MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Americans overwhelmingly oppose the proposed government “brown bailout” for United Parcel Service that would give UPS an industry edge for overnight deliveries, according to a new national poll conducted June 2-3 by Public Opinion Strategies for “BrownBailout.com.”
Nearly seven out of 10 Americans polled oppose the government intervention and 80 percent say the federal government should stop bailing out companies and let the market determine who succeeds.
“BrownBailout.com” was launched by FedEx Express, the creator of the overnight delivery, to educate the public about the bailout language buried within the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 currently before Congress. As written, it calls for FedEx Express to be removed from coverage under the Railway Labor Act, the law under which FedEx Express was founded in the 1970’s and has always operated under. By removing FedEx Express from RLA, Congress would expose FedEx operations to service interruptions that could impact the shipment of critical goods like medicines and essential inventory.
UPS is lobbying for this change because it believes the RLA gives FedEx Express a “competitive advantage.” Without RLA controls however the government would in effect give UPS unfair advantage by potentially putting in jeopardy the reliability of the FedEx integrated delivery network.
Americans have come to depend on the FedEx Express next-day delivery network to supply all its most essential needs.
The national telephone survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies of 800 registered voters, and has a margin of error of the poll is +/- 3.46%.
Highlights of the survey include:
For more information on UPS’ “Brown Bailout”, visit www.BrownBailout.com.