Hoffa Moves to Impose Rejected Supplements

UPS Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Detroit Local 243 voted No by 96% and 88% to reject their supplements. But the Hoffa administration is moving to impose the rejected contracts anyway.

Hoffa_wpa_243_thumb.jpgThis betrayal goes beyond two supplements. If the Hoffa administration overrides the members, it will weaken the bargaining leverage of every Teamster.

UPS and other employers will learn they can ignore bargaining committees and the members and go straight to the Hoffa administration to get concessions.

Helping the Company

Denis Taylor told the Negotiating Committees from Western Pennsylvania and Detroit Local 243 that the supplements were being imposed because their demands were unobtainable. That’s just a lie.

In Western Pennsylvania, the rejected offer was worse than what UPS offered in October. The company took some pension contributions off the table that were in the first offer.

Hoffa, Denis Taylor, and UPS are working together to make an example out of members who voted no. They want to discourage all Teamsters by showing that our votes don’t matter.

Members will prove them wrong by using our power to vote them out and make this the last UPS contract that Hoffa and his friends ever negotiate.

Go Back to the Table

In the meantime, the national contract cannot go into effect until all of the supplements are ratified.

This puts members’ back pay on hold. But it also means UPS can’t implement cost-saving concessions like 22.4 drivers. That gives our union leverage to settle the rejected supplements on fair terms.

The only legal way for Hoffa and Denis Taylor to override the members’ vote is to go before the General Executive Board and use a loophole in Article XII, Section 6 of the Teamsters Constitution that allows the General Executive Board to amend the constitutional language on contract votes.

The GEB should uphold the members’ contract votes in Western Pennsylvania and Detroit Local 243, and direct the Package Division to work with the Supplemental Bargaining Committees to win fair agreements.

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  • Jim Cochran
    commented 2019-03-11 16:41:05 -0400
    Hello, I am a driver out of Allentown PA Local 773. Our local is a joke. We have a horrible subcontractor problem and out local does nothing because our president/BA Dennis Hower is to busy playing with Hoffa. The IBT promoted my BA to head trainer for the IBT. So now we get to hear how wonderful Dennis Taylor and Hoffa are. Then we have Pat Connors (Central PA Chairman) Pat sold out the entire supplement and my BA Dennis Hower Local 773 is useless. Next you have the bulldog (local 776 Harrisburg). This guy is awesome. He gets stuff done for his members. I was at panel hearings a while back and I will say the 776 is good at what he does. I was impressed to watch this guy in action. We want the BA from 776 to run our supplement and panel. He definitely isn’t a Hoffacer
  • Martin Labut
    commented 2019-03-07 22:14:14 -0500
    Hoffa/Taylor were grossly negligent and/or Hoffa/Taylor colluded with UPS on major changes in terms of employment, working conditions and pay affecting the total UPS membership. These changes affecting the entire UPS union workforce were NEVER explained to the members. Hoffa and Taylor have allowed UPS to violate the NLRB. The NLRB Act states an Employer MAY NOT: Refuse to furnish information the union requests that is relevant to the bargaining process or to the employees’ terms or conditions of employment.

    We have many issues with our 243 supplement. Being paid for time obtaining Airport badges; bringing other members under the Local 243 umbrella, and the 22.4 issue(s).
    Over and over again; we requested a firm answer regarding what RPCDs’ rights would be to obtain a work week that equals full time hours. The Master, Central and 243 Sup/Rider all put up to 40% of the RPCDs work week in doubt. What rights does a RPCD have if that RPCD was laid off M and T due to volume manipulation? Does that RPCD have a right to 4 Ten Hour days? Can that RPCD bump a 22.4 on a Sat or Sun? Hoffa/Taylor, UPS’s, and 243’s answer was….“WE DONT KNOW
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-03-07 21:34:41 -0500

    a name that lives in labor INFAMY
  • Daniel Matthews
    commented 2019-03-07 16:10:19 -0500
    If the rejected western Pa offer is actually less than the original, the committee should file ULP charge for regressive offer and take UPS to task. Hoffa and Taylor would not have a leg to stand on if the offer is truly regressive and supported by facts.
  • Chuck Weyandt
    commented 2019-03-07 15:26:35 -0500
    Guess our votes don’t count. This is just crazy 96% voted Western PA supplement down. 63% of our members voted, not 66%. Hoffa is only in this for himself!!! No sense in voting….it doesn’t matter. Hoffa needs to be ousted!!!!!!
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