FedEx lobbying in Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Executives from FedEx took their campaign against chief rival UPS to Anchorage.

Federal legislation supported by UPS would make it easier for FedEx workers to unionize. FedEx claims that could potentially allow minor labor disputes to disrupt the company's entire operation.

Persuading Sen. Mark Begich to oppose the legislation is a key reason why the executives were in Alaska on Tuesday. Begich serves on the Senate Commerce Committee, which will take up the legislation that has already passed the House.

Begich said he's spoken individually with both company's CEOs, and hopes to meet with them together. He said it's important to be careful with any legislation that could affect the Alaska's cargo industry.

FedEx employs about 1,500 workers in Alaska.

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