Mini-Rumination: Fed Ex vs. UPS

When you have a package that absolutely, positively has to be there, do you call Federal Express or UPS?  Does it matter to you?

Consider this morsel of information from the July/August edition of the magazine Washington Monthly.

Consider, for example, how FedEx Ground has long treated the men and women who drive its trucks.  The company obligated the drivers to lease FedEx trucks, to wear FedEx uniforms, and to deliver FedEx packages along routes assigned by the company.  Then the company insisted on classifying the drivers as independent contractors, a status that enabled FedEx to protect itself against unionization and to avoid paying benefits.

Well, in light of this information, it does matter to The Curmudgeon, and all he can say is:  “Go Big Brown.”

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