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October 14, 2014 9:10 AM, EDT

FedEx Freight Workers Reject Teamsters in N.J. Vote

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FedEx Freight drivers at the Cinnaminson, New Jersey, terminal have voted against becoming Teamsters in the first-ever unionization vote at the nation’s largest less-than-truckload company, the company said.

A second election is taking place Oct. 14 at a FedEx Freight terminal in Philadelphia. FedEx Freight released a statement about the N.J. vote, but a vote count wasn’t disclosed.

“We applaud their decision” said the statement from the unit of the company that ranks No. 2 on Transport Topics Top 100 For-Hire Carriers in the United States and Canada. “FedEx Freight respects each employee’s right to make his or her own decision, but we prefer to work directly with employees without involving a union. We believe our drivers in Cinnaminson made the right decision.”

The union didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The union has been seeking to make inroads at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, with multiple union representation elections that have either been scheduled by the National Labor Relations Board or sought by the union.

Con-way workers voted in favor of a union in Laredo, Texas, last month. Union representation votes are taken on a terminal-by-terminal basis, and the outcome at one facility doesn’t affect the status of workers at other locations.