Teamster Power Sidelined

May 24, 2013: The weak contracts at UPS and UPS Freight affect every Teamster.

After hauling in almost $4.5 billion in profits last year, UPS management has reaped another windfall: contract givebacks.

The weak contract deals affect every Teamster—not just the 250,000 members employed at UPS and UPS Freight.

How can Teamsters who work at struggling employers expect to win good contracts and defend our benfits when the International Union is rolling over and making givebacks at the most profitable transportation company in the world?

The UPS deal will save the company billions in reduced pension and healthcare costs. UP TDUSers were promised they would not have to pay for healthcare. But the contract will move more than 140,000 Teamsters into an inferior health plan and make them pay much more for healthcare.

The contract at UPS Freight introduces nonunion pay and conditions at the company that was supposed to help rebuild Teamster standards in freight.

Teamster Power Sidelined

Contract negotiations started on a high note. When UPS demanded that Teamsters pay for healthcare, members turned out by the thousands at union rallies to chant, "No way, we won't pay!"

Instead of continuing to unite and mobilize, the IBT kept members on the sidelines and in the dark with an information brownout.

Members Respond

Angry Teamsters at both UPS and UPS Freight are organizing a Vote No movement in many areas.

The UPS Freight contract is headed down in many big locals. UPS Teamsters—especially in the areas affected by the healthcare cuts—are passing out leaflets, wearing Vote No T-shirts, and have launched a "Vote No on UPS Contract" Facebook page.

The fight against contract concessions shows the spirit, creativity and energy of the Teamster rank and file. What happens now is up to the members who are leading the charge.

Hoffa and Hall want to push through the contracts, and for the Vote No rebels to get discouraged, cynical and inactive. They want members on the sidelines at contract time and all the time.

TDU stands for the opposite. We are a national grassroots movement of Teamsters organizing Teamsters.

We can win better contracts, defend our benefits and build a stronger union—but only if we get off the sidelines and work together. Information and organization equal power.

Comments

WHEN I JOINED THE UNION IN DAYTON OHIO THERE WERE ABOUT 95 UNION CARRIERS IN DAYTON WE WERE PROUD TO BE CALLED TEAMSTER WE GOT TO VOTE AT THE LOCAL UNION HALL AND WE GOT GOOD WAGES AND BENEFITS. ALSO SINCE JIMMY HOFFA WAS KILLED OUR UNION HAS WENT TO HELL IN A HAND WE NEED A LEADER WHO HAS BEEN IN THE WORK FORCE, NOT WHAT WE GOT. NOW I WORKED HARD FOR MY PENSION YET IT DONT GET ANY INCREASE. PLEASE KEEP ME INFORMED.

                             JERRY PAYNE

                            PROUD TEAMESTER SINCE 1960

                               THANK YOU

From the top IBT to our local leaders, WTF trying to push this crap down our throats? I knew Kevin Moore when he was at Alvan. His reaction would've been just like ours. Why would all locals nationwide not stand up and tell Mr. Hall to do the job he was appointed to do. Time for some answers. Time for change at all levels. Something is wrong. I believe the need for a union with good leadership and strong beliefs for rights of the membership. Strong and straight and trustworthy. I am NOT a Sheep, NO Vote here! Get back to the table and get us a real contract.

My question 

I have yet to hear this in any comments, this weak contract that is telling other workers that we are trying to recruit into the teamster union. If I worked for fedex or conway and old dominion I wouldn't touch the teamsters with a 10 foot pole. I would be thinking hell I can get this crappy deal on my own without paying dues...............All of the trucking industry is watching us now ........Let's go teamsters let's not drop the ball like Hall and Hoffa has...........VOTE NO PERIOD...........

 

Teamsters want the money! UPS wants to save on healthcare! How do we know it will be an honest count on the votes? Who will monitor the ballot count?

How do you vote for something that no one has access to read prior to the vote? Where can we read it PRIOR to a vote. It sounds like Obama care.... Vote then see.