The changes to the hours of service regulations are being celebrated by many trucking associations around the country, and they have Senator Collins to thank for it. Here’s a little information on the woman behind the HOS amendment.
-First elected in 1996, this is her 3rd term.
-In 2011 Collins got trucks weighing up to 100,000 lbs on Maine highways that were once re-routed to busy downtown streets.
-Collins lives in a rural northern part of Maine, it’s big trucking country.
– Collins efforts won praise by many trucking associations as well as FedEx.
– FedEx was her 9th largest contributor with $44,500.
-Collins raised $2.76 million in total.
-She has fought for many other issues including, repealing $50 billion in tax breaks for tobacco industry and helped repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”
– In 2002 she became chairman of Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and continues to work as a member.
With 222 drivers the Charlotte, North Carolina Fedex Freight location has the largest amount of drivers. This location has just voted to join the union, altering the number of unionized FedEx Freight drivers to 400 drivers. These drivers come from just three FedEx Freight locations. FedEx Freight has not been shy about its anti-union beliefs saying that workers and management should discuss issues directly. The National Labor Relations Acts specifies that voting on union representation has to occur terminal by terminal and not across an entire company. Three locations have approved unionization, two locations have rejected it and teamsters has withdrawn petitions at three locations. FedEx Freight has 355 locations.
The Kansas Supreme Court sides with the contractors who worked for FedEx for about 9 years without having correct employee status. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that FedEx had to give these contractors correct employee status as employee drivers based on the Kansas Wage Payment Act. Without correct employee status these contractors worked over-time with no compensation and were not reimbursed for expenses.