FedEx labor bill battle on horizon

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    FedEx labor bill battle on horizon - Commercial Appeal

    The high-stakes endgame in a three-year battle to pass a multiyear Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill is expected to move to the floor of the Senate this week, but all acknowledge a labor issue FedEx has made its highest legislative priority will be resolved behind closed doors.

    The language amending the Railway Labor Act to give certain FedEx Express employees the right to form local bargaining units isn't in the Senate bill, but it is in the House version. Even if the Senate passes its bill, there are a variety of ways the issue could be resolved — or stalemated.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he hopes the Senate can get to the measure this week. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has a hold on the bill, meaning it won't be acted on unless there are 60 votes to move forward, but many are clamoring for action. It was unclear Friday how many amendments would need to be debated before a final vote.