Five Ways UPSers Can Fight Back

From demanding the Teamsters go back to the bargaining table to voting Hoffa out of office, here are five ways that UPSers can fight back.

UPSers are furious and rightly. We organized and Voted No to reject contract givebacks and Denis Taylor is threatening to impose them anyway by saying the contracts we rejected are “ratified.”

We need to focus our anger where it belongs—and put it to good use.

Hoffa and management want us to give up or turn on each other and blame the members who didn’t vote. But more members voted this time than last time—and a clear majority of us united against contract givebacks. We are on the rise.

Here are five ways UPSers can fight back

1. Demand Negotiations & a New Contract Vote 

UPSers need to demand that General President Hoffa respect the vote of the members, return to the bargaining table, and put an improved contract offer out to a vote.

2. Eliminate the Two-Thirds Rule 

The two-thirds rule in any form needs to be eliminated from the Teamster Constitution. Members can make this happen at the next Teamster Convention. Vote No activists will make plans to win this and other reforms at the upcoming TDU Convention.

3. Take Back Our Locals 

Too many UPSers are represented by Local Union leaders that side with Hoffa and the company. We need to take back our union.

Some UPSers are already leading the way. UPSers in Dallas Local 767 and New York Local 804 are running for union office right now to throw pro-Hoffa, pro-company officials out of office.

TDU has launched the Future Reform Officers initiative to help Teamsters run for office and build local unions that stand up to the employers.

4. Give Hoffa the Boot 

When this contract is over, the job is to elect new International Union leadership.

The UPS contract betrayal proves beyond any doubt that Hoffa needs to go. UPS Teamsters cannot vote out Hoffa by ourselves. But we are by far the largest voting bloc.

UPSers are located in every city and town in North America.

We can form the backbone of a grassroots campaign that can drive Hoffa out of office and elect new leadership that will fight the company and not the members by teaming up with members from other industries through the Teamsters for a Democratic Union network.

5. Check Out Teamsters for a Democratic Union 

TDU launched the UPS Teamsters United campaign to involve every interested UPSer in opposing givebacks and fighting for a good contract.

But winning real change takes more than a contract campaign. We need an ongoing national network.

TDU brings Teamster activists together from every industry to:

  • fight for good contracts and enforce them
  • educate stewards and Teamster activists
  • develop a new generation of leaders
  • run for union office and build stronger local unions
  • elect new International Union leadership and hold them accountable

TDU’s national Convention is coming up, November 2-4 in Chicago. We’ll be planning next steps after the contract vote and holding educational workshops, too.

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  • Paul Buehl
    followed this page 2018-10-17 18:36:36 -0400
  • John Ginther
    commented 2018-10-16 17:34:55 -0400
    Bye bye Jimmy! Stay overseas! You r a Teamster disgrace!
  • Jeff McLeod
    commented 2018-10-16 14:51:58 -0400
    Luxury of loopholes: it is the Hoffa legacy. Even had to do with how he got into office in the first place.
    It seems to me that it’s simple math: the people who vote actually CARE. The majority voted NO, and he and his cronies had better listen.
    It is a shame when non-voters have a louder voice than voters on both sides COMBINED!
    If you’ve been at UPS for more than 10 years, think of two issues that you (or someone else) regularly has to deal with. Have those issues been addressed? I bet not. This contract is crap and the people who “negotiated” it should be treated as such.
    This is ridiculous on many levels.
  • Robert Sheffer
    commented 2018-10-14 19:44:55 -0400
    I don’t think the 2/3 rule can be changed retroactively but it can be changed going forward.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-10-14 11:25:04 -0400
    1.VOTE ( Teamsters United Candidates)
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  • Too Tall Jones
    commented 2018-10-09 14:08:19 -0400
    You should eliminate the fifth suggestion. To boldly advertise TDU election campaign at this moment looks opportunistic.
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