May 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Greenwich, Conn – More than 60 truck drivers, some coming from as far away as France and Belgium, rallied outside XPO Logistics’ shareholders’ meeting here May 11 to protest layoffs and wage theft.
XPO, which recently acquired three smaller trucking companies, insists that its U.S. drivers sign exclusive contracts that bar them from working for other companies, but classifies them as “independent contractors” so it doesn’t have to pay for overtime or workers’ compensation, said Teamsters international vice president Fred Potter, director of the union’s port division. XPO’s European drivers are union members, but its American ones are not. Company CEO Bradley Jacobs says that’s because U.S. workers prefer the flexibility of being independent contractors and “don’t see any value” in a union. XPO agreed afterwards to meet with the European unions, but only if the Teamsters were excluded, said Teamsters spokesperson Galen Munroe. The international unions won’t meet with the company unless the Teamsters are allowed. Read more