Hoffa Administration Responds to International VPs

After members Voted No, UPS issued a statement that the contract was rejected and the company would return to the bargaining table. But in a new letter, Hoffa's legal counsel claims the contract had to be ratified and that the union plans “future discussions with the company” to negotiate “additional provisions” in the national UPS agreement.

hoffa-taylor-thumb.jpgThis latest statement comes in a November 7 letter to members of the General Executive Board (GEB). Seven members of the GEB have demanded a response from Hoffa to their call for a GEB meeting to interpret the IBT Constitution on the bogus “ratification” by the Hoffa administration. Since Hoffa is apparently incapable of speaking for himself, he had the IBT Legal Department issue a nine-page memorandum.

The letter reasserts the position that the national contract has been ratified and there will not be another vote on whatever the “additional provisions” are, if any. This memo, which tries to blame Fred Zuckerman for everything, but global warming, ignores one stark fact: it was Denis Taylor, not UPS management, who claimed that the contract was ratified.

The letter admits that in 2013 supplements rejected by a simple majority were renegotiated and re-voted, but makes the unsubstantiated claim that it was UPS management which insisted this time (unlike 2013) that they get to interpret the Teamster constitution.

In fact, management initially stated publicly and to the media that it was not ratified and that they would return to bargaining. They prepared a PCM to announce to all employees that UPSers “voted no to ratifying” the contract. They changed it after Denis Taylor gave away our bargaining leverage.

Seven members of the GEB continue to demand a meeting to vote on this situation. Vice President Sean O’Brien wrote to each GEB member asking them to take a stand, but most have chosen to be cowards.

The seven who stand with the members are Central VPs Bill Frisky, Tony Jones, Bob Kopystynsky, and Avral Thompson, Southern VPs John Palmer and Kim Schultz, and Eastern VP Sean O’Brien.

As for the upcoming discussions with the company, which the letter claims will happen after UPS Freight is settled, the members have made their issues very clear.

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  • Scott Kendall
    commented 2018-11-29 14:58:35 -0500
    UPS workers need to put signs in their car windows.

    “Not MY Contract” This is a contract for Teamster bosses and UPS management. It’s not a rank and file contract. This should be made to be seen and heard, every day.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-11-12 18:09:59 -0500
    The other Vice Presidents executive officers , trustees etc…are & always have been, identified on the opening pages of EVERY members IBT. Teamster magazine.
    Welcome to the Teamsters.
  • Jeff Watz
    commented 2018-11-11 12:44:27 -0500
  • Lawrence Paraday
    commented 2018-11-11 08:44:01 -0500
    I would like to no who the other 14 V.P. are so we can make sure they dont get reelected in 3 years! Shame on them!
  • Thomas Glidden
    commented 2018-11-10 16:57:11 -0500
    Toney – I’m not an expert, but there seems to me to be grounds for charges. The leadership needs to represent the membership and clearly that’s not happening. The NLRB is the agency that would over see this. I don’t know what the chances of winning that or what evidence would be needed to win, but clearly Hoffa is not representing the members. Maybe someone out there knows more about that and could help guide us. I too would file if need be.
  • Demetrick Toney
    commented 2018-11-10 16:03:42 -0500
    Hey if their is something to file I would definitely like to know so I could file with the labor board or any other place to file just let me know.
    Demetrick Toney Local #135
  • Thomas Glidden
    commented 2018-11-10 14:10:32 -0500
    Does anyone know if a NLRB charge has been filed? And if not , Why not? Just wondering.
  • Tracy Phillips
    commented 2018-11-10 06:02:48 -0500
    UPS contracts have been absolute trash for the last 10yrs, it appears that we are working on year 15 of another trash contract. No over 70 or irregular size package protections. Screw 70hr workweeks, who and hell would think that is a good idea. No penalty for 22.4 working over a RPCD, if said RPCD is laid off. UPS only listens to penalty PAY, not hot air out of one’s mouth.
  • Demetrick Toney
    commented 2018-11-09 20:29:46 -0500
    This is absolutely disgusting that the leadership has had us endure this they are supposed to represent the will of the members not UPS we pay them to do just that represent us. So can someone anyone tell me why they are still representing us and why we can’t get rid of them for a least 3 or 4 years later can anybody tell me that?
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-11-09 15:40:12 -0500
    A name that will
    live in labor
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-11-09 15:40:12 -0500
    A name that will
    live in labor
  • Sheldon Williams
    commented 2018-11-09 14:57:52 -0500
    Dear Mr. James P Hoffa, jr.

    It is increasingly obvious that working UPS Teamsters are willingly to fight for better contracts and that your IBT is NOT! As a 33 year member of this once great union, I must respectfully ask that you tender your resignation by years end!

    Sheldon L Williams
    Local 688
  • Alan Hannen
    commented 2018-11-09 10:42:06 -0500
    No more concessions!
    No more ignoring the rank and file!
    No more BS!
  • Steve Patistea
    commented 2018-11-08 20:54:33 -0500
    Hoffa threatened YRCW members with a “vote till you get it right”ultimatum 10 years ago and caused a ripple effect of lower wages and pension contributions throughout the freight industry that is still affecting the industry to this day. YRCW members gave over 4.5 billion dollars back to the company in base wages alone and the company has still not fully paid there 1.1 billion dollar debt off completely.
    Hoffa has ruined the future of unions and workers rights and his father, who died standing up to corporate greed, must be turning over in his grave in disgust of his son who is a company whore.
    My mantra to these big corporations is " WE WILL VOTE NO TILL YOU GET IT RIGHT"
    Steve Patistea Local 251.
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