Hoffa's Negotiator Threatens to Overrule UPS Contract Vote

After teaming up with UPS management to push a Yes vote, the Hoffa administration is now threatening to impose the contract even if a majority of UPSers Vote No.

Hoffa’s Package Division Director Denis Taylor made this threat at a meeting of local union leaders at the UPS national grievance panel in San Diego on Wednesday.

If Hoffa and Taylor impose contract givebacks that have been rejected by a majority of the members, they will betray every UPSer and send every Teamster the message that their voice and their vote doesn’t count.

Professional union-busters and Right-to-Work (for less) propagandists will have a field day.

Contract Votes & the IBT Constitution

Taylor claims the Teamster Constitution requires this sellout. It does not.

Taylor cherry-picked a clause in the Constitution that allows negotiators to accept a contract if fewer than half of the members vote, unless the contract is rejected by a two-thirds vote. But that is only half of the story.

The same section of the Constitution says the Negotiating Committee can go back to the table to bargain “additional provisions as can be negotiated by it.” [Article XII, Section 2(d)]

Our negotiators can return to the bargaining table and win a better contract—and that’s what they need to do if the contract is rejected by the members.  

We Can Win a Better Contract

Our union has leverage. UPS is making record profits and has every reason to avoid disruption and bad PR during peak. The economy is strong and there is a nationwide shortage of truck drivers.

Just this week, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour, putting pressure on UPS to raise part-time pay.

UPSers do not accept $13 starting pay and no catch-up raises for part-timers. They do not accept two-tier 22.4 drivers that will slash the pay and 9.5 rights of the next generation of drivers.

If the contract is rejected on Friday, the International Union needs to return to the table to address these and other issues that caused members to Vote No.

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  • Mark Burns
    commented 2018-10-08 10:00:39 -0400
    My guess Hoffa couldn’t spell UPS let alone know what they do. But he should does not mind sucking money out of you paychecks.
  • Alexander Meleski
    commented 2018-10-08 08:56:34 -0400
    Get back to the bargaining table! We voted no! You low life scum
  • Phil Casey
    commented 2018-10-07 02:28:04 -0400
    When the rank & file walk off the job & tell their BA & Local President they will decide & not their elected local officers, is when you re gain control of you Union. It is never easy, but always necessary.
  • Mark Burns
    commented 2018-10-06 08:58:58 -0400
    Organized thuggery.
  • Than Ball
    commented 2018-10-05 21:30:07 -0400
    Well we know where their allegiances lie…

    Just remember this come election time, everyone. They’re supposed to represent the will of YOU the workers who voted for them. Instead some Jeff Bezos or whoever is paying them off to do their bidding!
  • Phil Casey
    commented 2018-10-05 14:21:23 -0400
    A large wild cat strike which is LEGAL the day after the CBA ends, is the only thing that will work. You have to have a large impact on their revenue. Then they come to the table and ask what will bring you back to work? Until that happens, we all are just pounding the keyboard. Phil Casey Retired ABF City. Indianapolis.
  • Citoyen DuMonde
    commented 2018-10-05 10:18:11 -0400
    With USPS working without a contract this is the perfect time for both groups of logistics workers to strike. Which is precisely why the union will go to any lengths to block it!
    If you guys link up your struggle with USPS you have the power to pretty much shut down the economy! Don’t let the union tell you a concession ridden contract is the “best we can do”!
  • Naomi Spencer
    commented 2018-10-04 16:15:10 -0400
    This thug is blatantly anti-democratic. They are trying to force through a horrible contract on workers who have exercised their union right to vote against it. Workers said no and the union is stomping all over them.

    And TDU calls on workers to call a phone number? This is the union equivalent of “call your congressman.” What a joke.

    The UPS workers don’t need to call a phone number that nobody is going to answer. They need to go out on strike, and call for a general strike. They need to occupy the facilities and elect independent leadership from among themselves.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-10-04 14:13:19 -0400
    " To ENSUREa culture of DEMOCRACY can Evolve"..,
    Consent Orders #2 Mandate..
    Get on it Joe IIO !!
  • Herbert Garber
    commented 2018-10-04 13:53:05 -0400
    That could lead to quite an uproar by the Members leading to Hoffa’s ouster before the next election.
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