The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is increasing pressure on FedEx Ground following a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that contends 23 drivers working for FedEx Home Delivery (FHD) in Northboro, MA, should be considered employees and not independent contractors.

The Teamsters said those drivers are seeking union representation from Teamsters Local 170 in nearby Worcester and the NLRB’s decision should clear the way for them to hold an election in the next month.

“This decision sends a clear message to FedEx Ground -- stop misclassifying your workers to fatten your bottom line,” said Teamsters’ president Jim Hoffa. “These workers deserve health and welfare benefits, competitive wages and a voice in the workplace.”