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November 13, 2014 9:00 AM, EST

FedEx Freight, Con-way Freight Workers Reject Teamsters

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Workers at a FedEx Freight terminal and a Con-way Freight terminal voted against Teamsters representation, impeding the union’s organizing drive.

FedEx Freight drivers in Newark, New Jersey, turned down the union by an undisclosed margin. Con-way Freight workers in Manchester, New Hampshire rejected union representation by a 29-15 margin. Both companies disclosed the vote outcomes in statements.

“We were gratified that our Manchester employees, after having the opportunity to review all the facts and make an informed choice, rejected the Teamsters union and clearly communicated their intention to remain union-free,” Con-way Freight President Greg Lehmkuhl said in a statement.

“We are proud of our employees for doing their homework on the union and making an informed decision against third-party interference,” FedEx Freight said in a statement.  “With this distraction over, our team members in Newark can now get back to focusing on doing what they do best, which is providing excellent service to our customers.”

Over the past few months, the Teamsters have been seeking to organize FedEx Freight, the largest less-than-truckload carrier, and the Con-way unit that is third largest in that sector.

At FedEx Freight, each side has prevailed twice. A fifth election was canceled just before the scheduled polling date. The tally at Con-way is two votes in favor of Teamsters representation and three against.

Parent FedEx Corp. ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada. Con-way Inc. is No. 4.