS – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Free shipping on online orders, fierce competition from other delivery services, and Amazon’s power to drive down shipping costs are creating problems for Atlanta-based United Parcel Service.

UPS’s (NYSE: UPS) average revenue on each Internet-related package it handles is dropping, the Wall Street Journal reports in a story published Thursday that includes an interview with the Atlanta-based company’s new chief executive officer David Abney.

“Even though net income last year was the highest ever at UPS, profit margins on deliveries in the U.S. have been flat for three years, a sign that online sales aren’t helping the bottom line as much as they used to,” WSJ reports.