FedEx Ground Contractor Group disbands, denounces calls for work stoppages

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An organization aiming to give FedEx Ground contractors a collective voice disbanded on Friday, just months after it was launched as a centerpiece of ousted delivery contractor Spencer Patton’s campaign for change at the company.

All board members and committee members of the Logistics Professionals Trade Association have resigned effective Friday, “effectively ending the organization,” according to an update on its website. It was also noted that Patton previously resigned on October 25.

“The committee members have nominated themselves to join this group with a clear, shared goal: to better promote an effective dialogue with FedEx Ground,” the update reads. “After extensive discussion and research, it is clear that this committee is not structurally appropriate to achieve this goal and that there are better options.”

Patton announced the launch of TALP in August, with the goal of helping contractors raise concerns, request changes and “participate in legal challenges against FedEx Ground as needed.”

Ground has resisted efforts to collectively negotiate financial terms, with President and CEO John Smith warning contractors in a memo that doing so would constitute a breach of contract. The company has around 6,000 contractors running its pickup, delivery and delivery Line bus traffic Services.

weeks after SOLE launched, Ground ended its agreements with Patton as it continued its outspoken campaign to change the way the company compensates and supports its contractors.

In the update announcing its dissolution, SOLE denounced “any call for work stoppages that may have been linked to this organization or any individual member of this organization”. Prior to his downfall as a ground contractor, Patton had warned his company not to halt operations of delivery routes from November 25 unless the company offered more favorable terms to its current arrangement.

TALP’s message said the group remains optimistic about Ground’s long-term potential, noting that management recently held a series of meetings with contractors.

“We are encouraged by these meetings and encourage all contractors to take an active and constructive part in these discussions,” the update said. “The success of FedEx Ground and its contractors depends on our engaging in a good faith dialogue to unlock the entrepreneurial potential inherent in our business model.”

Patton did not immediately respond to a message asking for comment. FedEx Ground declined to comment.

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