NM chamber sides with FedEx in labor law debate

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Posted: Dec 11, 2009 12:41 PM

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has sided with FedEx Corp. following a debate with rival package delivery company UPS Inc.

Representatives from the two companies argued before the chamber in October about a labor bill pending in Congress. The House version would switch FedEx Express employees to the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act. They're now under the National Railway Labor Act, which makes it harder to strike.

Atlanta-based UPS claims the move would level the playing field for package delivery companies. Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx says it would lead to a UPS monopoly.

Chamber President and CEO Terri Cole said Thursday that the chamber's board found no compelling reason to change the labor laws.

The chamber says current laws promote cost-effective and quality package delivery service.