Board says FedEx truck drivers are employees, not independent contractors

| 2/3/2006

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of 23 truck drivers in Massachusetts who filed a case against FedEx Home Delivery in a dispute about their employment status.

The FedEx division exercised control over the contractors’ performance, according to the NLRB decision. Therefore, the truckers should be considered employees and not independent contractors.

As employees, the truck drivers now have access to company perks and the right to vote on whether to join a union.

The Teamsters joined in lauding the labor board’s decision. A spokesman told media sources the union is urging the Massachusetts attorney general to investigate FedEx’s use of independent contractors.

But FedEx has no plans to stop using independent contractors, the managing director of communications told The Boston Globe. The company plans to appeal the NLRB decision.