“We have serious concerns about XPO, based on their past performance, specifically in the Memphis area,” Teamsters strategist Dan Willett told the MBJ. “They take the low road, with respect to jobs.”

The union reached out to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen with its concerns. On the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 19, Cohen sent a letter to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis & Shelby County and its chairman Al Bright.

Cohen’s letter referenced the New York Times story and asked that the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) decision — scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 19 — be delayed.

“I implore you to extend the application timeline in order to best understand how XPO has already impacted the Shelby County community,” Cohen wrote. “If the company is unwilling to be transparent about worker safety, job quality, long term plans to invest in the community and giving workers a voice at work, they should not be once again trusted to protect workers in our community.”