The fight over how FedEx drivers should be treated has been going on for two decades. In 1996, FedEx was successful at getting Congress to beat back an effort by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) to change the labor status.
Jill Fisch, a law professor at University of Pennsylvania who has written about the political power of FedEx, said the company and its president, Smith, have successfully cultivated relationships with Congress.
She said he company was particularly effective in mobilizing its customers to lobby Congress to support its issues.
FedEx is a very savvy political player, Fisch said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.