“Vote No” Contract Unity Signs UPS

Order Vote No signs to mobilize members to vote to reject contract givebacks at UPS.

UPS is making $6 billion in profits. But the proposed contract is full of givebacks. This deal paves the way for five more years of harassment, excessive overtime, subcontracting, and low-part-time wages–unless we stop it!

We can send UPS and the Hoffa administration back to the negotiating table to fix this broken deal. But that will only happen if we inform the members and Vote No on the proposed contract. Are you ready to do your part?

UPS Teamsters United has printed up new Vote No contract signs. Will you help reach out to UPSers and spread the word that it’s time to get ready to Vote No?

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UPS Has 260,000 Union Workers and They’ve Just Authorized a Strike

By BloombergJune 6, 2018
United Parcel Service (ups) workers authorized their union to call what would be the first strike since 1997, giving negotiators more leverage in talks to replace a labor contract that expires at the end of July.

Of the workers from the package unit who voted, 93% favored the authorization and 91% of UPS freight employees agreed to the measure, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced on a webcast. The rate of voter participation wasn’t provided. A strike authorization is common during negotiations to put pressure on the company, said UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara. Even with that, the union can’t go on strike until after the current contract expires on July 31.

“UPS is confident in our ability to reach an agreement that meets the needs of our employees and the business,” Zaccara said.  The labor talks are proceeding amid discussions on pay and work schedules, as UPS looks to increase warehouse automation to keep up with surging demand from e-commerce shipments. The union has proposed increasing the part-time starting wage as well as improving the overall pay structure, according to a statement on its website. It’s also pushing the courier to increase contributions to health and welfare and pension funds.

Union leaders urged support for strike authorization in a letter dated May 15 and signed by James P. Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters, and Denis Taylor, co-chair of the union’s UPS National Negotiating Committee. The last time negotiations broke down was in 1997 when drivers went on strike for less than three weeks before terms were reached.

“Nobody wants a strike. It hurts the company and it hurts members,” they said in the letter. “However, the ability to strike is necessary in order to ensure a timely and positive conclusion to negotiations. We have to show that we’re not afraid of striking.”

Deal Prospects
UPS declined 0.1% to $116.81 in New York. The shares have lost 2% this year, compared with the 1.1% decline of a Standard & Poor’s index of industrial companies and an advance of almost 1% for FedEx Corp.

Voting began in the middle of last month and concluded June 3. About 260,000 UPS workers are employed under a national master agreement with the union, the company said.

UPS and the Teamsters already have reached tentative agreements on a “wide variety of non-economic issues,” Zaccara said.

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Pension Grievance Nets $120,000 From UPS For Two Local 162 Members

Teamsters Local 162 members George Meadows and Ken Lopez both honorably served lengthy tours of duty in the Army including service in Iraq while employed at UPS. They returned from active duty in 2009 and both received promotions to full-time package driving jobs and are now full-time feeder drivers at the UPS facility in Portland, Oregon.

However, after a recent discussion with Local 162 feeder shop steward Walt Lawson, Meadows was advised to contact the pension office to make sure that UPS made the required pension contributions for his term of military service. Lawson also advised Meadows to contact Local 162 President Mark Davison if the pension contributions had in fact not been made. In Portland, Teamsters at UPS are covered by the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust.
Unfortunately, the appropriate payments to both Meadows’ pension had not been made. A grievance was filed by Meadows and processed by Local 162 and Davison. Meadows then spread the word to fellow military veteran Ken Lopez and encouraged him to also call the pension office. It was discovered that UPS had also not made pension contributions on Lopez’s behalf and he also filed a grievance at Local 162. Ultimately, it was found that UPS had failed to properly apply the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) rule with regard to return to work and pension rights in both cases.
USERRA was signed into law in 1994 by President Clinton. The law grants reemployment and benefits rights to any member of the uniformed services. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Reserves, Army and Air National Guards.
Key rights under USERRA include protecting an employee’s job while serving in the military and the payment of pension contributions for an employee’s period of military service upon their return to work. For Teamsters working at UPS the payment, of pension contributions is a significant issue as the hourly rates negotiated by the union into the pension plans are the highest in the transportation industry.
The end result of Local 162’s grievances on behalf of the members has amounted to pension contributions in excess of $120,000 to the Western Conference Pension Trust. These contributions grant Meadows and Lopez not only a higher monthly pension check but also the ability to retire several years sooner.

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