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New Threats and Opportunities

UPS purchase of nonunion Overnite Transportation for $1.25 billion marks a new era of industry consolidation and poses a grave threat to UPS and freight Teamsters, and to the security of our pensions. But the purchase also presents the best opportunity in a long time for the Teamsters to reassert ourselves as a major force in the transportation industry. We need to seize that opportunity. The New Trucking Industry The UPS-Overnite combination is the face...

Now’s the Time to Organize Overnite

“We are hopeful that UPS long history as a company with Teamster representation will create new opportunities for Overnite workers to achieve their goals in the workplace.” —James Hoffa, May 16 IBT statement on UPS-Overnite “The Teamsters will never rest until workplace justice is a reality for our brave brothers and sisters at Overnite.” —James Hoffa, August 2001 Teamster Magazine Which is it, Mr. Hoffa: Hoping management will do the right thing, or promising a...

UPS + Overnite = Danger Ahead

UPS today is not the same company many higher seniority Teamsters went to work for: First air freight, then global reach, technology, logistics. The biggest single change is about to happen: UPS’ conversion to a full-service freight carrier. In the links below, we examine the consequences of this change, and what we can do to turn it to our advantage. If our union fails to take that step, we could pay a big price. Consider...

Retaliation Overturned

On October 1, 1998, “UPS told me to get out of here and don’t come back,” relates preloader Paul Stimpson. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but after seven years the courts have ordered UPS to put Stimpson back to work. The exact details remain to be worked out, but Stimpson will get very considerable back pay. On May 18, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “We find substantial evidence that Stimpson was terminated...

Teamster Officials Meet to Discuss UPS Contract Enforcement

In June, officers and BAs attended a meeting in Chicago to discuss the international union’s plans for UPS contract enforcement. Three years into the UPS contract, it is the first such meeting held.Whether the Chicago meeting is the start of something good or just a pre-IBT election chance to politic remains to be seen. But if the IBT says they are setting a new course, we should hold them to it. One point addressed at...
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UPS National Grievance Panel Set for March

February 21, 2014: The UPS National Grievance panel will meet in Fort Lauderdale, March 3-6.  The National Grievance Panel Docket is a whopping 116 pages. Subcontracting, the failure of UPS to post and replace full-time 22.3 jobs, and supervisors working are some of the most common violations cited. The Air Committee Docket is overloaded with grievances filed by locals across the country that management is directing Air Drivers to pick up ground packages, but refusing...

UPS Bargaining: Brownout and Threats

February 21, 2014: The information brownout has reached a new low. UPS Teamsters in Ohio, who have rejected their rider twice, will get a third ballot mailed to them on February 27, without any input or even information about changes to UPS’s offer. Meanwhile, Hoffa and Hall are using threats and rumors to try to get Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to accept their supplements, which members have decisively rejected twice. Hall’s office is...
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