Denis Taylor Doubles Down on Givebacks, Brownout

In a Friday morning massacre, Hoffa’s chief negotiator Denis Taylor threw off multiple members of the UPS National Negotiating Committee, including International Union Vice President Avral Thompson, for opposing givebacks.


Taylor is embarrassed that his deal-cutting is being exposed to the membership. His latest giveback would create a two-tier system in package of lower-paid “Hybrid Drivers” that deliver ground, work Sundays, and only get paid the 22.3 rate.

Taylor refuses to stand up to the company or to tell members the truth about contract negotiations, so he is lashing out at his own Negotiating Committee instead.

Today, Taylor removed Avral Thompson, John Bolton and Matt Taibi from the National Negotiating Committee. All three strongly opposed the giveback to create Hybrid Drivers.

Thompson and Bolton are officers at Louisville Local 89, one of the largest UPS locals in the country. Thompson is an International Union Vice President. Taibi is the principal officer of Rhode Island Local 251. 

“This is typical of how Hoffa and Taylor operate. They cut backroom deals, keep members in the dark and lash out at anyone who believes in standing up to the company,” Thompson said.

“UPS Teamsters are the ones who are going to have to work under this contract,” said Thompson. “They deserve a union that keeps them informed, keeps them united, takes on givebacks, and fights for a fair contract.”

"Taylor criticized us as 'adversarial appointments' to the Negotiating Committee. I always thought union leaders were supposed to be adversarial when management is attacking our contracts," said Matt Taibi. 

"I'm proud that I opposed Hybrid Drivers and other givebacks. If that gets me removed from the Committee so be it. It just gives me more time to take on UPS at the hub," Taibi said.

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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-07-10 14:55:45 -0400
    “Denis Taylor doubles down”.., on 🐀 Fornicating the members !!
    WHY ?? ( Rhetorical)
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-30 08:10:08 -0400
    How can you negotiate for Equitable Labor Agreements ,when you’re Chief Negotiator & His Boss (Hoffa) are ‘OWNED
  • Scott Kendall
    commented 2018-05-12 13:55:16 -0400
    There will be no strike. The so-called negotiations and the concessions regarding hybrid drivers are in the bag. When UPS tried to bribe part-timers with a signing bonus in 97 the union refuse to allow a vote. But this time all bribe (signing bonus) will be the table and a vote will happen.

    Get used to owning UPS stock instead of getting it in your pay or pension. That’s of course if you have money to buy stock. The Teamsters are going to allow the Wal-Martazation of the jobs. What is a meat grinder of a job with good pay and bennies will now be a meat grinding job at poverty wages and union dues due at $100 a month.

    Meanwhile, Teamsters leaders local and national will still be pulling down some 150k to $250k (or more) a year with 3 different pensions funded at 150%.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-07 16:49:38 -0400
    If..( a very big IF) ..the lawyers had been perusing Hoffa like 2003 Honorable Edwin Stier had..
    The only undercarriage passengers would be HOFFIA & that Bus would Terminate at the Dept.of Prisons
  • Hugo Leal
    commented 2018-05-05 15:01:37 -0400
    It does not surprise me to watch how the Hoffa administration is negotiating this contract. The contract that currently governs us was shoved down our throats the last time around, and this contract is going to be negotiated in the same manner. Every member must be vigilant in observing this administration’s dirty tactics. We all have to be absolute in rejecting a contract that’s going to be loaded with company concessions. Wake up Teamsters
  • Carl Gregory
    commented 2018-05-04 18:55:42 -0400
    I was informed secondhand last evening that I had been removed from my position as Shop Steward relating to my activities associated with the current Teamster United petition drives. I asked the other Steward who informed me why? He said he was told in a text by our Agent that I had chosen to back the wrong horse.

    Apparently my efforts did not go unnoticed. I am proud to counted amongst such notable reformers as Avral Thompson, John Bolton and Matt Taibi.

    Now I will able to focus my efforts forward to the reforming efforts championed by Teamster’s United and TDU!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-04 17:40:43 -0400
    The Arrogance of ‘’top down’ bargaining..!!

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