The country's two largest private package-delivery companies, UPS and
It stems from a historical quirk of the law.
The 102-year-old UPS began as a trucking company and falls under the National Labor Relations Act, which
allows local groups of workers to form unions.
The railway act, which also covers airlines, aims to minimize the impact of local strikes on national infrastructure and makes unionizing more difficult.
Whatever their origins, both companies now boast extensive networks of airplanes, shipping hubs, and
delivery trucks. But the labor classification has made it far easier for UPS workers to unionize than their
In May, the House passed a re-authorization bill for the
"This is a piece of legislation
written by UPS, for UPS, and only benefiting UPS. That's a bailout, and Americans are sick of it," says
For its part, UPS says that different rules applied to workers doing the same jobs are inherently
anti-competitive. "We're just looking for the same rules of the road. A trucker is a trucker is a trucker,"
At the moment, the
Women's stagnation in the corporate penthouse continues, according to Catalyst, a New York-based organization that aggregates data about and presses for women's advancement in the corporate hierarchy.
Apparently, some in the old media have decided that it is, in fact, an either/or game and that the best way to save, if not journalism, at least themselves, is by pointing fingers and calling names. It's a tactic familiar to schoolyard inhabitants everywhere: when all else fails, reach for the nearest insult and throw it around indiscriminately.
Breaking the Corporate Glass Ceilings
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Contemporary examples of strong crisis leadership are in surprisingly short supply, experts say. And all too often, the reaction to a crisis is to hunker down and ride it out. But there are a few modern standouts, especially in the business world.
The New Orleans masses who huddled in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, the Enron retirees who lost their life savings, and the laid-off workers buried under the economic ruin of financial companies all live with a simple truth. Just as spectacularly as great leadership can spark success, failed leadership can bring down cities, businesses, and economies
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